…intelligence is to be completely sensitive, aware, in which there is no choice at all and hence no conflict
5th Public Talk, London - 30th September 1967
Krishnamurti’s definition of intelligence diverges radically from what we think of as the intelligence of scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, artists, and other extraordinary brains. K describes a brain that is silent, sensitive, choicelessly aware and without conflict; intelligence defined not by what it does, but by what it does not do. The intelligence Krishnamurti describes isn’t what an exceptional intellect does, but what a conscious mind with self-knowledge refrains from doing.
The quiet, sensitive, choicelessly aware, conflict-free mind does what comes naturally because it has no agenda, no quest, no problem to solve. There is only what-is and how clearly or distortedly it is perceived. Intelligence abides in the eternal present where past and future may pass in review.
To be intelligent, silent, sensitive, choicelessly aware, and without conflict, I must be something other than what I am. Can oneness, wholeness, cooperation and harmony be the brain’s operative mode, or are we doomed to die conflicted and unresolved?