Inward Revolution

September 26th ~ What is true can only be found from moment to moment, it is not a continuity, but the mind which wants to discover it, being itself the product of time, can only function in the field of time; therefore it is incapable of finding what is true.

To know the mind, the mind must know itself, for there is no “I” apart from the mind.  There are no qualities separate from the mind, just as the qualities of the diamond are not separate from the diamond itself.  To understand the mind you cannot interpret it according to somebody else’s idea, but you must observe how your own total mind works.  When you know the whole process of it–how it reasons, its desires, motives, ambitions, pursuits, its envy, greed, and fear–then the mind can go beyond itself, and when it does there is the discovery of something totally new.  That quality of newness gives an extraordinary passion, a tremendous enthusiasm that brings about a deep inward revolution: and it is this inward revolution which alone can transform the world, not any political or economic system.  

Knowing the mind is an interesting endeavor, at least it has been for me.  Krishnamurti has said understanding the mind as opposed to knowing it.  Seeing the mind in action.  When I first became interested in psychology, the mind seemed like a far-away place, and dangerous to get to know to closely.  One could go crazy, I thought.  It seems like a lot of people felt that way.  A supervisor once told me there is a fine line between sanity and insanity.   However, the mind responds well to being observed.


As in most posts on, italicization of words refers to the words of either Jiddu Krishnamurti or Albert Low.  The website writer’s words are in regular text.

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