For this challenge, you will need one quote from Jiddu Krishnamurti every day, a notebook and a pen. It doesn’t matter which day of the month you will start this challenge. You can start it anytime and anywhere. Think of this as a sign from the Universe and whenever you see this post you can start the challenge, either 1st or 31st of the month.
Jiddu Krishnamurti is an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. He has been proclaiming the necessity of total spiritual freedom (even from teachers) through persistent self-awareness.
Every morning read one quote. If you are not a morning person or don’t have plenty of time in the morning, try this challenge at any time of the day when you can. But, I would recommend doing it in the morning before your day start.
You can download the pdf-document at the end of this post, so you will have these quotes on your computer or phone.
Sit in a quiet and peaceful place and be in touch with what you read. Read the quote for the day. You can say it out loud if you prefer to. Did it provoke something in you? Does it remind you of something? Is there anything you want to do? Did you learn something new about yourself? If not, what did this quote means? Do you agree?
Perhaps every quote won’t awake too many emotions every day, but I believe that you will have a new motivation each day. After 30 days, read the notebook and all the stuff you wrote. I am sure that you will learn many new things about yourself.
You can do this exercise with your morning coffee or tea, on the road to work, or somewhere in between. It will not take you more than 5 minutes a day, but I am sure you will feel empowered afterward.
It’s great if you’re not a type that wants to meditate, but I believe that each of these quotes can be seen as a sign from the Universe to you, help you raise your awareness, and motivate you. If one or several quotes provoke in you something big and you can’t deal with it alone, please consult with a therapist.
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“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”
“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.”
“It is truth that liberates, not your effort to be free.”
“Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.”
“Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.”
“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.”
“Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.”
“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”
“If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are, undergoes a transformation.”
“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.”
“Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being.”
“Do it or don’t do it, but get on with it…”
“Follow the wandering, the distraction, find out why the mind has wandered; pursue it, go into it fully. When the distraction is completely understood, then that particular distraction is gone. When another comes, pursue it also. ”
“It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that, there is a joy.”
“Find out for yourself what are the possessions and ideals that you do not desire. By knowing what you do not want, by elimination, you will unburden the mind, and only then will it understand the essential which is ever there.”
“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.”
“If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity.”
“It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.”
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”
“The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another.”
“Analysis does not transform consciousness.”
“To understand life is to understand ourselves, and that is both the beginning and the end of education.”
“The very desire to be certain, to be secure, is the beginning of bondage. It’s only when the mind is not caught in the net of certainty and is not seeking certainty, that it is in a state of discovery.”
“Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity in oneself and in others, is education.”
“From innumerable complexities, we must grow to simplicity; we must become simple in our inward life and in our outward needs.”
“Happy is the man who is nothing.”
“What you are the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.”
“It is a great art to have an abundance of knowledge and experience – to know the richness of life, the beauty of existence, the struggles, the miseries, the laughter, the tears – and yet keep your mind very simple; and you can have a simple mind only when you know how to love.”
“The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain.”