The struggle to repeat pleasure
From the old you derive pleasure, never from the new. There is no time in the new. So, if you can look at all things without allowing pleasure to creep in—at a face, a bird, the colour of a sari, the beauty of a sheet of water shimmering in the sun, or anything that gives delight—if you can look at it without wanting the experience to be repeated, then there will be no pain, no fear and, therefore, tremendous joy. It is the struggle to repeat and perpetuate pleasure which turns it into pain. Watch it in yourself. The very demand for the repetition of pleasure brings about pain, because it is not the same as it was yesterday.
– Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known, p 37
Thought revives the dead past
By thinking about the pleasure which I had yesterday, the pleasure which is dead, which is a memory, I am giving to that dead memory a new life. Please watch this in yourself. Thought is reviving the dead past, the dead pleasure, the dead memory, and from that very dead memory, thought has come into being. This is what is going on all our life. So thought not only breeds this contradiction in our lives—as pleasure and fear—but also thought has accumulated the memory of the innumerable pleasures we have had and from those memories thought is reborn.
– Krishnamurti, Talks and Dialogues Saanen 1967, p 220
Thought and pleasure
Thought has a great deal to do with pleasure. I can look at that sunset and the next moment it is gone—thought comes in and begins to think about it, says how beautiful it was when, for a moment, “I” was absent, with all my problems, tortures, miseries; there was only that marvellous thing. And that remains as thought, is sustained by thought. The same thing with regard to sexual pleasure—thought chews it over, thinks about it endlessly, builds up images which sustain the sensation and the demand for fulfilment tomorrow. It is the same with regard to ambition, fame, success, and being important.
– Krishnamurti, Talks and Dialogues Saanen 1967, p 50