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Posts by J Krishnamurti

A Move from Freedom

Jiddu Krishnamurti says that each of us has the ability to understand the very complex and miraculous workings of the human mind if we proceed with great interest.  We will come to find that it is this incredible instrument in which the “eternal, unnameable” resides.   But a person must through personal observation, negate all of…

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Look in the Right Place for Help

This is an action that we resist because we have been taught since birth that the answers lie outside ourselves. Jiddu Krishnamurti says it very clearly: “In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth…

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Just Observe

Jiddu Krishnamurti comments on self-identifying, understanding and a mind deeply observant. *** Being aware does not mean learning and accumulating lessons from life; on the contrary, to be aware is to be without the scars of accumulated experience.  After all, when the mind merely gathers experience according to its own wishes, it remains very shallow,…

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Do What You Don’t Want to Do

It has been emphasized by many great teachers that any attempt to ‘fix’ ourselves is not only futile, but counter productive to our spiritual growth.   Perhaps this compelling propensity we have is due to our arrogance; we don’t want to view ourselves as under very concrete and immutable laws of nature. It is as if…

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Facing Violence

An excerpt from  Jiddu Krishnamurti , The Collected Works: *** Sir, take violence.  Again, let us think that thought through.  First, I do not like to acknowledge that I am violent, because socially and morally I am told that to be violent is a very bad thing.  But the fact is I am violent.  So…

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Live with Yourself as You Actually Are (audio)

Most of us have been brought up in society to want to feel a part of something; to belong to this or that group — giving us the sensing that our lives really matter and that we are not alone in the world. As Jiddu Krishnamurti so eloquently puts forth in this excerpt from “Freedom…

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Break Mechanical Thinking

“Comfort is one thing, and truth another; they lead away from each other.  If you seek comfort, you may find it in an explanation, a drug or a belief; but it will be temporary, and sooner or later you will have to begin over again.  And is there such a thing as comfort?  It may…

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Soul-Searching

 If we are in a building and want to go up to the next floor, we walk over to the elevator, enter, make our request (push the “up” button), and the door closes, safely taking us up. It would be insane to stand in the middle of the lobby and make a request (nothing would…

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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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