Born in poverty in India, Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) became a leading spiritual and philosophical thinker whose ideas continue to influence us today. George Bernard Shaw declared that he was the most beautiful human being he had ever seen and Aldous Huxley was one of his close friends. Whether debating politics with Nehru, discussing theories with Rupert Sheldrake and Iris Murdoch, or challenging his students not to take his words at face value, Krishnamurti engaged fully with every aspect of life. He (...) is regarded by many modern religious figures as a great teacher, an extraordinary individual with revolutionary insights; Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra are all indebted to his writings. Freedom from the Known is one of Krishnamurti's most accessible works. Here, he reveals how we can free ourselves radically and immediately from the tyranny of the expected. By changing ourselves, we can alter the structure of society and our relationships. The vital need for change and the recognition of its very possibility form an essential part of this important book's message. (shrink)
This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti's teachings is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the great philosopher's thought. With among others, Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, and Swami Venkatasananda, Krishnamurti examines such issues as the role of the teacher and tradition the need for awareness of cosmic consciousness the problem of good and evil and traditional Vedanta methods of help for different levels of seekers.
By means of a series of exchanges, Krishnamurti helps his audience to explore matters like the origin and roots of thought, the limits of consciousness, the nature of pleasure and joy, personal relationships, and meditation, all of which revolve around the central issues of the search for self-knowledge. The Impossible Question reveals the unique approach of a profound thinker and teacher; it will prove invaluable to those who wish to gain insight into his philosophy or into themselves.
Preface -- Foreword -- First talk in the Oak Grove -- Second talk in the Oak Grove -- Third talk in the Oak Grove -- Fourth talk in the Oak Grove -- Fifth talk in the Oak Grove -- Sixth talk in the Oak Grove -- Seventh talk in the Oak Grove -- Eighth talk in the Oak Grove.
J. Krishnamurti was one of the most influential and widely known spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Here, he inquires with the reader into how remembering and dwelling on past events, both pleasurable and painful, give us a false sense of continuity, causing us to suffer. His instruction is to be attentive and clear in our perceptions and to meet the challenges of life directly in each new moment.
When KrishnamurtiOs Notebook first became available in 1976, it was soon realized that it was a spiritually unique document giving his perceptions and experiences and describing his states of consciousness. It is a kind of diary but one that is little concerned with the day to day process of living, though very much aware of the natural world.".
On Living and Dying reveals that the fear of death is not rooted in physical pain or in leaving loved ones, but in the fear that some essential part of what we are will not continue. Krishnamurti explains that to comprehend death, which is so inseparably joined with life, we must come to it with a fresh understanding, free of learned attitude and preconceptions. On Living and Dying is a thematic selection from the seminars over Krishnamurti’s entire lifetime, drawing on (...) talks from Bombay to Amsterdam and London to Seattle, progressing from the early thirties until the later seventies. (shrink)
In 1950 Krishnamurti said: "It is only when the mind is not escaping in any form that it is possible to be in direct communion with that thing we call lonliness, the alone, and to have communion with that thing, there must be affection, there must be love." On Love and Lonliness is a compelling investigation of our intimate relationships with ourselves, others, and society. Krishnamurti suggests that "true relationship" can come into being only when there is self-knowledge of the (...) conditions which divide and islolate individuals and groups. Only by renouncing the self can we understand the problem of lonliness, and truly love. (shrink)
This book consists of a series of dialogues on ancient Indian religions and philosophical themes, and are a profound investigation into the nature of consciousness, an exploration of the mind, its movement and its frontiers, and of that which lies beyond. Cover slightly shop-soiled, spine damaged at top end, text clean, condition good.
Regarded as one of the great spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, Krishnamurti delivered his radical insights with a disarming simplicity. Here, in records of talks and dialogues in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Saanen, Switzerland, he speaks on freedom, fragmentation, radical change and more. Chapter titles include: Freedom, Fragmentation, Meditation, Can Man Change?, Why Can’t We Live at Peace?, The Wholeness of Life, Fear, The Transcendental, On Violence, On Radical Change, The Art of Seeing, On Penetrating the Unknown.
Life is what is happening this instant -- What do we want? -- The full significance of death -- Understand what love is -- Three arts in our daily life -- Laying the foundation of meditation -- The art of living -- Be completely free of fear -- All the senses highly awakened -- Love, freedom, goodness, beauty are one -- The benediction of meditation -- Life becomes an extraordinary thing -- The art of dying -- Seeing is the only (...) truth -- Life without a shadow of control -- Is there something sacred? -- That which is timeless. (shrink)
Truth is a pathless land; you cannot approach it by any religion. . . . My only concern is to set men absolutely free. So said Jiddu Krishnamurti, one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1905, as a teenager he was groomed by Theosophists C. W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant to become the next World Teacher. Yet later he broke from his mentors, refusing to play the messiah. For decades he traveled the (...) globe, urging his followers to pursue their own, individual freedom without dependence on any doctrine. Hence this book’s guiding purpose. Author Robert Epstein culls key quotations from Krishnamurti’s Commentaries on Living and other works. Conveniently organized from A to Z, topics range from acceptance and anger to consciousness, fear, fulfillment, God, hope, joy, love, nonviolence, reincarnation, relationship, self-understanding, sex, suffering, vegetarianism, war, and wisdom. “You are the world, and the world is you,” said Krishnamurti. “If there is a radical transformation in the structure of an individual’s psyche, it will affect the whole consciousness of man.” This small jewel of a book contains enormous power to inspire readers to just such a change. (shrink)
Talks 1952 -- Ojai, California 3 August -- August -- August -- Talks 1953 -- Bombay 4 March -- London 9 April -- Ojai, California 4 July -- Talks 1955 -- Amsterdam 26 May -- London 25 June -- Talks 1956 -- Madanapalle, India 26 February -- Brussels 24 June -- June -- Hamburg 6 September -- New Delhi 31 October -- Madras 26 December -- Talks 1957 -- Colombo, Sri Lanka 23 January -- January -- Talks 1958 -- Poona, (...) India 21 September -- Madras 26 October -- November -- Bombay 28 December -- Talks 1959 -- Madras 6 December -- December -- Bombay 23 December. (shrink)
Putting our house in order -- Where can we find peace? -- Thought and knowledge are limited -- War is a symptom -- The narrow circle of the self -- Can the brain be totally free? -- Consciousness is shared by all human beings -- Suffering and death -- In the perception of what is true, there is peace -- A dimension that is not the invention of thought.