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Jiddhu Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986)

Immediate perception

To me, there is only perception, which is to see something as false or true immediately. This immediate perception of what is false and what is true is the essential factor - not the intellect, with its reasoning based upon its cunning, its knowledge, its commitments. It must sometimes have happened to you that you have seen the truth of something immediately - such as the truth that you cannot belong to anything. That is perception: seeing the truth of something immediately, without analysis, without reasoning, without all the things that the intellect creates, in order to postpone perception. It is entirely different from intuition, which is a word that we use with glibness and ease. To me, there is only this direct perception - not reasoning, not calculation, not analysis. You must have the capacity to analyze; you must have a good, sharp mind in order to reason; but a mind that is limited to reason and analysis is incapable of perceiving what is truth.

If you commune with yourself, you will know why you belong, why you have committed yourself; and if you push further, you will see the slavery, the cutting down of freedom, the lack of human dignity, which that commitment entails. When you perceive all this, instantaneously, you are free; you don't need to make an effort to be free. That is why perception is essential.