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Krishnamurti's Teachings

Widely recognized as one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, Jiddu Krishnamurti taught that in order for there to be peace in the world, we must each first make peace with ourselves. No spiritual path, leader, or personal or political philosophy will guide us in this endeavor, he said; this transformation of the human psyche is a truth that each of us must discover within.

Krishnamurti teaches that the war and destruction human beings wreak on each other and the environment are caused by our misplaced attachment to a sense of self and individuality that leads to aggression, competition, greed, and conflict. When we recognize that our consciousness is not individual but common to all humans, we can work together in a spirit of cooperation and compassion. Krishnamurti shows that taking personal responsibility for our actions and reactions-in our relationships and in our lives-is the necessary first step toward a global view.

Krishnamurti did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern 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 mind, and pointed to the need for bringing to our daily lives a deeply meditative and spiritual quality.

Freedom From the Known

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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.

Narrator: Adam Behr

You can buy this audio book on Amazon.

Books

Beyond Myth and Tradition

Beyond Myth and Tradition is a twelve-part series made by the Krishnamurti Foundation of America in 1997. Each programme focuses on a particular aspect of life and presents relevant excerpts from Krishnamurti's talks and discussions filmed at different times around the world. Produced and directed by Evelyn Blau and Michael Mendizza (The Challenge of Change), this series offers a very good introduction to Krishnamurti's teachings, whilst also conveying their scope, depth and relevancy in today's world.

On Conflict

On Conflict

Extraordinary things have been done in the name of religion. There have been wars for which religions are responsible; people have been tortured, burned, destroyed; for belief was more important than truth, dogma more vital than direct perception. God isn't something that man has invented, or created out of his image and longing and failure, but when the mind itself becomes sacred then it opens the door to something that is immeasurably sacred. That is religion. And that affects the daily living -- the way I talk, the way I treat people, the conduct, behaviour, all that.

On Change

On Change

Unless there is a radical revolution in relationship between two human beings, talking about God or about the scriptures or going back to the Vedas, the Bible, and the rest of it, is sheer nonsense. We demand world transformation, the transformation of society about us, but we are blind, unwilling to transform ourselves.

On Freedom and Authority

On Freedom and Authority

Under no circumstances accept what the speaker says at any time. There is no authority; neither you nor the speaker have authority; both of us are investigating, observing, looking, learning. To be free of authority is to die to everything of yesterday so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigour and passion -- it is only in that state that one observes and learns.

On the Sacred

On the Sacred

The many religions throughout the world have said that there is an enduring, everlasting truth, but the mere assertion of truth has very little significance. One has to discover it for oneself. Is there something that thought can never touch, and therefore is incorruptible, timeless, eternal and sacred?

On Choiceless Awareness

On Choiceless Awareness

Awareness is the silent and choiceless observation of 'what is'. In this awareness the problem unrolls itself and therefore is completely understood. When one is deeply conscious or aware, there is no remnant or hidden unconscious movement. There is no division between the inner and the outer.

On Meditation

On Meditation

A meditative mind is silent. Not the silence which thought can conceive. It is not the silence of a still evening. It is the silence when thought, with all its images, its words and perceptions, has entirely ceased. Meditation is wandering through the world of knowledge and being free of it to enter the unknown. Meditation is something that cannot be practised, as you practice a violin, a piano.

The Mirror of Relationship

The Mirror of Relationship

Relationship is the mirror in which we see ourselves as we are. All life is a movement in relationship. Even the hermit is related to the past, to those around him. There is no escape from relationship. Relationship is always in the living present, not the dead past of memory, of remembrances, of pleasure and pain. Relationship is active now: to be related means just that.

Conditioning: prisoners of the past

Conditioning: prisoners of the past

Our human brain is a mechanical process. Thought is a materialistic process, and that thought has been conditioned to think as a Buddhist, as a Hindu, as a Christian. Is it possible to be free from that conditioning? The 'me', the 'self', is a movement in knowledge, a series of memories. Then the question arises: Is it possible to live psychologically without a single memory?

The Violent self

The Violent self

The source of violence is the 'me', the ego, the self, which expresses itself in so many ways -- division, in trying to be or become somebody -- which divides itself as the 'me' and the 'not me', as the unconscious and the conscious, the 'me' that identifies with the family or not with the family, with the community or not with the community... Every form of escape, distraction, movement away, sustains violence. If one realizes this, then the mind is confronted with 'what is' and nothing else.

Death, Leaving the Stream

Death, Leaving the Stream

Death is the central fact of our lives. We may push it away, forget it temporarily, or fear it endlessly. The accumulations of a lifetime, the loves, the despair, the anguish, the possessions we have acquired, are all part of the stream of our lives. We live in that stream of the me, the mine, our whole lives, and, at death, do we cast it all away or sink again into the endless stream of the ego, the me and mine? Is it possible to step out of the stream of our lives, so that when death comes - through illness, accident, old age - one has already moved out of the chaos of life and into a shining clarity? We are like the rest of the world. It is a vast endless river. And when we die we'll be like the rest, moving in the same stream as before, when we were living. But the man who understands himself radically, who has resolved all the problems in himself psychologically, he is not of that stream. He has stepped out of it. Death is now, when there is no time, when there is no 'me' becoming something, when there is no self-interest, egotistic activity -- which is all the process of time. So living and dying are together always. And you don't know the beauty of it.

Love: the flame without smoke

Love: the flame without smoke

Love and truth are not to be found in any book, church, or temple. They come into being with self-knowledge. Self-knowing is an arduous but not difficult process; it becomes difficult only when we are trying to achieve a result. But to just be aware from moment to moment of the ways of one's thoughts, feelings, and actions without condemnation or justification brings freedom, a liberation in which there can be this bliss of truth.

What is the religious mind?

What is the religious mind?

Extraordinary things have been done in the name of religion. There have been wars for which religions are responsible; people have been tortured, burned, destroyed; for belief was more important than truth, dogma more vital than direct perception. God isn't something that man has invented, or created out of his image and longing and failure, but when the mind itself becomes sacred then it opens the door to something that is immeasurably sacred. That is religion. And that affects the daily living -- the way I talk, the way I treat people, the conduct, behaviour, all that.

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