Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Wisdom of Jiddu Krishnamurti

This is another in an occasional blog post that will focus on a book or author that has influenced me -  with a corresponding recommendation to consider having a look at specific books. Today's author is Jiddu Krishnamurti.

From the official site at http://www.jkrishnamurti.org

Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11 May 1895 in Madanapalle, a small town in south India. He and his brother were adopted in their youth by Dr Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. Dr Besant and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be a world teacher whose coming the Theosophists had predicted. To prepare the world for this coming, a world-wide organization called the Order of the Star in the East was formed and the young Krishnamurti was made its head.

In 1929, however, Krishnamurti renounced the role that he was expected to play, dissolved the Order with its huge following, and returned all the money and property that had been donated for this work.

From then, for nearly sixty years until his death on 17 February 1986, he travelled throughout the world talking to large audiences and to individuals about the need for a radical change in mankind.

Krishnamurti is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday lives, of the problems of living in modern society with its violence and corruption, of the individual's search for security and happiness, and the need for mankind to free itself from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt, and sorrow. He explained with great precision the subtle workings of the human mind, and pointed to the need for bringing to our daily life a deeply meditative and spiritual quality

Krishnamurti constantly stressed the need to reject all authority. When we look for truth, the place to look is inside each one of us.

My favourite of his books is "Freedom From the Known." For a start, just contemplate the title of the book.

"Most of us walk through life inattentively, reacting unthinkingly to the environment in which we have been brought up, and such reactions create only further bondage, further conditioning  but the moment you give your total attention to your conditioning you will see that are free from the past completely, that it falls away from you naturally".

The following is a link to the book on Amazon: Freedom From the Known

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