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Jiddhu Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986)

Discard all methods

How is the religious mind or the new mind to come into being? Will you have a system, a method? Through a method - a method being a system, a practice, a repetitive thing day after day? Will a method produce a new mind?

Surely, a method implies, a continuity of a practice, directed along a certain line towards a certain result - which is, to acquire a mechanical habit, and through that mechanical habit to realize a mind which is not mechanical....When you say, "discipline", all discipline is based on a method according to a certain pattern; and the pattern promises you a result which is predetermined by a mind, which has already a belief, which has already taken a position. So, will a method, in the widest or the narrowest sense of that word, bring about this new mind? If it does not, then method as habit must go completely, because it is false. ...Method only conditions the mind according to the result which is desired. You have to discard all the mechanical processes of the mind.

The mind must discard all the mechanical processes of thought. So, the idea that a method, a system, a discipline, a continuity of habit will bring about this mind is not true. So, all that is to be discarded totally as being mechanical. A mind that is mechanical is a traditional mind; it cannot meet life which is non mechanical; so, the method is to be put aside.