Chaos Within, Chaos Without
--by Krishnamurti (Jun 14, 1999)
Do not think by merely wishing for peace, you will have peace, when in your daily life of relationship you are aggressive, acquisitive, seeking psychological security here or in the hereafter. You have to understand the central cause of conflict and sorrow and then dissolve it and not merely look to the outside for peace. But you see, most of us are indolent. We are too lazy to take hold of ourselves and understand ourselves, and being lazy, which is really a form of conceit, we think others will solve this problem for us and give us peace, or that we should destroy the apparently few people that are causing wars. When the individual is in conflict within himself he must inevitably create conflict without, and only he can bring about peace within himself and so in the world. - Krishnamurti
Many of us know that our minds can't stay silent for more than a few minutes/hours; we understand that there is some chaos internally but rather than focusing on that, we try to change the world and people around us. Does that make sense? If we were blind, would we ever be able to see a rainbow? If we are in conflict within ourselves, we will find or create conflict all around us. But once we understand those conflicts, we start to see things as they are and come out of our blindness. Meditation is this eye-opening experience.