Jiddu krishnamurti on Transformation
Questioner: What do you mean by transformation?
So there must be a revolution - but not a revolution based on an idea. Such a revolution is merely the continuation of the idea, not a radical transformation. And a revolution based on an idea brings bloodshed, disruption, chaos. Out of chaos you cannot create order; you cannot deliberately bring about chaos and hope to create order out of that chaos. You are not the God-chosen who are to create order out of confusion.
That is such a false way of thinking on the part of
those people who wish to create more and more confusion in order to
bring about order. Because the moment they have power, they assume they
know all the ways of producing order. But seeing the whole of this
catastrophe - the constant repetition of wars, the ceaseless conflict
between classes, between peoples, the awful economic and social
inequality, the inequality of capacity and gifts, the gulf between those
who are extraordinarily happy, unruffled, and those who are caught in
hate, conflict, and misery - seeing all this, there must be a
revolution, there must be complete transformation, must there not?
So, to discover the new, the eternal, in the present,
from moment to moment, one needs an extraordinarily alert mind, a mind
that is not becoming. A mind that is becoming can never know the full
bliss of contentment - not the contentment of smug satisfaction, not the
contentment of an achieved result, but the contentment that comes when
the mind sees the truth in what is and the false in what is. The
perception of that truth is from moment to moment, and that perception
is delayed through verbalization of the moment.
Truth is being from moment to moment, and happiness that continues is not happiness. Happiness is that state of being which is timeless. That timeless state can come only when there is a tremendous discontent - not the discontent that has found a channel through which it escapes, but the discontent that has no outlet, that has no escape, that is no longer seeking fulfillment.
Only then, in that state of supreme discontent, can
reality come into being. That reality is not to be bought, to be sold,
to be repeated; it cannot be caught in books. It has to be found from
moment to moment, in the smile, in the tear, under the dead leaf, in the
vagrant thoughts, in the fullness of love - for love is not different
from truth. Love is that state in which thought process as time has
completely ceased. And where love is, there is transformation. Without
love, revolution has no meaning, for then revolution is merely
destruction, decay, a greater and greater, ever-mounting misery. Where
there is love, there is revolution, because love is transformation from
moment to moment.