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Think on These Things Paperback – October 11, 1989
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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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I first learned of Krishnamurti after watching a biography on Bruce Lee. Apparently, Krishnamurti was one of his favorite philosophers, espousing the idea that truth is pathless, and that freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward, and without motive. Krishnamurti did not believe that man can come to truth through any organization, or through any creed, dogma, priest or ritual. The essence of Krishnamurti's teachings can all be found in "Think on These Things" without the pedantic language found in other writings. The simple Question & Answer format in fact precludes this from happening.
Krishnamurti is indeed a person whose writings will make you reflect on life and what makes it important. Recommended reading if you have not yet read any works by Krishnamurti; if you have, this will probably not fit the bill for you, as this is a very basic primer on Krishnamirti's teachings.
Krishnamurti's books should be given to all teenagers, especially in school. That's the time to start doing some serious thinking, and not when you are already in a big hole with no hope to get out (and if you are already there, then you really need to read this book). Why wait until then? Do you love yourself or your children or friends or family? Then start reading all his books. And the best thing is: all you have to do is "think."
For those who want to start on the "self realization" mystical path: Krishnamurti's books should be the first step.
Basically, after reading this book, you will discover, feel, realize, and wonder of how come you have never used your mind before! And... you will never feel alone again, or lost, or empty, confused, or brainless... this is an eye opener for those who never knew that they had eyes!
I tell you what, read the entire book, and then you will feel such a rush that cannot be put into words. So I'll stop here.
A little sample:
Questioner: It is true that society is based on acquisitiveness an ambition; but if we had no ambition would we not decay?
KRISHNAMURTI: This is really a very important question, and it needs great attention.
Do you know what attention is? Let us find out. In a classroom, when you stare out of the window or pull somebody's hair, the teacher tells you to pay attention. Which means what? That you are not interested in what you are studying and so the teacher compels you to pay attention--which is not attention at all. Attention comes when you are deeply interested in something, for then you love to find out all about it; then your whole mind, your whole being is there. Similarly, the moment you see that this question--if we had no ambition, would we decay?--is really very important, you are interested and want to find out the truth of the matter.
Now, is not the ambitious man destroying himself? That is the first thing to find out, not to ask whether ambition is right or wrong. Look around you, observe all the people who are ambitious. What happens when you are ambitious? You are thinking about yourself, are you not? You are cruel, you push other people aside because you are trying to fulfill your ambition, trying to become a big man, thereby creating in society the conflict between those who are succeeding and those who are falling behind. There is a constant battle between you and the others who are also after what you want; and is this conflict productive of creative living? Do you understand, or is this too difficult?
Are you ambitious when you love to do something for its own sake? When you are doing something with your whole being, not because you want to get somewhere, or have more profit, or greater results, but simply because you love to do it--in that there is no ambition, is there? In that there is no competition; you are not struggling with anyone for first place. And should not education help you to find out what you really love to do so that from the beginning to the end of your life you are working at something which you feel is worthwhile and which for you has deep significance? Otherwise, for the rest of your days, you will be miserable. Not knowing what you really want to do, your mind falls into a routine in which there is only boredom, decay, and death. That is why it is very important to find out while you are young what it is you really love to do; and this is the only way to create a new society.
Chapters: The foundation of education, The problem of freedom, Freedom and love, Listening, Creative discontent, The wholeness of life, Ambition, Orderly thinking, An open mind, Inward beauty, Conformity and revolt, The confidence of innocence, Equality and freedom, Self discipline, Cooperation and sharing, Renewing the mind, The river of life, The attentive mind, Knowledge and tradition, To be religious is to be sensitive to reality, The purpose of learning, The Simplicity of Love, The need to be alone, The energy of life, To live effortlessly, The mind is not everything, To seek God.
p.s. You will want to keep this book under your pillow, seriously!