Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian philosopher and visionary who spent his life writing, speaking and transmitting his ideas for a revolution in the human psyche. Not affiliated to any religion or institution, Krishnamurti’s fiercely independent insights continue to inspire spiritual seekers from every walk of life. In this excerpt, like in so many of his writings, he urges us to go beyond superficial experience into something more truthful and lasting. Silence, he says, is more than the absence of noise – it’s a deep psychological state.
One has to go into the whole nature of silence. There is silence between two noises. There is silence between two thoughts. There is silence between two notes in music. There is silence after noise. There is silence when thought says, “I must be silent,” and creates artificial silence, thinking it is real silence. There is silence when you sit quietly and force your mind to be silent. All those are artificial silences; they are not real, deep, uncultivated, unpremeditated silence. Silence can only come psychologically when there is no registration whatsoever. Then the mind, the brain itself, is utterly without movement. In that great depth of silence that is not induced, not cultivated, not practiced, there may come that extraordinary sense of something immeasurable, nameless.
Jidda Krishnamurti (1895-1986)