It has been the immense cry of humanity to find something which will bring freedom from the misery of psychological conflict. We have struggled to find freedom through belief, the following of a saviour, the projection of heaven, meditation practices, the rule of law, and every kind of rationality and irrationality. But we have never ended the sense of being separate individuals psychologically, however closely attached to another.This inevitably brings about a sense of loneliness.
Krishnamurti’s lifework has been to examine rigorously the nature and process of psychological separation. This is not done through the assumption of a model and explanation in terms of that, but through the observation of one’s own action in daily life. In this observation we can see the way thought identifies with sensations thereby creating a sense of psychological identity and continuity in time. This is the source of psychological separation.
You can take a pause and see this phenomenon happening in yourself in the here and now.
Thus, as Krishnamurti points out that psychological separation is a construct of thought and can be ended. The ending of it is not through prayer or practice but through the choiceless awareness of the way one lives and functions in daily life. It is in this awareness that there is freedom from the assumptions and habitual patterns of thought which form the basis of our action and indeed our being.
Thus one’s daily life is where the work is.
For those who are interested, and who feel the total responsibility to live a life of order and freedom, which is indeed one’s responsibility to the whole of mankind, Krishnamurti’s teachings offer an invaluable and varied source of insight into our daily life.