J. Krishnamurti and The Soul
From: Krishnamurti to Himself – His Last Journal
Chapter: Monday, April 18, 1983 – Pgs 66 – 67
Published By: HarperSanFrancisco
Quote From J. Krishnamurti:
“…is there an area in the human brain, or in the very nature and structure of a human being, not merely in the outer world of his activities but inwardly, deep in the vast quiet recesses of his own brain, something that is not the outcome of memory, not the movement of a continuity?”… “There is most certainly, definitely, an area where the past doesn’t cast a shadow, where time, the past or the future or the present has no meaning.”… “You can’t ascend through knowledge; there must be an end to knowledge for the new to be. New is a word for something which has never been before. And that area cannot be understood or grasped by words or symbols; it is beyond all remembrances.”
Most of the avid readers and students of Jiddu Krishnamurti are quite familiar with his profound teachings that are woven throughout his many books, talks and recordings. It has also been my experience, when speaking to some of his most ardent fans, that over time they don’t continue to read his works regularly as they don’t find much more in the way of new teachings. The quote above, though might be something a little different. It is one that offers a glimpse into his thoughts about that aspect of human nature which is beyond everything. Although it may be a stretch to indicate that he is commenting on the Hindu concept of the “Atman” or soul, it does reverberate with the same description that is often used to describe the Atman. Part of which describes the Atman as that aspect of Human Nature that is beyond time, space and self (ego), is untouched by anything worldly and cannot be grasped by thoughts.
Additionally, his more traditional comment regarding the need for the end of knowledge is of course, etymologically speaking, the definition of Vedanta (Veda – knowledge; Anta – End). Before I continue, I just want to clarify that my objective here is not to try to equate, compare or debate Krishnamurti’s teaching with Hinduism; I am just trying to reveal, in a different light, what will hopefully be some aspects of his teachings that I find to be more uncommon. So the above insights essentially point to a part of our being which cannot be realized through knowledge. This aspect becomes visible to us when the activity of memory (thought) ceases to grab our attention and pull us outwards. It is there when there is nothing.