Education and the Significance of Life – Jiddu Krishnamurthi

You need to understand 2 things : What your Education is REALLY meant to do for you and secondly, what is the significance of life? Put these two together and ensure that each does not contradict the other.

Chapter 1 : Points 

Everywhere around the world the education system is the same – a mould creating clones.

Independent thinking is snuffed out – that is what conventional education does.

Once you conform you become mediocre.

With age, people’s minds become dull because of this : Fear. The urge to pursue Reward, Security, Comfort to smother discontent.

Fear ends spontaneity & blocks the understanding of life.

In seeking comfort we avoid conflict and this fear of the new kills our spirit for adventure.

Our entire upbringing and miseducation has made us afraid to be different and falsely respectful of authority and tradition.

When we yield to our environment our spirit dies down and our responsibilities become a lid on our lives.

There is violent revolt and Intelligent Revolt. Intelligent Revolt comes with self-knowledge and awareness of our own thoughts and feelings. How do we keep Intelligence highly awakened? By facing experiences as they come (Yes, Man!), accepting everything including contrasts.

Intelligence highly awakened is Intuition – the only true guide in life.

What is the significance of life? Our lives will be shallow and empty if the purpose is merely to get a job, be more efficient  & to have domination over others and if we are provided with the knowledge to become experts then we become a menace to society – contributing to the destruction and misery of the world.

Can we conceptualize a Higher and Wider significance of life? As long as education does not cultivate an integrated outlook on life it has very little significance.

Instead of awakening the Integrated Intelligence of the individual, our education, rather, our miseducation, is encouraging conformity and hinders a person from comprehending him/herself as a total process. We’re trying to solve the many problems of existence at different levels – and this shows our utter lack of comprehension of a total process.

The individual is made up of different entities – and education should integrate them. To separate and develop them is to create complexities and contradictions. Without integration life becomes a series of conflicts and sorrows.

We must distinguish between the personal and the accidental.

All of us have been trained by education and environment to seek personal gain and security, and to fight for ourselves. Though we cover it over with pleasant phrases, we have been educated for various professions within a system which is based on exploitation and acquisitive fear.

A mind that has merely been trained is the continuation of the past, and such a mind can never discover the new. That is why, to find out what is right education, we will have to inquire into the whole significance of living.

Love is more efficient than ambition in the aim of education.  Love breeds integration; efficiency alone breeds ruthlessness.

A person who is always thinking is without thought; Thoughtless. Because his thinking is confined to a pattern. To understand life is to understand ourselves.  And that is the Beginning and the End of Education.

Education is to help you see the significance of life as a whole – and you cannot approach the Whole through parts. When human beings are integrated they are Intelligent.  Intelligence is the ability to See. Education is to awaken this ability in oneself and in others.

The purpose of education is to create integrated men and women who are free of Fear; for only when human beings are free from Fear can there be enduring peace.

It is in the understanding of ourselves that all Fear comes to an end.

Education should not encourage individuals to conform or to be negatively harmonious with it.

When there is no self knowledge, self-expression becomes self-assertion, with all its aggressive and ambitious conflicts.

What is the good of learning if in the process of living we are destroying ourselves?  I think most of us are aware of this, but we do not know how to deal with it.

The individual is of first importance, not the system; and as long as the individual does not understand the total process of himself, no system, whether of the left or of the right, can bring order and peace to the world.

Question : 

1. What is meant by Integration of the self?

2. How much of yourself in relation to your Inner World and your Outer World, have you come to understand through these classes?


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