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The First and Last Freedom Paperback – March 26, 1975
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In philosophical terms I think that it's important to say that what K taught falls into what is termed the "via negativa," which are paths like Zen that promulgate "the way that is no way," the system that is no system, that the only way to realize the eternal is to simply *be,* be aware, at every moment, to face life and who one is with absolute honesty, directness, and clarity. Let me also say as caveats that you do not need to want to realize the eternal to study K, and that realizing the "ineffable" is surely a path that many people could care less about! To each his own, for sure.
K is not going to be popular to self-absorbed New Age types who are at times superficially talking about "enlightenment" and "love," while other times taking their spiritual temperatures to see if they are aware of themselves enough. On the contrary he often referred to our petty concerns as silly and stupid, not to insult us, but rather to try to effect a kind of catharsis where we simply see ourselves exactly as we are, w/o pretense, w/o belief systems, w/o indentifying with the sundry crutches that many of us surround ourselves with, precisely to avoid just seeing exactly who we are. The term K coined for this constant self awareness was "choiceless awareness.Read more ›
The reading here is easy, but the thinking is more difficult. Krishnamurti doesn't attempt to speak what people might want to hear, but speaks from his heart, from his innermost being. So he doesn't give an easy path to follow nor does he promise such a path. Actually, to provide a path for others to follow would contradict his philosophy.
The answer according to him is in self-knowledge, but that knowledge can not be gained through effort. Nor, says he, can it be passed on to you by a guru. It won't be found in books. (I can't help but be amused by those who emphasize that the Truth isn't revealed in the printed word, and of course they use the printed word to share this message with us.)
The first half of the book is comprised of writings and portions of talks. The second half consists of questions asked after his talks, and in his answers you will find repetition sometimes as he clarifies. He has a way of emphasizing the main points by asking "Is it not?" or words to that effect.
I admit to having difficulties with much of what he says, but this isn't criticism as much as a compliment. The very difficulties I might have benefit me so so that I learn through resolving them. If you don't get this book, do at least read some of his other material. You will be rewarded.
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Everyone should read this book; an inspirational thinker with a refreshing no-nonsense approach- just outstanding.Published 1 month ago by Miss H J Roberts
This book simply did not resonate with me despite the numerous positive reviews written about it on amazon. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phil Calandra
Same Krishnamurti we saw on YouTube, so absolute and passionate about fundamentals of living, so clear yet so difficult to reach. A must read, to meditate upon. Beautiful mind.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A profound conversation with K: As with all his writing, this is not presented as an authoritative "lesson" but as a conversation in which you are free to accept or reject. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
In my humble opinion, Krishnamurti is a man of the highest standards. However, I think he is a bit disconnected from the real world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Majid
The First and Last Freedom
Absolutely top-notch self-knowledge content written in simple language for everyone. Read more