According to J. Krishnamurti, his philosophy may be summarized as follow:
- The Truth can be found through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of our minds, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection.
- We created for ourselves images as fences of security—religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates our thinking, our relationships, and our daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide us.
- Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution, but lies in the first step of our existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity.
- Thought is born of experience and knowledge, which are inseparable from time and the past. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so we are always slaves to the past. Thought is ever limited and so we live in constant conflict and struggle. When we become aware of the movement of our thoughts, we will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. We will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation, which is insight without any shadow of the past, or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep, radical mutation in the mind.
- Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence