"If I may I would like to point out we are not entertaining you. We are not indulging in some kind of intellectual game, or trying to point out what kind of belief you should have; or to seek a leader to solve our problems. We are not doing any kind of propaganda to persuade you to think in a particular direction, or to convince you of a particular point of view. But we are thinking together, observing together the problems, the crisis, that we are facing, the war, destruction, corruption, and the superstitions in the name of religion; all that nonsense that goes on in the name of religion, god and so on." - Jiddu Krishnamurti Madras 1st public talk
“Thought has no place whatsoever in the silent mind.” (Mary Lutyens Biography: Volume 2: Years of Fulfilment, page 176)
“Thought is necessary to accumulate knowledge to function skillfully,otherwise thought has no place whatsoever.” (The Transformation Of Man: 'The Wholeness of Life' - Chapter XV111, p. 213)
Why has thought constructed an illusory self? "Is not your every action a self-centered activity." (The Awakening of Intelligence: New York City Talk dialogue, April 24, 1971)
"The observer is the observed."Nonduality, or what is called 'the perennial philosophy,' is the complete ending of this fictional creation of thought; it is integration of the heart, mind and body:
“The ‘me’ is brought about through thought; it has no reality by itself. …”(The Impossible Question: Chapter 4: 'Fragmentation' - July 23, 1970, page 46)
"Self-knowing is the understanding of becoming in oneself." (Pupul Jayakar Biography: Chapter 27, "Action Without Consequence?" - page 204)
Is it all about the ending of thought?
“There is the understanding of what is, an adequate action towards what is, only when the mind is not seeking any escape. The very thinking about what is, is an escape from what is. Thinking about the problem is escape from the problem, for thinking is the problem, and the only problem.
The mind, unwilling to be what it is, fearful of what it is, seeks these various escapes; and the way of escape is thought. As long as there is thinking, there must be escapes, attachments, which only strengthen conditioning. Freedom from conditioning comes with the freedom from thinking.
When the mind is utterly still, only then is there freedom for the real to be." (Commentaries on Living: Series 11: Chapter 2, "Conditioning')
"The brain is the source of thought. The brain is matter and thought is matter. Can the brain - with all its reactions and its immediate responses to every challenge and demand - can the brain be very still? It is not a question of ending thought, but of whether the brain can be completely still. This stillness is not physical death. See what happens when the brain is completely still." (The Urgency of Change: page 187)
“The observer is the self. The observer detaches itself from that which it observes in itself - the loneliness, emptiness etc. This very detachment - division - is an escape from the actual.” (The Impossible Question: page 119)
"So we come to a point where we can say, the observer is also the image, only he has separated himself and observes. This observer who has come into being through various other images thinks himself permanent and between himself and the images he has created there is a division, a time interval. This creates conflict between himself and the images he believes to be the cause of his troubles. So then he says, "I must get rid of this conflict", but the very desire to get rid of the conflict creates another image.
Awareness of all this, which is real meditation, has revealed that there is a central image put together by all the other images, and the central image, the observer, is the censor, the experiencer, the evaluator, the judge who wants to conquer or subjugate the other images or destroy them altogether. The other images are the result of judgments, opinions and conclusions by the observer, and the observer is the result of all the other images - therefore the observer is the observed.” (Commentaries On Living: Series II: Chapter 50, 'Convictions--Dreams')
The actual nature of this realization, and the state or quality of mind in which this self-awareness takes place, appear to be the most difficult issues of all in the talks. Have we ever realized anything? Realization is seeing something new.“Thought must be aware of its own ways, of its own cunning deceptions. All consciousness, surely, whether it is of the past, the present, or the future, is within the field of thought; and any change within that field, which sets the boundaries of the mind, is no real change. A radical change can take place only outside the field of thought, not within it, and the mind can leave the field only when it sees the confines, the boundaries of the field, and realizes that any change within the field is no change at all. This is real meditation. In being aware of itself, without any desire to be or not to be, the mind comes to a state of inaction.
Inaction is not death; it is a passive watchfulness in which thought is wholly inactive. It is the highest state of sensitivity. When the mind is completely inactive at all its levels, only then is there action. All the activities of the mind are mere sensations, reactions to stimulation, to influence, and so not action at all. When the mind is without activity, there is action; this action is without cause, and only then is there bliss.” (Commentaries on Living: Series I, Chapter 85, 'Sensation and Happiness')
Are we psychologically capable of it?
Dr. Masuru Emoto