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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159030327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590303276
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The work of the influential 20th-century spiritual teacher Krishnamurti (1895–1986) is filled with paradoxes: don't follow gurus, this guru advised. Philosophy is an escape, said the man whom the Dalai Lama called one of the age's greatest philosophers. This compilation of lectures sounds again and again Krishnamurti's key themes: learn, and live, by direct experience, not by the received wisdom of texts and teachers. Throw away what was (the past) and what should be (the ideal) in order to perceive through direct observation what is occurring each day and in each experience. Look inside to learn how the mind works and thereby change the world. While Krishnamurti asserts "there is no path to truth," many 20th-century Eastern spiritual teachers followed Krishnamurti's path in popularizing mysticism and meditation in the West. The origin of this book in lectures makes it repetitive at times, although those new to Krishnamurti may find that repetition helpful in clarifying themes. Krishnamurti's influence spread via his talks throughout the world, so the flavor of his oral teaching, in all its provocation, is preserved. Krishnamurti may be too abstract for some; this book will best suit those interested in the intersection of philosophy and Eastern spirituality. (Feb. 14)
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"Few modern thinkers have integrated psychology, philosophy, and religion so seamlessly."— Publishers Weekly

"Krishnamurti is one of the greatest philosophers of the age."—the Dalai Lama

"Is it possible to live a sane life in an insane world? This new collection of teachings explores this crucial question with great freshness, clarity, and a profound understanding of the intimate link between inward and outward transformation. This magnificent contribution to the body of Krishnamurti's teachings will be invaluable for both beginners and seasoned meditators."—Larry Rosenberg, founder of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and author of Breath by Breath

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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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard G. Petty on January 24, 2007
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Jiddu Krishnamurti has been one of the formative influences in my own life. I still have a paperback edition of some of his lectures that I devoured as a fifteen year old. He had enormous personal presence and the clarity of his teaching was amazing. The Dalai Lama described him as one of the greatest philosophers of the age, and I can only agree.

This book is one of my favorites. Krishnamurti was always a practical philosopher: his interest was in taking spirituality and making it a part of our day-to-day existence. The book begins with the premise that if we are to bring about meaningful change in the world, then we first have to change ourselves: outward change will only occur in response to the way in which we perceive things inwardly. One of the most attractive things about his work is that he always said that we should not rely on the authority of other people, because we come into this world equipped with an innate capacity to discern truth. Much of his teaching revolved around ways to reconnect with that ability.

The book is based on a series of lectures - most with some questions and answers - so there is some repetition. That being said, if anything the repetition is useful: some of his concepts may seem abstract the first time that you come across them. He covers many topics, from ways to live in harmony, to freedom, love and perception.

With clarity and compassion, Krishnamurti teaches us something that I am sure is true: if enough of us change the structure and dynamics of our thinking and our emotions, we can bring about radical transformations in the way in which our society deals with conflict, poverty, inequality and war.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joey J. Ward on October 31, 2009
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I will keep this simple, INWARD REVOLUTION is a must read Krishnamuti book. Nice large print and easy to read, but you ask, will I understand whats in the book and the answer is simple, the I can never understand. Read it and see if the I is really real.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J on April 29, 2010
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Each chapter [lecture] is a variation, and one step deeper than the previous. The repetition is effective in a meditation-in-action way. By the end of the book, a feeling of self-empowerment on the spiritual (and logical) level definitely occurred for me. This book should be read without too much intensity, as the logic will integrate itself in a tangible way, naturally; however, try to read only one chapter per day or two, so that the proper reasoning can internalize and be used (by adding the Right Conscious Effort as often as possible) as a truly practical approach to developing personal confidence (facing and accepting fears) in seeing the world truthfully, learning to avoid habitual reactions, and to wake up in order to live life in the most meaningful and enlightened way.
Just remember to make this book a guide to Right Understanding and Action, not to use it as just another intellectual exercise.
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If you are a serious seeker of the truth then this book is for you. Krishnamurti puts forth the truth in a very straight forward manner, or rather he gets his listeners to bring it forth from their interactions with him. He wants the listener or reader to discover it for themselves rather than him telling them what it is. Very thought provoking and evocative, as it causes you to really see what you value and are you really willing to give up all your prejudices and preconceived notions to find out what the truth is. It is not a religious treatise at all, it's a very human approach to understanding what is real and what is not. It then leads you to the Ultimate truth that exists and has always existed. He does not label God or anything else as he believes that limits the unlimited. Over the years, I've read almost all of his works and believe this is the pinnacle of his extensive works, and thus enjoyed it very much. It is humbling to be able to read the thoughts of such a great being as earth was blessed with his presence.
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