Integral Living

To freely bloom - that is my definition of success.  ~Gerry Spence

What is Integral Living?

Integral Living is Inquiry Into A Way of Living In Which There Is No Contradiction, No Duality, No Opposition

“[So,] Can we look at all this, this human existence with all its problems, with all its confusions and misery, with its travail, with its endless poverty, both physical and the inward poverty? To look at all that as a total movement, not fragmented, not broken up, but as a whole, and therefore a way of living in which there is no contradiction, there is no duality, there is no opposition. A way of living that is entirely intrinsic, integral, whole. Is that possible? We will find it if we can look at ourselves not as a dual movement of life but a holistic way of living, which we will go into.”

J. Krishnamurti, Fourth Public Talk in New Delhi, November 1983

Integral Living Comes By Understanding Conflict & Relationships

Questioner: How can we become integrated without conflict?

Krishnamurti: Why do you object to conflict? You all seem to think conflict is a dreadful thing. At present you and I are in conflict, are we not? I am trying to tell you something and you don’t understand; so there is a sense of friction, conflict. And what is wrong with friction, conflict, disturbance? Must you not be disturbed? Integration does not come when you seek it by avoiding conflict. It is only through conflict, and the understanding of conflict, that there is integration.

Integration is one of the most difficult things to come by, because it means a complete unification of your whole being in all that you do, in all that you say, in all that you think. You cannot have integration without understanding relationship – your relationship with society, your relationship with the poor man, the villager, the beggar, with the millionaire and the governor. To understand relationship you must struggle with it, you must question and not merely accept the values established by tradition, by your parents, by the priest, by the religion and the economic system of the society about you. That is why it is essential for you to be in revolt, otherwise you will never have integration.

J. Krishnamurti, This Matter of Culture, Chapter 9

Integration is a state of Complete Attention

“Complete, full attention is not possible when there is condemnation, justification or identification, or when the mind is clouded by conclusions, speculations, theories. When we understand the hindrances, then only there is freedom. Freedom is an abstraction to a man in prison; but passive watchfulness uncovers the hindrances, and with freedom from these, integration comes into being”

J Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living, Second Series, Chapter 12

Integral Living Is A life of fullness and Choiceless Action

“Is there a way by which we can end conflict and sorrow without destroying creative intelligence and integral completeness? Can there ever be choiceless living, that is, can there ever be action without denial or aggressive want? Can there be action which is spontaneous and thus free of the conflict of opposites? Can there ever be a life of fullness without the withering process of discipline, denial, fear and frustration? Is such a state of deep comprehension ever possible? I wonder how many of you are vitally conscious of this conflict in the battlefield of the mind. A life of fullness, a life of choiceless action, a life free from the withering process of subjugation and substitution, is possible. How is this state to be realized? Systems and methods cannot produce this happy state of mind. This condition of choiceless life must come about naturally, spontaneously; it cannot be sought after. It is not to be understood or realized or conquered through a discipline, through a system. One can condition the mind through training, discipline, and compulsion, but such conditioning cannot nourish thought or awaken deep intelligence. Such a trained mind is as the soil that is barren.”

J Krishnamurti, Collected Works. Vol. III Ommen Camp, Holland, 1st August, 1936

Integral Living is Not a Goal but A State of Being

Is integration static, something to be gained and finished with? Integration cannot be arrived at; arrival is death. It is not a goal, an end, but a state of being; it is a living thing, and how can a living thing be a goal, a purpose? The desire to be integrated is another desire, and all desire is a cause of conflict. When there is no conflict, there is integration.

J Krishnamurti, Commentaries on Living, Second Series, Chapter 12


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