Jiddu Krishnamurti on Fear
We can observe this fact together, that thought and time are the root of fear. Time and thought are the same, they are not two separate movements. See this fact, this actuality, that time and thought, time-thought, are the root of fear. Just observe it in yourself. Don't move away from the reality, from the truth that fear is caused by time and thought. Hold it, remain with it, don't run away from it. It is so. Then it is like holding a precious jewel in your hand. You see all the beauty of that jewel. Then you will see for yourself that fear psychologically completely ends...
There is no joy in your work, in your environment; you are afraid, you are envious of the possessions of others. From that there arises struggle, and from that struggle comes discontent. Then, to overcome that discontent, to find satisfaction, you turn to the opposite.
1934-01-01 4th Public Talk, Adyar, Madras, India
You follow a system or mould yourself after a pattern because there is fear, the fear of right and wrong which has been established according to the tradition of a system. If thought is merely functioning in the groove of a pattern without understanding the significance of environment, there must be conscious or unconscious fear, and such thought must inevitably lead to confusion, to illusion and false action.
1935 5th Public Talk, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Or does the unconscious invite these fears? Does it hold them, do they exist in the traditional depths of the unconscious; or is it a thing that the unconscious gathers from the environment? Now, why does the unconscious hold fears at all?
1973-1979 Exploration into Insight
Then the book [of life] says in the next chapter,
man has lived with fear from time
immemorial - fear, not only fear of nature, fear of the environment, fear
of disease, fear of accidents and so on, but also the much deeper layers
of fear, the deeper, unconscious, untrodden waves of fear. We are going
to read the book together till the chapter ends and says,
"Watch it and you will be able to end it".
1980 2nd Public Talk, Sri Lanka