The untethered mind.
The transformation of the world is brought about by the transformation of oneself,
because the self is the product and a part of the total process of human existence. To
transform oneself, self-knowledge is essential; without knowing what you are, there is no
basis for right thought, and without knowing yourself there cannot be transformation.
One must know oneself as one is, not as one wishes to be, which is merely an ideal and
therefore fictitious, unreal; it is only that which is that can be transformed, not that which
you wish to be. To know oneself as one is, requires an extraordinary alertness of mind,
because what is, is constantly undergoing transformation, change; and to follow it swiftly
the mind must not be tethered to any particular dogma or belief, to any particular pattern
of action. If you would follow anything, it is no good being tethered. To know yourself,
there must be the awareness, the alertness of mind in which there is freedom from all
beliefs, from all idealization, because beliefs and ideals only give you a colour, perverting
true perception. If you want to know what you are, you cannot imagine or have belief in
something which you are not. If I am greedy, envious, violent, merely having an ideal of
nonviolence, of non-greed, is of little value....The understanding of what you are,
whatever it be—ugly or beautiful, wicked or mischievous—the understanding of what
you are, without distortion, is the beginning of virtue. Virtue is essential, for it givesfreedom.
Jiddu Krishnamurti-The Book of Life.