We are that which we possess

November 17, 2013 Comments Off on We are that which we possess

We are that which we possess. The man who possesses money is the money. The  man who identifies himself with property is the property, or the house or  the furniture. Similarly, with ideas or with people, and when there is  possessiveness, there is no relationship. But most of us possess because we  have nothing else if we do not possess. We are empty shells if we do not  possess, if we do not fill our life with furniture, with music, with  knowledge, with this or that. And that shell makes a lot of noise, and that  noise we call living, and with that we are satisfied. And when there is a  disruption, a breaking away of that, then there is sorrow because then you  suddenly discover yourself as you are—an empty shell, without much meaning.  – Krishnamurti, The Collected Works vol V, p 297

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