A true revolutionary, J. Krishnamurti was one of the most influential teachers of the 20th century. He challenged the conditioning that traps the heart and mind in habitual patterns, patterns that inevitably breed personal and global conflict, organized religions, nationalisms, personal and social ideologies with their images.

"When thought invents God,’ he says, ‘God is not sacred.’ Krishnamurti views human consciousness as one undivided whole. ‘We are the world,’ he observed, and he meant that literally.

I have known, traveled with, interviewed over 100 individuals who were personally influenced by this man’s unique view of humanity and its place in the world, and directed a number of documentaries on his life and insights. What follows is a conversation that was included in a feature documentary titled The Challenge of Change.

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K: We want order outside in the world, politically, religiously, economically, socially, we want order in our relationship with each other. We want some peace. We want some understanding. If the inward psychological state is not orderly, not conflicting, not contradicting, if that state in consciousness is quiet, steady, clear, then you can bring about order in the world. What we are trying to do is try to bring order legislatively, nationally and so on, order out there in the world, which has been proved over and over again that it totally brings about disorder.

That’s why I am saying that without inward order, in consciousness, which is in a mess, which is in a contradiction, without bringing about order inwardly, psychologically, you cannot possibly have order outwardly. And the crisis is there. We think the crisis is national, economic, social and so on. The crisis is not out there! The crisis is really inward and we’re unwilling to face that.

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