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In Life Ahead, one of the greatest teachers of our time presents a practical philosophy of learning and understanding that moves far beyond traditional ideas of education. Collected from talks Krishnamurti gave to his students in India, Life Ahead offers short chapters based around life's fundamental questions. It includes an introduction written by Krishnamurti especially for the book.
The third volume in the "Selections from the Decades" series and consists of 23 public talks.
On Conflict considers two of the most vital issues of our time--violence and conflict. Krishnamurti shows that the origins of these divisive experiences lie in confusion and turmoil and teaches that "inward activity dictates outer activity. "
On Fear is a collection of Krishnamurti's most profound observations and thoughts on how fear and dependence affect our lives and prevent us from seeing our true selves. Among the many questions Krishnamurti addresses in these remarkable teachings are: How can a mind that is afraid love? And what can a mind that depends on attachment know of joy? He points out that the voice of fear makes the mind dull and insensitive, and argues that the roots of hidden fears, which limit us and from which we constantly seek escape, cannot be discovered through analysis of the past. Questioning whether the exercise of will can eliminate the debilitating effects of fear, he suggests, instead, that only a fundamental realization of the root of all fear can free our minds.
On God contemplates our search for the sacred. "Sometimes you think life is mechanical, and at other times when there is sorrow and confusion, you revert to faith, looking to a supreme being for guidance and help." Krishnamurti explores the futility of seeking knowledge of the "unknowable" and shows that it is only when we have ceased seeking with our intellects that we may be "radically free" to experience reality, truth, and bliss. He present "the religious mind" as one that directly perceives the sacred rather than adhering top religious dogma.
In 1950 Krishnamurti said: "It is only when the mind is not escaping in any form that it is possible to be in direct communion with that thing we call loneliness, the alone, and to have communion with that thing, there must be affection, there must be love." On Love and Loneliness is a compelling investigation of our intimate relationships with ourselves, others, and society. Krishnamurti suggests that "true relationship" can come into being only when there is self-knowledge of the conditions which divide and isolate individuals and groups. Only by renouncing the self can we understand the problem of loneliness, and truly love.
Spiritual teacher J. Krishnamurti shows that the connection between our inner world of thoughts and emotions is inextricably linked to the outer world of humanity and the environment.
Modern quantum physics, most psychological insight, and all religions reveal the interconnectedness of everything in the universe, that everything always affects everything else. Because all life is lived in relationships, it is essential that we understand what a relationship is, and what every movement in relationships can mean to us and everyone else. Put together, all our individual relationships create society. Attention to our own behavior in relationship will recreate the world.
On Truth questions the very nature of reality and asks whether truth can be found by following any belief or teacher. Krishnamurti taught that truth comes uninvited, "with glory," when one puts all in order, and "in that there is great sacredness. "
"[Krishnamurti's] language is naked, revelatory and inspiring. It pierces the clouds of philosophy which confound our thought and restores the springs of action. He initiated no new faith or dogma, questioned everything, cultivated doubt and perseverance, freed himself of illusion and enchantment of pride, vanity, and every subtle form of dominion over others... I know of no other living man whose thought is more inspiring."-HENRY MILLER Described by the Dalai Lama as "one of the greatest thinkers of the age," J. Krishnamurti has influenced millions throughout the twentieth century, and his thoughts continue to resonate even a decade after his death. His words have influenced such notables as Dr. Jonas Salk, Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, Van Morrison, Bruce Lee, and countless other students of the spiritual path, ranging from scientists to philosophers to artists of all kinds. Practical, profound, and timeless, Krishnamurti's ideas- rejecting the prejudices of traditional learning, celebrating personal, spiritual freedom and the individual's search for Truth-are inspiring now more than ever. Collected in this comprehensive volume are the most illuminating and essential of his writings and talks: words that are of vital relevance to today's spiritual environment, and catalytic in guiding us toward a deeper understanding of ourselves, our place in the universe, and the mysteries of the human condition. "In my own life Krishnamurti influenced me profoundly and helped me personally break through the confines of my own self-imposed restrictions to my freedom." -DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D. Total Freedom is both an introduction to Krishnamurti and an essential, extensive collection. It includes selections from his early work to his later Krishnamurti to Himself: His Last Journal, and his valuable insight into the nature of the self, meditation, sex, love, and the mysteries of life and death. Revealing his core teachings in all their eloquence and power, these writings incite us to recognize that "Truth is a pathless land," to accept no spiritual authority-not even himself- and to think critically, that we may free our minds and see clearly on our own personal journey. From the Book Jacket
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