“If you don’t alter, the world cannot alter, change.”

Responding to a question during a Talk on 18th November 1985, J Krishnamurti points out that “We have made the world.” He goes on: “You understand? Not Lenin or Marx – we have made the world. We are society. If you want society to be something different you have to start, you have to bring order to your house. The house is you.

Early in the Talk, he is emphatic: “….the world is you, because you are in misery, you are confused, you are all this, therefore you are creating the world around you. You understand what I am saying? God’s sake sir! If you don’t alter, the world cannot alter, change.”

Mahatma Gandhi writes (“Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi”, Volume 13):

“Religious books tell us that when man becomes pure in heart, the lamb and the tiger will live like friends. So long as in our own selves there is conflict between the tiger and the lamb, is it any wonder that there should be a similar conflict in this world-body? We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

Peace 🙂

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