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Awakening of Intelligence Paperback – August 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (August 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380004623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380004621
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti's teaching is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the great philosopher's thought. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Total Freedom is both an introduction to Krishnamurti and an essential, extensive collection. It includes selections from his early work to his later Krishnamurti to Himself: His Last Journal, and his valuable insight into the nature of the self, meditation, sex, love, and the mysteries of life and death. Revealing his core teachings in all their eloquence and power, these writings incite us to recognize the "Truth is a pathless land," to accept no spiritual authority--not even himself--and to think critically, that we may free our minds and see clearly on our own personal journey. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was a renowned spiritual teacher whose lectures and writings have inspired thousands. His works include On Mind and Thought, On Nature and the Environment, On Relationship, On Living and Dying, On Love and Loneliness, On Fear, and On Freedom.

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I found this book on someone's recommendation list.
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I believe that by reading this book you will be able to open your mind to all challenges and seek inner peace.
James M Lowry Jr
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By S. Srinivasan on November 26, 2004
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"Some of you believe in the idea of reincarnation. You come and ask me what I believe, whether reincarnation is a fact or not, whether I remember my past lives, and so on. Now, why do you ask me? Why do you want to know what I think about it? You want a further confirmation of your own belief, which you call a fact, a law, because it gives you a hope, a purpose in life. Thus, belief becomes to you a fact, a law, and you go about seeking confirmation of your hope. Even though I may confirm it, it cannot be of vital importance to you. Whatever it may be to me, real or false, what is important for you is that you should discern for yourself these conceptions through action, through living, and not accept any assertions." - krishnamurti

I cannot recommend this book high enough. This book is one of the most comprehensive and accessible of Krishnamurti's work. It is a collection of talks given at various parts of the world. In each series of talk Krishnamurti leads the listener to look into serious topics like Operation of thought, conflict , The art of seeing, freedom, the energy needed for freedom, do we need a teacher, etc. There is a huge difference between looking into an issue and "thinking" about an issue. Thinking involves thought, and simply looking is mere observation. And krishnamurti says that if this observation, the seeing is done with total attention without the interference of thought, then the intelligence operates.

Many a times while reading this book, my mind will come to a complete stop and I would be taken to deep and spontaneous meditation. Krishnamurti is highly skillful in sparking our insights and allows us to see what he sees.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "cub_fan" on March 10, 2000
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Read this book and wake up to the fears, misery and conflict that prevades your life. Whether you admit it or not it is there, and Jiddu Krishnamurti will not only point it out to you but show you the way to "change". This is not a "self-help" book or for those looking for a step-by-step instruction guide to finding happiness or intelligence. Instead, this book is a wake-up call. He has a simple message that is conveyed in various, entertaining ways.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA on June 4, 2000
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Krishnamurti provided a difficult antidote for the Western tendency toward conceptual clutter: cut through to the heart of that clutter and sit with it until it silences itself. Be prepared to do the work of LOOKING if you buy this book, whose thesis is that where awareness operates and thought comes to an end, perhaps there can flower a different kind of intelligence that has nothing to do with intellect; an intelligence open to love.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James M Lowry Jr on February 18, 2000
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I believe that by reading this book you will be able to open your mind to all challenges and seek inner peace. His philosophy of using all of you rintelligence before you consider an action will definently amaze you. A must read to start your inner "healing"
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David on July 13, 2002
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Forget Zen Buddhism, Freud, Psychiatrists, forget everything you think you know. Just read and see what Krishnamurti sees. To see without prejudice to see with a free mind. This book has changed my life forever. I know who I am now, I found this out myself, not by being told what is right or wrong but by seeing with a clear mind. You are the only person who can save yourself. Don't even think about buying this book, just buy it. GENIUS!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dan The Conqueror on November 23, 2004
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What Krishnamurti offers the reader here are exercises for the mind that will help us re-wire our brains to think in a different way, that will allow us to obtain a new perception of who we are, and what our world is, and the harmony of both, leading to a freedom that can't quite be explained in words, but will be felt by those few who experience it. Have you stopped to think that it really makes no difference what car you drive, the clothes you wear, the place you live, because you still will at times feel sad, troubled, depressed, sick, and happiness is not guaranteed by these material objects?

What is our purpose in life? The author touches on these and other subjects, which we've being conditioned to believe as a universal truth, in today's modern "greed and riches are the only goal" society. He offers his ideas on how we free our minds from learned concepts, ideas, cultural traditions, and other thoughts that tie us into inflexible thinking, that doesn't allow us to understand new experiences, new ideas.

Krishanmurti, explains that in order for us to understand, we must say to ourselves "I don't know" so that we can have a clean slate with which to experience new ideas. Therefore not letting old, inflexible, sometimes narrow-minded, ideas or experiences, which we may have gathered through life, which are the sum of the culture, traditions, and experiences of thousands others who may, or may not be entirely correct in their interpretation either do to lack of knowledge, or a tunneled vision.

He describes how , by us depending on old ideas, acquired knowledge, and experiences,

We are pre conditioned, and bias, to new experiences, making it hard for us to obtain the full effect of any new experience.
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