Years ago, probably close to 20-year now, I read a Krishnamurti book whose title I have now forgotten. But, in the book, there was a quote that resonated with me on such a deep level that I have never forgotten it. Since it is highly likely that I am not remembering it accurately I have been searching, unsuccessfully for the quote. It goes something like this:
Do not seek enlightenment unless you do so as one whose hair is on fire seeks water.
Because I have not been able to find the quote, I wonder if I have somehow created this memory. Seems unlikely, so I’m hoping that someone out there recognizes this quote and can lead me to the source.
Why do I want to find this quote? This quote had a powerful impact on me back then. At the time I read it, I thought I was seeking enlightenment, but Krishnamurti’s words made it very clear to me that I was not ready for the type of seeking that is necessary to be on that path.
At the time, I believed that to seek enlightenment as one whose hair is on fire seeks water meant that the seeking had to be painful, work, struggle. I no longer believe that to be true and I want to go back to the source and read his words with my new understanding of what seeking enlightenment means.
Here’s how I would translate that quote based on my current awareness:
Do not seek enlightenment, for you cannot find something that you already possess. Seek rather to fully claim that which is yours. Seek to live with the single-minded focus of one whose hair is on fire seeks water. And seek your water, seek the fullness of life, as if you have already found it.
That is how I would interpret his words now. But I want to read the quote in context to see if I missed something at the time, something that, if I had seen it, might have shifted my perception of this particular quote.
If you know this quote and the book within which it can be found, please leave a comment here.