Krishnamurti On Being a Light to Oneself

The Buddha – Be A Lamp Unto Yourself

“Be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height.”

J. Krishnamurti, “A New Consciousness” from This Light in Oneself—True Meditation

“One has to be a light to oneself; this light is the law. There is no other law. All the other laws are made by thought and so are fragmentary and contradictory. To be a light to oneself is not to follow the light of another, however reasonable, logical, historical, and however convincing.

You cannot be a light to yourself if you are in the dark shadows of authority, of dogma, of conclusion. Morality is not put together by thought; it is not the outcome of environmental pressure, it is not of yesterday, of tradition.

Freedom is to be a light to oneself; then it not an abstraction, a thing conjured up by thought. Actual freedom is freedom from dependency, attachment, from the craving for experience. Freedom from the very structure of thought is to be a light to oneself. In this light, all action takes place and thus it is never contradictory. Contradiction exists only when the light is separate from the action.

The “ideal,” the “principle,” is the barren movement of thought, and it cannot coexist with this light; one denies the other. Where the observer is, this light, this love, is not. The structure of the observer is put together by thought, which is never new, never free. There is no “how,” no system, no practice. There is only the seeing that is the doing. You have to see, not through the eyes of another. This light, this law, is neither yours nor that of another. There is only light. This is love.“

See also:

Krishnamurti-An Uncompromising Teacher

Krishnamurti-Freedom from the Known

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5 Responses to “Krishnamurti On Being a Light to Oneself”

  1. Check out Krishnamurti’s video series on youtube with Dr. Allen Anderson. Changed my life.

  2. Hi, Steve,

    I think I’m liking this Krishnamurti! I remember that my half-brother read a lot of his work back when I was a kid in the early ’70’s, but I never knew what it was about. But this fits in with much of what I’ve been thinking about lately: the futile, dog-chasing-tail nature of dogma, “theological” debate, theories and absolutist prescriptions for living. Others can sometimes gently offer directions, and some of it will be useful. But it seems that we can really know nothing until we have learned it from ourselves, and through direct experience of everything around us without trying to see through waters muddied by preconceptions. Of course, learning how to do that is the challenge!



    • Hey dear Nancy. Nice to hear from you. Yes, I think Krishnamurti was especially popular in the 70s.

      K.still speaks to me, too, even after all these years. There’s something cleansing and astringent about his teaching. It just bare-bones “what is this” minus so much, pardon the expression, crap that tradition and the human mind seem to inevitably add.

      Still, I as I said in an earlier post about him, he has limitations because in his radical throwing out of everything except “bare attention” he, to me, throws out the baby with the bathwater. There are skillful ways and means; but, we just can’t get caught up in them, caught up in technique or methodology, or even in a guru, and lose sight of that inner light K. and the Buddha talk about.

      Some people can stay with K.’s “straight and narrow path,” but most human beings seem to need more help and aids. Nonetheless, there are times when Krishnamurti is the best medicine in the world, and the best friend in the world.

      Thanks again for stopping by…I’m way behind on all my friends blogs, because I’ve been so buy on my Extreme Science blog the past three days. It’s hard to find a balance, because I love all three of my blogs!

      With affection,

  3. Thank you for posting this. Much appreciated!

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