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J.Krishnamurti on Keeping the Eyes Still.

First of all sit absolutely still. Sit comfortably, cross your legs, sit absolutely still, close your eyes, and see if you can keep your eyes from moving. You understand? Your eye balls are apt to move, keep them completely quiet, for fun. Then, as you sit very quietly, find out what your thought is doing. Watch it as you watched the lizard. Watch thought, the way it runs, one thought after another. So you begin to learn, to observe.

Are you watching your thoughts - how one thought pursues another thought, thought saying, ''This is a good thought, this is a bad thought''? When you go to bed at night, and when you walk, watch your thought. Just watch thought, do not correct it, and then you will learn the beginning of meditation. Now sit very quietly. Shut your eyes and see that the eyeballs do not move at all. Then watch your thoughts so that you learn. Once you begin to learn there is no end to learning.

Krishnamurti On Education Talk to Students Chapter 1



When you sit down, do you sit really quietly? Is your body really very quiet? Do you know what it means to sit quietly? Do you keep your eyes closed? Are you relaxed? Do you sit really quietly?


Please listen to this. Are your nerves, your body movements and your eyes absolutely quiet? Is your body very quiet without twitching, without any movement and when you close your eyes are they still? To sit quietly means your whole body is relaxed, your nerves are not strained, not irritated, there is no movement in friction, you are physically absolutely quiet.


Look, sit absolutely quiet without a single movement so that your hands, your eyes, everything are completely quiet.EP75BL-107 Beginnings of Learning Page 99


You see meditation means to have a very quiet, still mind, not a chattering mind; to have a really quiet body, quiet mind, so that your mind becomes very religious. All this nonsense that is going on in the name of religion is rubbish, but to have a very, very quiet body, to have a very quiet mind, and to keep your eyes quiet, still so that your whole being is totally harmonious. And in that state other things, greater things take place. That's real meditation – not to say, I must be quiet, keep my body very quiet, force it. - naturally quiet. So shall we do it for a few minutes? Right.FA8DS2


Have you ever sat quietly for a few minutes without a movement of your eyes, without movement of thought? J.Krishnamurti, Talks and Dialogues, Sydney, Australia, 1st Public Talk, 21st of November, 1970.



K. Will you do something? Do you know what meditation is? That is, to sit quietly for two or three minutes. Shall we do it? Would you like to do it?

A. Yes.

K. Then sit quietly. Comfortably, don't sit like that, sit comfortably. And shut your eyes – just listen to what I have to say first – quietly, shut your eyes, when you shut your eyes, don't let your eyes move. You understand? They move because they are looking at something else. So sit quietly, don't move your eyes and find out what you are thinking, what you are thinking about. That's all.

RA81DS1 J. Krishnamurti First Talk with Students at Rajghat November 1981

Now, look at it with eyes that don't immediately jump with images.

J. Krishnamurti Second Public Talk in Bangalore January 1971

In inquiring, can one observe without any movement of the eye? Because the eye has an effect on the brain. When one keeps the eyeballs completely still observation becomes very clear because the brain is quietened. So, can one observe without any movement of thought interfering with one's observation? It is only possible when the observer realizes that he and that which he is observing are one - the observer is the observed. Anger is not different from me - I am anger, I am jealousy. There is no division between the observer and the observed; that is the basic reality one must capture. Wholeness of Life, J. Krishnamurti The Wholeness of Life Part II Chapter 14 4th Public Talk Brockwood Park 4th September 1977 `That emptiness is the summation of all energy'

The “ what is” can only be observed when there is no me. Can one observe the colors and forms around one? How does one observe them? One observes through the eye. Observe without moving the eye; because if one moves the eye the whole operation of the thinking brain comes into being. The moment the brain is in operation there is distortion. Look at something without moving one's eyes; how still the brain becomes. Observe not only with one's eyes but with all one's care, with affection. There is then an observation of the fact, not the idea, but the fact, with care and affection, therefore there is no judgment; therefore one is free of the opposite.EP 78 WL – The wholeness of Life p. 218

To attend: which means to give your whole attention, whole attention is observing, which means keeping your eyes absolutely still and looking. Will you do some of this? Original source of EP 78 WL p. 218 above BR77D2Silence of the mind is the beauty in itself. To listen to the bird, to the voice of a human being, to the politician, to the priest, to all the noise of propaganda that goes on, to listen completely silently. And then you will hear much, you will see much more. Now, that silence is not possible if your body, the organism, is not completely still. Do you understand? If your body, the organ, with all its nervous responses, all the fidgeting, the ceaseless movement of fingers, the eyes, you know, the restlessness of the body – that must be completely still, without a single movement of the body, including the eyes? Do it sometime and you'll see. You may do it for five minutes of two minutes – that's good enough – don't say, how am I to keep it up for ten minutes, for and hour – don't that's greed. Do it for two minutes is enough. In that two minutes the whole of the mind is revealed, if you know how to look.SD70T4 _ Sand Diego State College, Public Talk 4, April 9th 1970

First of all sit completely quiet, comfortably, sit very quietly, relax, I will show you. Now, look at the trees, at the hills, the shape of the hills, look at them, look at the quality of their colour, watch them. Do not listen to me. Watch and see those trees, the yellowing trees, the tamarind, and then look at the bougainvillaea. Look not with your mind but with your eyes. After having looked at all the colours, the shape of the land, of the hills, the rocks, the shadow, then go from the outside to the inside and close your eyes, close your eyes completely. You have finished looking at the things outside, and now with your eyes closed you can look at what is happening inside. Watch what is happening inside you, do not think, but just watch, do not move your eyeballs, just keep them very, very quiet, because there is nothing to see now, you have seen all the things around you, now you are seeing what is happening inside your mind, and to see what is happening inside your mind, you have to be very quiet inside. And when you do this, do you know what happens to you? You become very sensitive, you become very alert to things outside and inside. Then you find out that the outside is the inside, then you find out that the observer is the observed. J. Krishnamurti, On Education Talk to Students Chapter 3



Observe the tent, observe the color round you, the shirts and the dresses around you - how do you observe it? What is observation? You observe through the eye, don't you? Now can you observe without moving the eye? Because if you move the eye the whole operation of the brain comes into being. I won't go into this because you will turn it into some kind of mystical, nonsensical thing, mysterious and you know, occult and all the rest of that...September 1977

... Now look at something without moving your eyes. How still the brain becomes. Have you noticed it? The moment you look all around there is then taking all that in - I won't go into that... Wholeness of Life, The J. Krishnamurti Second Public Dialogue at Brockwood Park September 1977

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