On War and Peace
a remarkable historic document
featured on the Krishnamurti
Foundation of America website
"Question: How can I as an individual meet,
overcome and resolve the growing tension
and war-fever between India and Pakistan?"
(Bombay, India: 1950)
From the Krishnamurti Foundation
Selection From On War and Peace
J. Krishnamurti Bombay 5th Public Talk 12th March 1950
"Question: How can I as an individual meet, overcome and resolve the growing
tension and war-fever between India and Pakistan? This situation creates a mentality
of revenge and mass retaliation. Appeals and arguments are completely inadequate.
Inaction is a crime. How does one meet a problem like this?
Krishnamurti: Sir why do you call inaction a crime? There are only two ways
of dealing with this, according to you, which is either to become a pacifist or to
take a gun. That is the only way you respond, is it not? That is the only way most
people know in which to answer a problem of this kind. [...]
Surely, the whole thing is wrong, pacifism as well as carrying a gun, because
they are mere reactions, and through reaction you will never solve any problem.
You will solve the problem of war only when you yourself are the challenge,
and not merely a reaction.
[..] So, the man who carries a gun does not solve the problem, he only increases
the problem; for each war produces another war, it is an historical fact.
[...] That is why it is important to understand yourself, your conditioning,
your upbringing, the way you are educated; because, the government, the
whole system, is your own projection. The world is you, the world is not
separate from you; the world with its problems is projected out of your
responses, out of your reactions, so the solution does not lie in creating
There can be a solution only when there is action which is not reaction,
and that can come into being only when you understand the whole process
of response to stimuli both from outside and inside, which means that you
understand the structure of your own being from which society is created."
"[...] But all those methods are obviously mere postponement of peace. Only
when you are directly in touch with the problem, when you see that without
peace today you cannot have peace tomorrow, when you have no reason for
peace but actually see the truth that without peace life is not possible, creation
is not possible, that without peace there can be no sense of happiness - only
when you see the truth of that, will you have peace. Then you will have peace
without any organizations for peace. Sir, for that you must be so vulnerable,
you must demand peace with all your heart, you must find the truth of it for
yourself, not through organizations, through propaganda, through clever
arguments for peace and against war. Peace is not the denial of war. Peace
is a state of being in which all conflicts and all problems have ceased; it is not
a theory, not an ideal to be achieved after ten incarnations, ten years or ten days.
As long as the mind has not understood its own activity, it will create more
misery; and the understanding of the mind is the beginning of peace." [...]
Unrelated, but of historical interest . .
NASA's Galileo spacecraft
"LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Since 1989, the camera on NASA's Galileo spacecraft
has captured a comet slamming into Jupiter, volcanoes erupting on one of its
moons and the first known moon orbiting an asteroid.
On Thursday, the camera will snap its last pictures. Galileo will make its final
flyby of one of Jupiter's major moons when it sweeps within 62
miles of Io. [bold added]
The mission budget does not cover any further pictures."
View photo of Io eruption made by the Galileo spacecraft