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exploring self-realization, sacred personhood, and full humanity


Jiddu Krishnamurti
1895 - 1986


A man who is really free has no choice; he is free not to do this or that but to be; where there is choice, there is no freedom because that very choice springs from our conditioned state.




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Editor’s prefatory comments:

Jiddu Krishnamurti has been an important teacher in my life. I began learning about the “true” and “false” selves about 15 years ago, and his insights served to inaugurate this vital area of enquiry.

He was the one to make clear that “guru” signifies merely “one who points,” not “infallible sage.” Pointing the way is what even the best teachers provide, but no more. One must walk the path of enlightenment alone, no one can do this for us.





Editor’s note: Krishnamurti’s discussion on “choice” was originally posted on the “Choice” page, but it is good to include it here among the many other lectures.

READ MORE on the “Choice” page




Editor's last word:

Compare K's dictum with an observation from Orwell concerning totalitarianism: 

Choice as becoming who you really are, allowing it to percolate upward, versus suppressing individuality in favor of the hive mentality.