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On Krishnamurti's Teachings: The Collected Writings, Talks and Classroom Discussions of Allan W. Anderson on the Teachings of J. Krishnamurti Paperback – July 15, 2012
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From the Author
Krishnamurti made a profound impression upon me and was the single most decisive influence of any living teacher I had personally encountered. His approach to self-inquiry was lucid, unwavering and correcting. I owe him a debt impossible to repay.
From the moment we began our conversations I was struck by his quality of attention. There was nothing contrived about it nor was it based on a muscular effort of the will to attend. It might be likened, on a different level, to the dynamic of balance as when one rides a bicycle, drives a car or simply walks. Unless there is a disturbance in the inner ear or other impediment, normal walking is unselfconscious yet not unconscious. Beyond strength and skill, it entails knack, which is a gift. Since most of us walk there doesn't seem to be much, if anything, of a gift about it. Yet, without knack our walking would be unspontaneous, graceless, sheerly mechanical and wooden-puppet-like. Krishnamurti's listening was knackful. It had the simplicity and openness of a child with the alertness of a warrior. It combined the harmlessness of the dove with the wisdom of the serpent.
This way of being taught me much about education and teaching. It brought home to me why so many gifted students are lost to higher education--their chief complaint being that it all seems unreal, there being no relation shown between thinking one's life and living it.
This book is a collection of writings, talks and classroom discussions that continued that inexhaustible investigation begun with Krishnamurti in our dialogues together.
From the Back Cover
On Krishnamurti's Teachings is an essential reference for any religious scholar or student of traditional texts, and particularly relevant for people studying the teachings of J. Krishnamurti. Every line of Allan Anderson's thoughtfully wrought texts invites readers to reflect, doubt, and ponder. Anderson does the scholarly work and distills perennial questions and issues to the simple relevant present. --R.E. Mark Lee, trustee, Krishnamurti Foundation of America
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On Krishnamurti's Teachings sets our potential for true self-awareness before us in clear and meaningful language. When asked if anyone had actually understood him, Jiddu Krishnamurti replied: "Perhaps, Allan Anderson." For his part Anderson regarded Krishnamurti as one of those great teachers who arise from time to time to present us with the opportunity to enter into, in the words of his first book on the subject, A Wholly Different Way of Living - one which is radically different from the norm, especially in our time.
Each man was right about the other, although Anderson would never claim to have "understood" Krishnamurti, for the teachings are to be lived out rather than intellectually rationalized. He was satisfied not to have misunderstood him by thinking he had somehow figured him out. He calls that error an example of "going beyond where we have not yet begun." The book is filled with such insights.
Both Krishnamurti and Anderson dedicated themselves to carefully attending in their own lives to what St. Augustine pointed toward when he wrote, "I am a mystery to myself." Studying this book sincerely stimulates that same kind of self-inquiry and thus supports the possibility of genuine transformation.
Once this book has somehow come to anyone's attention, he or she ought to consider the likelihood that it did so as a timely invitation from existence - an opportunity which is not to be neglected.
Should it seem that such is the case, then the next step is to act on the words which drifted over a neighbor's wall and into Augustine's mind just before he began to study the scripture that completely changed his life: "Tolle, lege," came a child's voice through the air, "Take up and read."
~~ J. Kingston Cowart, Center Point Publications, El Cajon, California.