| Meditation | Mystic Musings | Enlightenment | Counseling | Psychic World
Mother Earth | Therapies  | EBooks | Life of Masters | Links |   Quotes | Store | Stories | Zen
Osho | Gurdjieff | Krishnamurti | Rajneesh | Ramana | Ramakrishna | Shankara | Jesus | Buddha | Yoga



J Krishnamurti Discourses on

  1. Fear
  2. Love
  3. Hate
  4. Laziness
  5. Security
  6. Violence
  7. Suffering
  8. Creativity
  9. Education
  10. Loneliness
  11. Discontent
  12. Relationship
  13. Work of Man
  14. Responsibility
  15. Self Deception
  16. Transformation
  17. Medicore people
  18. Purpose of Living
  19. Issue of Marriage
  20. On Helping Others
  21. J Krishnamurti Jokes
  22. J Krishnamurti Quotes
  23. Self Centered Activity
  24. J Krishnamurti on Hope
  25. Core of Jiddu Teachings
  26. Meditation Experiences
  27. Can a Woman live Alone
  28. Krishnamurti talk on God
  29. Krishnamurti on Meditation
  30. Krishnamurti on Loneliness

More Jiddu Krishnamurti Talks

  1. J Krishnamurti Books
  2. J Krishnamurti Teachings
  3. J Krishnamurti Meditations
  4. Krishnamurti on Realization
  5. Krishnamurti Discourses Blog

Jiddu Krishnamurti on communal problem

Questioner: What can the average decent man do to put an end to our communal problem?

Jiddu Krishnamurti: Obviously, the sense of separatism is spreading throughout the world. Each successive war is creating more separatism, more nationalism, more sovereign governments, and so on. Especially in India this problem of communal dissension is on the increase. Why? First of all, obviously, because people are seeking jobs. The more separate governments there are, the more jobs there will be, but that is a very shortsighted policy, is it not?

Because, eventually the world's tendency will be more and more towards federation, towards a coming together, and not a constant breaking up. Surely, any decent person who really thinks about this situation - which is not merely Indian, but a world affair - must first be free from nationalism, not only in matters of state, but in thought, in action, in feeling.

After all, communalism is merely a branch of nationalism. Belonging to a particular country, to a particular race or group of people, or to a particular ideology tends more and more to divide people, to create antagonism and hatred between man and man. Obviously, that is not the solution to the world's chaos.

So, what each one of us can do is to be noncommunal; we can cease to be Brahmins, cease to belong to any caste or to any country. But that is very difficult because by tradition, by occupation, by tendency, we are conditioned to a particular pattern of action, and to break away from it is extremely hard. We may want to break away, but family tradition, religious orthodoxy, and so on, all prevent us. It is only men of goodwill who really seek goodwill, who desire to be friendly, and only such men will free themselves from all these limitations which create chaos.

So, it seems to me that to put an end to this communal contention, one must begin with oneself and not wait for somebody else, for legislation, for government, to act. Because, after all, compulsion or legislation does not solve the problem. The spirit of communalism, separatism, of belonging to a particular class or ideology, to a religion, does ultimately create conflict and antagonism between human beings.

Friendliness is not brought about by compulsion, and to look to compulsion, surely, is not the answer. So the way out of this is for each one, for every individual, for you and me to break away from the communal spirit, from nationalism. Is that not the only way out of this difficulty? Because, as long as the mind and the heart are not willing to be open and friendly, mere compulsion or legislation is not going to solve this problem. So, it is obviously the responsibility of each one of us, living as we do in a particular community, in a particular nation or group of people, to break away from the narrow spirit of separatism.

The difficulty is that most of us have grievances. Most of us agree with the ideal that we should break away and create a new world, a new set of ideas, and so on, but when we go back home the compulsion of environmental influences is so strong that we fall back - and that is the greatest difficulty, is it not? Intellectually we agree about the absurdity of communal contention, but very few of us care to sit down and think out the whole issue and discover the contributory causes. B

elonging to any particular group, whether of social action or of political action, does create antagonism, separatism; and real revolution is not brought about by following any particular ideology because revolution based on ideology creates antagonisms at different levels and, therefore, is a continuation of the same thing. So this communal dissension, obviously, can come to an end only when we see the whole absurdity of separate action, of a particular ideology, morality, or organized religion - whether Christianity, Hinduism, or any other organized and limited religion.

Source: Jiddu Krishnamurti first talk in Bangalore, 1948

Related Jiddu Krishnamurti Talks:
  Jiddu Krishnamurti on Violence
  Can we live without any conflict in our Lives
  Jiddu Krishnamurti on Killing Psychos and Tyrants
  Jiddu Krishnamurti - Is it possible to be free from Violence
  If I watch violence passionately, will that free me from Violence