I recently picked up the Penguin Krishnamurti Reader from our library. The following is a brief extract from one of the chapters in the book. Enjoy, John

“. . . an intelligent mind is one which is constantly learning, never concluding . . . an intellient mind is a mind which is not satisfied with explanations, with conclusions; nor is it a mind that believes, because belief is again another form of conclusion. An intelligent mind is an inquiring mind, a mind that is watching, learning, studying. Which means what? That there is intelligence only when there is no fear, when you are willing to rebel, to go against the whole social structure in order to find out what God is, or to discover the truth of anything.

Krishnamurti in His Younger Days

Intelligence is not knowledge.

Your mind is the result of all of humanity, and when you understand it, you don’t have to study a single book, because the mind contains the whole knowledge of the past. So intelligence comes into being with the understanding of yourself; and you can understand yourself only in relation to the world of people, things and ideas. Intelligence is not something that you can acquire, like learning; it arises with great revolt, when there is no fear – which means, really, when there is a sense of love. For when there is no fear, there is love.

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