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Why Krishnamurti?

Reading Krishnamurti is different from reading any other religion or philosophy. It is unique in the sense that whereas most religions are prescriptive and start with a view to approaching the ideal, and most philosophies are intellectual discourses for unraveling the Unknown, Krishnamurti’s teachings are neither a method to arrive at something, nor are they a mental process to reach at something. The essence of his teachings lies in realizing the fact:  “what is” and not to look for an ideal: “what should be”. He says, self-realization is something which ends where it starts. That is, the first step is the last step.

J Krishnamurti Talk

                    Krishnamurti points out, Truth comes in flashes and it can only be instantaneous. He disregards any methods of following in matters of spirituality because following implies obeying an authority which – however noble, however lofty – is essentially dependence; and dependence never gives freedom. Truth is perceived only by passively observing our own life, which is shown in our relationships, our tendencies, and our whole structure of existence. Mind cannot ever lead to Truth as mind is the outcome of time, recent as well as past, whereas Truth is timeless.

                   Another important aspect of Krishnamurti’s teachings lies in, to quote his own word, The observer is the observed. Such a thing had never been said before. A total transformation of human psyche is possible when the observer ceases to exist, and what remains is only observation – without the agent of observation. “When man becomes aware of the movements of his own thoughts, he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that the division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past  or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep radical mutation in the mind.

Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence. (Oct, 21, 1980).

J Krishnamurti with children

                   Krishnamurti says that an individual is not something different from the world. In fact, ‘You are the world’, and therefore, every transformation must start from within – not without.  The experience of another is not valid in understanding reality. But, the organized religions throughout the world are based on the experience of another and, therefore, are not liberating man but only binding him to a particular pattern which sets man against man. Each one of us has to start anew, afresh; for what we are, the world is. The world is not different from you and me. This little world of our problems, extended, becomes the world and the problems of the world.

                   Reading Krishnamurti has impacted the lives of many readers. Many have begun to realize how they had been trapped in the network of psychological dependence on spiritual authorities without seeing the root of such dependence. By reading Krishnamurti, they have begun to look freshly at the common human experiences of their everyday life, such as, anger, sorrow, greed, ambition, faith, conflict, love and so on. They have also begun to watch how their minds have been working under various layers of conditionings, both conscious and subconscious. They have been reading Krishnamurti, now for years, and have started to feel how life has become so meaningful, so different.