Posts by J Krishnamurti

Total Attention – Breaking Images

When talking to a friend, I noticed I was forming a screen of words between us. I was not really seeing her or even looking at her face in front of me. Rather, I was only seeing an image I had. Obviously this is no way to relate to another person. In his book Freedom…

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What is Thought

What is Thought While I was reading a book this morning, the mind began adding money that was in my wallet. Sounds funny, but what was really going on? Here I am reading information that will supposedly make my life better, yet there is a distraction preventing me from attending to what it is I…

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Awareness of Unawareness is Awareness

Sometimes it takes a while to see that there is nothing I can add to myself to make me more aware and conscious. But if I watch myself in action, without condemning or judging, I may find I’m asleep most of the time. Krishnamurti gives a great example of this. “Can you practice awareness? If…

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Pursuing Every Thought to the Root

  Pursuing Every Thought to the Root  (by Jiddu Krishnamurti)        “To end thought I have first to go into the mechanism of thinking. I have to understand thought completely, deep down in me. I have to examine every thought, without letting one thought escape without being fully understood, so that the brain,…

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Simplicity

Simplicity by Jiddu Krishnamurti Our problems – social, environmental, political, religious – are so complex that we can solve them only by being simple, not by becoming extraordinarily erudite and clever. A simple person sees much more directly, has a more direct experience, than the complex person. Our minds are so crowded with an infinite…

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The Light Cannot Be Given to You By Another

The Light Cannot Be Given to You By Another ~ J. Krishnamurti,  The Collected Works, Choiceless Awareness Most people, when they are confused, disturbed, want to return to the past; they seek to revive the old religion, to re-establish the ancient customs, to bring back the form of worship practised by their ancestors, and all…

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The First Step is the Last Step

The First Step is the Last Step (from J Krishnamurti’s Inward Revolution) The first step is the last step.  The first step is the step of clear perception, and that clear act of clear perception is the last act.  When you see danger, a serpent, that very perception is complete action.  We said the first…

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The Understanding of Space and the Nature of Silence

The Understanding of Space & the Nature of Silence Excerpts from 5th Public Talk in Amsterdam, 1967 by Jiddu Krishnamurti “There are two things which it is absolutely necessary to find out about: the understanding of space, and the nature of silence. It is a most interesting thing to find out what space means. We are…

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The Answer is in the Question

Many years ago, I attended Vernon Howard classes on a regular basis.  In the town where I lived, I had an opportunity to be employed at one of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s schools.  Vernon Howard’s teaching was aligned with Mr Krishnamurti’s, so when I asked Vernon if I could have his permission to work there, he responded,…

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Being Aware

BEING AWARE Jiddu Krishnamurti, The Collected Works “Questioner:  I find it impossible to be aware all the time. “Krishnamurti:  Don’t be aware all the time!  Just be aware in little bits.  Please, there is no being aware all the time, that is a dreadful idea!  It is a nightmare, this terrible desire for continuity.  Just…

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I Begin With Simple Things

I Begin With Simple Things   Seeing the world, seeing humanity, the “me”, and the necessity of a total, radical revolution, how is it possible to bring it about? It can only be brought about when the observer no longer makes an effort to change, because he himself is part of what he tries to…

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Pure Observation (audio)

Pure Observation What follows are excerpts by Jiddu Krishnamurti regarding Pure Observation:  that is, observation without the accumulation of an ‘Observer’; without the one who criticizes, holds accounts and judges. Questioner: How is one to empty the past? Krishnamurti: You cannot. You empty the past totally when there is no observer. It is the observer who…

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