I like K’s understanding of sincerity rather than the views of someone who is just expressing his or her own opinion of what sincerity means to them. I say that very strongly because once upon a time, there was a Charley who was an idealist. But I died to that entire layer of consciousness, and it left the body, which was incredibly interesting, by the way. Thank god! So, just to say that this is a K site, and I understand how dangerous it is to keep and justify one’s conditioning as it is part of the darkness that is spreading and increasing exponentially across the globe.
“Now, those who are a little more serious, more earnest, not sincere - because, sincerity is the way of self-deception, and therefore is out of the question - must find out how one, being aware of this extraordinary total process of self-centred activity, can go beyond.”
K, Collected Works Vol. 06, The Origin of Conflict, Madras, 12th Public Talk and Q&A Meeting, 10th Feb. 1952
"One can be sincere in one’s belief or in one’s concept, but that sincerity breeds conflict; and where there is conflict there is no honesty.”
K, The Whole Movement of Life is Learning
“The desire to be consistent gives a peculiar strength and satisfaction, for in sincerity there is security. But sincerity is not simplicity, and without simplicity there can be no understanding. To be consistent to a well-thought-out pattern of conduct gratifies the urge for achievement, and in its success there is comfort and security. The setting up of an ideal and the constant approximation to it cultivates resistance, and adaptability is within the limits of the pattern. Consistency offers safety and certainty, and that is why we cling to it with desperation.”
K, Commentaries on Living, Series I, Ch. 43, ‘Consistency’
“Question: I have always tried to be sincere to my ideals, but you say they are destructive. What have you to offer in their stead?
“Krishnamurti: There are several things involved in this problem: sincerity, ideals, and if there are no ideals, whether there is something to put in their place. Let us go into the problem slowly and look at it.
“What do we mean by sincerity? To be sincere to something. If I have an ideal, I try to live according to that ideal; and if I live as much as I can according to that ideal which I have set for myself, I am considered a sincere person. Now, the ideal is the creation of my mind in seeking its own security, is it not? Please follow this, don’t resist it. You will go on with your ideals, you will go on with your particular pattern of action, unfortunately, so you don’t have to resist what is being said; but you can at least listen to find out.
“You have an ideal because it gives you comfort. It may be a difficult ideal for you to live up to but the very struggle to live up to that ideal gives you satisfaction, it gives you a sense of conformity, a sense of well-being, a sense of respectability. In essence, the ideal gives you security, and that is why you project these ideals. If I am violent, I do not like that state of violence, so I project the ideal of non-violence and pursue it. “The ideal and the pursuance of that ideal give me security, a sense of well-being. I am being sincere to my own desire, I am being sincere to what I want; and such a man, who is pursuing what he wants, you call noble.
“So, ideals are destructive because they are separative; they are the projection of our own desires; they bring about a conflict between what I am, which is the actuality, and what I should be. The ideal creates a duality between what I am and what I should be, and this struggle between what I am and what I should be is called living according to the ideal.”
K, New York, 2nd Public Talk. 23rd May 1954
“To become aware of ignorance is the beginning of candor, of honesty. To be unaware of ignorance breeds obstinacy and credulity. Without being aware of ignorance, to try to become honest only leads to further confusion. Without self-knowledge mere sincerity is narrowness and gullibility.”
K, Ojai 6th Public Talk, 18th June, 1944
“Sincere - a man who wants to sell you something is very sincere, a man who is rather demented and does not know that he is somewhat unbalanced, he is very sincere. And a man who believes very strongly in certain conclusions, in certain beliefs, in god and so on, he is also very sincere.”
K, Public Talk 3 Ojai, 14 Apr. 1979
“Surely, there is a difference between sincerity and earnestness. One can be faithful to an idea; to a hope, to a doctrine, to a particular system; but, merely copying, pursuing an idea, or conforming oneself to a particular doctrine - all of which may be called ‘sincerity’ - will surely not help us to clear up the confusion in ourselves, and so the confusion about us. … To understand ourselves, there need be no particular system, no particular idea. One is sincere, only in regard to a thing, to a particular attitude, to a particular belief, but such sincerity cannot help us; because, we can be sincere and yet be confused, foolish, and ignorant. Sincerity is a hindrance, when it is mere copying, trying to follow a particular ideal; but, earnestness is quite a different thing. To be earnest is essential - not in the pursuit of anything, but in the understanding of the process of ourselves. In the understanding of the process of ourselves, there need be no belief, no doctrine no particular philosophy. On the contrary, if we have a philosophy a doctrine, it will become an impediment to the understanding of ourselves. … And, in the understanding of our various conditionings, sincerity is not necessary - but, it is essential to be earnest, which is quite different.”
K, Unpublished Q & A Meetings & Public Talks, Paris, 5th Public Talk, 7th May 1950
“Now, to understand that, we have to go into the problem of sincerity. Simplicity is not sincerity. One who is sincere can never be simple; because, the one who is trying to be sincere, has always the desire to fashion or to approximate himself to an idea. And, one needs extraordinary simplicity to understand oneself, the simplicity which comes, when there is no desire to attain, to achieve, to gain something; and, the moment, we desire to gain something through self-knowledge, there is self-consciousness, in which we get caught - which is a fact.”
K, Ojai, 13th Public Talk, 27th August 1949, Q 29