On Love – Krishnamurti

Posting this here so that I remember it for later:

And you cannot have love if there is no beauty. Beauty is not something
you see – not a beautiful tree, a beautiful picture, a beautiful
building or a beautiful woman. There is beauty only when your heart and
mind know what love is. Without love and that sense of beauty there is
no virtue, and you know very well that, do what you will, improve
society, feed the poor, you will only be creating more mischief, for
without love there is only ugliness and poverty in your own heart and
mind. But when there is love and beauty, whatever you do is right,
whatever you do is in order. If you know how to love, then you can do
what you like because it will solve all other problems.

So we reach the point: can the mind come upon love without discipline,
without thought, without enforcement, without any book, any teacher or
leader – come upon it as one comes upon a lovely sunset?

It seems to me that one thing is absolutely necessary and that is
passion without motive – passion that is not the result of some
commitment or attachment, passion that is not lust. A man who does not
know what passion is will never know love because love can come into
being only when there is total self-abandonment.

A mind that is seeking is not a passionate mind and to come upon love
without seeking it is the only way to find it – to come upon it
unknowingly and not as the result of any effort or experience. Such a
love, you will find, is not of time; such a love is both personal and
impersonal, is both the one and the many. Like a flower that has
perfume you can smell it or pass it by. That flower is for everybody
and for the one who takes trouble to breathe it deeply and look at it
with delight. Whether one is very near in the garden, or very far away,
it is the same to the flower because it is full of that perfume and
therefore it is sharing with everybody.

Love is something that is new, fresh, alive. It has no yesterday and no
tomorrow. It is beyond the turmoil of thought. It is only the innocent
mind which knows what love is, and the innocent mind can live in the
world which is not innocent. To find this extraordinary thing which man
has sought endlessly through sacrifice, through worship, through
relationship, through sex, through every form of pleasure and pain, is
only possible when thought comes to understand itself and comes
naturally to an end. Then love has no opposite, then love has no
conflict.

-J. Krishnamurti

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