When it comes to expressing truly profound ideas, I've frequently found the sage J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) to be particularly perplexing because of the simplicity of his speech. I listen to him ~ or read his words ~ over and over again and still am not sure I'm fully comprehending the depth of his thought.
He once told an audience:
“I am not concerned whether you pay attention to what I say or not. I want to do a certain thing in the world and I am going to do it with unwavering concentration. I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.”This video from a 1960s talk show is a good example of Krishnamurti's style. In less than two minutes, he discusses our failure to understand death as responsible for the misery that damages the quality of our lives, has made them "a battle."
And he says it all with such a disarming smile.