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Conversations with J. Krishnamurti

Conversations with J. Krishnamurti
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Item Code: NAD441
Author: J. Krishnamurti
Publisher: Krishnamuriti Foundation India
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9788187326731
Pages: 86
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 6.5 inch X 4.0 inch
weight of the book: 74 gms
Preface

In this small collection we see the full expression of Krishnamurti’s unique manner of exploring the essential concerns of life. Over his many years of teaching, the inquiry took many forms: public talks to large gatherings; private conversations with troubled individuals; dialogues with scientists, teachers and students, and even with large audiences; and books, especially his notebooks. These thirteen conversations share aspects of each of these. At the same time, they seem to have a sense of intimacy, as though Krishnamurti is speaking privately to the readers about themselves.

The first five conversations usually open with descriptions of nature before going into discussions of meditation, the nature of goodness and innocence, preoccupation with sex, freedom from conflict, and the true meaning of relationship. The following eight conversations, although dictated by Krishnamurti, are given the form of questions put to him to which he responds. The responses give insights into the importance of daily life, and into problems of habits, attachment, loneliness, and dependence. They go into the sense of the futility of life and the destructiveness of living with conflict and how being aware of thought as it arises meets these feelings. In discussing the sacred, Krishnamurti asks if silence is just a doorway or the thing itself.

The pieces are taken from a manuscript that Krishnamurti had dictated in 1969 at Malibu, California. The material was originally intended for a book, but the book was never published in the original format, although many items, not from the present collection, appear in The Urgency of Change. The selections here were privately printed for students at Brock wood Park School in England in two booklets with the titles Five Conversations and Eight Conversations. As we read these, each one becomes a meditation.

Contents

1 Total negation is a most positive action 1
2Thought is the poison, not love, not chastity, not sex 10
3Freedom and action are not separate 16
4What is important is to see the whole 20
5Thought is not the way to the new 29
6It is only in complete emptiness that a new thing can be 38
7Negation is the state of enlightenment 43
8What lies beyond can be found only if the mind is still 49
9Any form of resistance feeds habit 57
10To depend psychologically on anything is to invite sorrow 62
11The observer himself is the action which divides life 67
12Conflict in any form distorts the mind 74
13You are responsible for your own destruction and misery 80

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