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As One Is: To Free the Mind from All Conditioning Paperback – February 25, 2015
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I got a scare, while going through the book, I became aware of myself labeling every situation and every person as this or that and I want to be this, now and that-the next moment and so on. How the conditioning rules the mind is amazing and how this conditioning lends itself to anxiety and stress.
The funny part is how we label certain emotions as this or that and instead of seeing them as they are in their pristine form. We are busy, trying to get rid of those emotions or thoughts about those emotions (which I find even more ridiculous) which are only labels !! See the fears and anxieties and obsessions as they are and the very seeing brings about a huge change. I am certainly ending my quest for spiritual experiences after reading these set of talks as I am convinced that they are only another form of entertainment that the mind is seeking.
As I conclude this, my mind says - are you sure, you'll be peaceful just by observing the feelings and emotions ? All I can do is laugh at it without answering the question. Afterall, who is the one who asks the question and who is the one who seeks an answer and who is the one who might answer ? Its all the same - the ego - the conditioning - the mechanical mind whcih can operate only in the field of known - as Krishnamurti often says.
Amazing book !! In a nutshell, life as we know is not to be taken too seriously !!
But he claims there is another way. If we constantly see ourselves as we are, this frees us from our conditioning. Freed from our habitual ways of looking at them, loneliness and emptiness become what he calls "aloneness," freedom from collective patterns of conditioning, and this leads to the real, the timeless. By conditioning he means reacting to stimuli with memory, habitual social and individual patterns of thought, rather than seeing things as they are and seeing oneself as one is. Without such a revolution in one's thinking, one continues to operate in the field of one's conditioning. If a petty mind seeks God, the God it finds is likely to be petty.
He points out that society does not encourage us to look at ourselves the way we are. Instead, we are encouraged to compare ourselves to others, to standards or ideals, and to be constantly striving to improve ourselves accordingly. This self-improvement leads to continuation of the self in modified form. Krishnamurti sees the self as a result of the conditioning influences of society and describes this self-improvement process as "progress in sorrow.Read more ›
I will buy the rest of Krishnamurtis books, and I have no favourites; I think they all have their own significance. It is no boring repeating, as you often find with other authors in the same category.
The books was also very cheap, good quality, fast delivered, and they arrived way before estimated time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book presents a series of talks given by Krishnamurti in the 1950s. The general theme, repeated over and over throughout these talks, is that every human being has been... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Johnny
Krishnamurti presents the only true "spiritual" and psychological revolution. If you are truly interested in this subject you can clear your book shelf of other... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert F. Steele
Krishnamurti has some things that are so insightful one is compelled to listen. I think his best work was in conjunction with David Bohm.Published 5 months ago by WILLIAM T
This is probably a very good book. However, I get very lost when trying to understand Krishnamurti. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas De Mann
Yes I agree with other reviewer , prepare to be jolted ! I'm not even close to finishing the book. It's a shame a lot of people are still not aware of this man and his teachings ,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by johnny javelin
Another 'mind opening' (or as 'K' would have probably preferred to have called it, 'a mind freeing') book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tony H.