Saturday, March 16, 2019

seeking security

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.

Herein lies the peace of God.

~ from the introduction to a course in miracles

The major cause of violence, I think, is that each one of us is inwardly, psychologically, seeking security. In each one of us the urge for psychological security that inward sense of being safe -projects the demand, the outward demand, for security. Inwardly each one of us wants to be secure, sure, certain. That is why we have all these marriage laws; in order that we may possess a woman, or a man, and so be secure in our relationship. If that relationship is attacked we become violent, which is the psychological demand, the inward demand, to be certain of our relationship to everything. But there is no such thing as certainty, security, in any relationship. Inwardly, psychologically, we should like to be secure, but there is no such thing as permanent security.

So all these are the contributory causes of the violence that is prevalent, rampaging, throughout the world. I think anybody who has observed, even if only a little, what is going on in the world, and especially in this unfortunate country, can also, without a great deal of intellectual study, observe and find out in himself those things which, projected outwardly, are the causes of this extraordinary brutality, callousness, indifference, violence.

~ J. Krishnamurti
from The Book of Life


erin said...


there is a sure thing, is there not, that everything is fluid. there is security in knowing transience. we must firmly take hold of the belief, no - the knowledge! - that we own nothing, can own nothing, not even ourselves or our bodies; we can not own time or things or ideas; we can not own our children or even our dreams. we are barely animate. we must own our own passing! then - THEN! - what peace might we have!

this is absolutely fucking brilliant, this piece by Krishnamurti.


Rosaria Williams said...

I came from Erin's.
This feels eastern, not western, a view of life as fluid and eternal. There is abandonment in this view, a letting go of things and people that is hard to fathom.

Yet, it makes sense in its simplicity, its "natural" sense.

Dean Keller said...

yes, a letting go, or maybe an allowing, or willingness to allow, things to be as they are, without working to make them into whatever else we may have in mind. great freedom here. try it out on a limited, small scale, see what you think. thanks for your thoughts,rosaria.

ds said...

I'm here from erin's as well. So, fear makes us greedy, wanting to own, control, grasp, seize. I can believe that. The trick (as my yoga instructor tells it) is to learn to "undo." But how? Different for each of us, I suspect.
Thank you for this.

jacquin said...

I happened to be listening to Radiohead's I Will, as I read this. It's a quiet, beautiful sounding song: "Yorke described it as 'the angriest song I’ve ever written', with lyrics inspired by news footage of a bomb shelter containing children and families being destroyed in the first Gulf War." (
I live in Christchurch, New Zealand.