This great info-graphic from Zen Pencils brings to life the words of Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) who was a philosopher, writer and lecturer. In today’s society where we are born and bread to compare with others and ‘fit in’ these simple words can help bring an end to it.
STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS:
Perhaps this excerpt from Krishnamurti may help you to explore whether it is the very nature of the mind to be conditioned:
“So, our problem is: How is the mind to be set free? And, is it possible to set the mind free -not in layers or patches, not in little bits here and there, but totally, right through, the unconscious as well as the conscious? Or, is the mind ever to be conditioned, ever to be shaped? You have to find out for yourself and not wait for me to tell you whether the mind can ever be free. Can the mind only think about freedom, as a prisoner does, and so is doomed never to be free but always to be held within the bondage of its conditioning?
Do you understand the problem? Can the mind ever be totally free, or is it the very nature of the mind to be conditioned? If it is the fundamental quality of the mind to be limited, then there is no question of ever finding out what is reality; then you can go on repeating that there is God or there is no God, that this is good and something else is bad, all of which is within the pattern of a given culture. But, to find out the truth of the matter, you have to inquire for yourself into whether the mind can really be free. I say it can be, which is not for you to accept or reject. It may be true, or it may be my opinion, my fancy, my illusion. And you cannot base your life on somebody else’s discovery, or on his illusion, his fancy, or on a mere idea. You have to find out.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti