Jiddu Krishnamurti, lived in the 20th century is one of the biggest philosophers of all time. He was born in May 1895 and died in February 1986.
His teachings are timeless and universal.
He said that to find happiness, inner peace and security in our lives we have to free ourselves from the obstacles of fear, anger, pain and sadness.
His books and speeches influenced great writers, like Aldous Huxley, Henry Miller, and Iris Merdoch, and many professors of eminent universities refer to his work.
#1. “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti
And that possibly means to "observe" not only others but ourselves, without any judgment for ourselves or for others. Nothing good ever came out of the habit to criticize people. One wrong action can teach us to manage a situation differently and we should not feel guilty for rejecting our partner, or a friend in just a bad moment.
#2. “You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti
Life is not just black and white. It has a full palette of colors. Some days or even longer periods will be painted with darker shades, but they will come days that will be painted in vibrant colors. There is a reason behind everything that we are going through. Most times we don't believe in the phrase " everything happens for a reason", but if we realize this fact we are one step closer to happiness.
#3. “To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is the intention. The intention must be to understand ourselves and not to leave it to others to transform themselves or to bring about a modified change through revolution, either of the left or of the right. It is important to understand that this is our responsibility, yours and mine...”
Mahatma Gandhi said the same thing using different words. He said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." If we change our way of thinking - this can be anything, like avoiding negative thoughts - we will change the way we act, and this will lead to different feelings and life experiences. We cannot change anyone, and we shouldn't even want something like that. We can change ourselves.
#4. What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it. -Jiddu Krishnamurti
How many actions we take or miss just because we are afraid of something? We may be afraid that someone that we love will go away and stop loving us, or that someone will not agree with our choices. We may feel fear about how someone will criticize us and this might lead to losing something important. By recognizing our fears we can overcome them.
#5. “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti
Jiddu Krishnamurti did not belong to any religious organization, sect or country, nor was a member of a political or ideological school of thought.He claimed that these were the factors that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war. He reminded his listeners again and again that we are all human beings first and not Hindus, Muslims or Christians, we are not different from each other. He said that we should walk "softly" on the earth without destroying the environment.