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

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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 Lonliness, On Fear, and On Freedom.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; New edition edition (May 6, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060648341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060648343
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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86 of 87 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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41 of 42 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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38 of 40 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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36 of 40 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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19 of 20 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Warit Jarikasem on August 29, 2001
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I did carefully read your comment ,and humble think that I really understood how you felt. Actually, before anyone starts reading Krishnamurti's work, I recommend he should have some experience in observing his own thought and mind.
It is no wonder for me that most people do not understand what Krishnamurti said. Because what he said could not be understood intellectually, rather it must be experienced by one ownself.
He has his mind, you have your mind. But all of us experience love, anger, hatred, etc. which are the same for all human being. He observed his mind and nature, then expressed his experience in his own word, Could you do what is called non-self observation UNINTENTIONALLY carefully on your mind , and express them in your own language? If you could, then you will understand Krishnamurti by your own heart..This takes long long time to practice. So don't give up.
Men cannot search the meaning of life in books, . Human being cannot determine his own position in this world by looking at where he is standing alone. Imagine you were flying in the space and everywhere you look was nothing but darkness. Can you tell where you were? This also applies to our life.
Finally,Krishnamurti also said that ' we must also renounce him too in order to reach true freedom'. So if one want to study his work, just go ahead but remember to forget what he said, then return to one 's own mind and experience by oneself.
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