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"Perhaps we would have to go back to Gautama to find another teacher as convincingly austere, as rationally lucid and who, offering nothing but liberation from the self, yet can bring conviction to those who have so often been disappointed." -- "Dr. Gerald Heard""The material contained in this volume was originally presented in the form of talks to students, teachers and parents in India, but its keen penetration and lucid simplicity will be deeply meaningful to thoughtful people everywhere, of all ages, and in every walk of life. Krishnamurti examines with characteristic objectivity and insight the expressions of what we are pleased to call our culture, our education, religion, politics and tradition; and he throws much light on such basic emotions as ambition, greed and envy, the desire for security and the lust for power all of which he shows to be deteriorating factors in human society."-- "from the Editor's Note"-- "from the Editor's Note""Krishnamurti's observations and explorations of moderm man's estate are penetrating and profound, yet given with a disarming simplicity and directness. To listen to him or to read his thoughts is to face oneself and the world with an astonishing morning freshness."--" Anne Morrow Lindbergh"--" Anne Morrow Lindbergh"

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (October 11, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060916095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060916091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis Muzza on October 5, 2000
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I discovered Krishnamurti during my freshman year in college and it shattered the way I looked (or didn't look) at life. Ten years later, this book still remains by my side. It's hard to pigeonhole it into a particular category. It could be seen as a self-help book, but it really isn't. Krishamurti's advice is among the most unpractical and difficult you'll ever find and there are no magical recipes here. It could be seen as a book on religion, and even though you get a feel for eastern mysticism, it's very much against the superstitions and dogma we associate with religion. To me it's a book on philosophy in the truest sense of the word. Instead of parroting or following a line of thought set forth by others, it is an exercise in the art of questioning everything, in particular the assumptions, traditions, and prejudices that society imposes on us and which we live by without even being aware. It encourages us to discover for ourselves what we mean by truth, beauty, goodness, and God. Buy this book, read it as many times as you can, and please, think on these things.
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I've read over 25 Krishamurti books, including all the "big ones" like Freedom from the Known, The First and Last Freedom, Total Freedom, Awakening of Intelligence, Flight of the Eagle, Krishmaurti's Notebook, etc., many of which I've read more than once. I've given all of them away to share K's message but kept four of them which I keep as references for focused daily reflection/meditation (as opposed to the meditation of all waking life). The four I've kept are Freedom from the Known, On God, On Right Livelihood, and Education and the Significance of Life (the last one of great relevance to me since I'm an educator). And so now I always recommend (and often give) the first three books on that list I just mentioned to anyone who wants to learn more about K's "teachings." "Freedom from the Known" is the single best, most concise and thorough summary of all K's teachings. "On God" should greatly help anyone who is searching for ultimate reality, Truth, God, Enlightenment, Nirvana, The Meaning of Life, or whatever one wants to call it. No summary will do it justice; you must read it for yourself. "On Right Livelihood" addresses the issue of our daily living, in work, leisure, and even to some degree home life and family relationship, becuase, as K emphasizes, they all should be an integrated whole, not fragmented parts of our lives. "Education and the Significance of Life" is also or relevance to anyone who has children or who teaches; it will transform the way you view childrearing and education. I would say that those four books would be all a person would need to transform one's life; to have a radical revolution in living. Now that being said, why do I still highly recommend "Think on These Things?Read more ›
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I have read literally hundreds of books and manuals in my search for understanding of both myself, and those other sojourners that I share this planet with. To wit, two manuals of life and understanding have impacted my life beyond all others combined, they are, "The Holy Bible", and "Think On These Things", by J. Krishnamurti. The wisdom contained in this book defies, even mocks the words to describe it. If you are looking for truth, wisdom, and are open to rattle the very foundations of both your life and the true meaning of education (both in and out of the home), then I cannot encourage you enough to spend the rest of your life with this book of revelation. And may I wish you peace in your search for a greater meaning in life....
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This is perhaps the most accessible collection of Krishnamurti's teachings and insights, which isn't to say he's an obscurantist, or that the content is easy. Unlike the scores of self-appointed gurus and self-help peddlers pandering to lazy and impatient seekers, Krishnamurti offers direct, often uncomfortable, but ultimately liberating insights into the hows and whys of the human mind, and what lies beyond it.
Personally I've read this book dozens of times and always see a little more clearly and deeply with each re-reading. Folks who are repelled by both traditional religion and New Age trash, yet hunger for deeper questions and answers, may draw tremendous wisdom from this book.
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By A Customer on August 15, 1999
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In this book, first printed in the 1960s, Krishnamurti challenges the audience / reader to want to think for themselves. He invites them to learn about their own thinking processes by observing their thoughts, motivations and reactions, etc. Krishnamurti explores the audience's questions with insight and kindness, challenging traditional patterns of thought and cultural values. He examines attitudes, such as fear, envy, ambition and the desire for security, that motivate our actions, illuminating the ways in which these attitudes hinder our freedom, intelligence and ability to be kind, vivacious entities. "If you are here to merely have confirmation, to be encouraged in your own thinking, then your listening has very little meaning. But, if you are listening to find out, then your mind is free, not committed to anything... therefore capable of discovery." pg. 27
The language of the book is easy, purposeful and direct. The material is derived from actual lectures in India. The book is setup in a series of chapters in which the first section is a monologue followed by a Q&A session. A cool feature of the book is that it has an index of all the audience's questions. I learned a lot from reading this book, and I highly recommend it to readers of all ages.
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