Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Teaching

I had written a post on polluters and pressed publish and it disappeared.

So, here is the core Teaching of J Krishnamurti , one of my very favorites.

Krishnamurti was born in 1895 in south India, the eighth child in a middle-class family. At an early age he was adopted by Annie Besant, then the President of the Theosophical Society. She took Krishnamurti and his brother Nitya to England where she had them educated privately.

On Krishnamurti's return to India while still in his teens, Theosophists proclaimed him to be the world teacher whose coming they had been awaiting. They built a large and rich order round him, with many thousands of followers. But in 1929, in a rather famous speech, Krishnamurti disbanded the organisation, returned the estates and monies that had been given to him, and declared that his only purpose was to set human beings unconditionally free from psychological limitations.

Krishnamurti wrote this in 1981.

‘Truth is a pathless land'.

Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique.He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection.

Man has built in himself images as a fence of security - religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man’s thinking, his relationships, and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind.

The content of his consciousness is his entire existence.

This content is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name, the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to all mankind. So he is not an individual.

Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. It is man’s pretense that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity.

Thought is time.

Thought is born of experience and knowledge, which are inseparable from time and the past. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and so we live in constant conflict and struggle. There is no psychological evolution.

When man becomes aware of the movement 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 this 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.

Krishnamurti belonged to no religion, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. Instead, he stated that these are the very factors that divide us from one another and bring about personal and social conflict and ultimately war.

His talks and discussions were not based on any authority of tradition or academic knowledge, but arose out of his own insights into the human mind and his own relation with the sacred.

Perhaps he was the World Teacher.

And Annie got it right after all.





9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When man becomes aware of the movement 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 this 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."

This needs to be read over and over and over and over again until you get it and you investigate it for yourself.

a simple and remarkable distillation.

12:17 PM  
Blogger OZ said...

This is the state of mind that I refer to in the Bars posting and in the the Awakened Mind.

Yet, is there not also an open and awakened heart?

And when the mind and the heart are awakened, do they become the heartmind?

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have the slightest idea of what you are talking about here. Are you suggesting that there is some union of the heart and mind that occurs upon awakening?

9:32 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

I believe that humans, almost all humans, are capable of a great deal, if we only allow ourselves to be that.
I have great hope in humanity.

11:48 AM  
Blogger demoncrat said...

Was it not UJ Krishnamurti who disbanded the Theosophy society? I have started reading up on J Khrishnamurti today, before it i did some research into UH Krishnamurti [who mentiones J Krishnamurti not in good words]. So where both of them hailed as messiahs in their youth, taken under the wing of Annie Besant and ...???

If u answer over here then gimme a shout on my blog [or track back me]
tc

2:58 PM  
Blogger demoncrat said...

...my blog at ahsas.blogspot.com

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i guess no one is maintaining this blog - or the owners are not interested in my comments. Anyhow - was searching on the web and stumbled upon this blog again.

Thought i would add, UG and J krishnamurti were contemporaries. I find UG is saying the same things as J, only in very blunt and some might say pessimistic way.

his videos and audio recordings are worth listening to at

http://www.ugkrishnamurti.org/

a startling example of differnt ways of looking at the same one eternal truth

"The answers you seek are born out of the questions you already know the answer to. There is no question."

demoncrat
ahsas.blogspot.com

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello one met UJ years ago---also listened to Krishnamurti during several conferences in India-Brockwood PARK---Switserland.One can learn from both---each moment constant flow.UJ wass trying a direct approach.Few words-like the zen master hitting you with whatever is there-to awaken you out of mindfucking.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one starts seeing the difficulties people have to face---lets call it karma or whatever---the darkness of ignorancy---the dark armies in the night--this opens the heart to the innocence of nature---a non-jugmental mind finds the virgin---quan ying.The open non-jugmental mind---acts like a parachute.Karuna will happen.

9:51 AM  

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