This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti’s teaching is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the renowned teacher’s thoughts. This books is being relaunched by Krishnamurti Foundation India for the first time in India, since its original publication abroad five decades ago. The highly-acclaimed book sheds light on the predicament of humanity and is of great relevance in these times of sharpening divisions, corruption and deepening material greed. Within general discussions of conflict, fear, violence, religious experience. self-knowledge, and intelligence, Krishnamurti examines specific issues, such a role of teacher and tradition; the need for awareness of ‘cosmic consciousness’; the problem of good and evil; and traditional Vedanta methods of help for different levels of seekers. Krishnamurti’s conversations with eminent personalities like Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, Swami Venkatesananda, and David Bohm transcend all man-made boundaries of religious beliefs, nationalistic sentiment, and sectarian outlook.



KRISHNAMURTI: I would like to talk about relationship, about what love is, about human existence in which is involved our daily living, the problems one has, the conflicts, the pleasures and the fears, and that most extraordinary thing one calls death.

I think one has to understand—not as a theory, not as a speculative, entertaining concept, but rather as an actual fact—that we are the world and the world is us. The world is each one of us. To feel that, to be really committed to it and to nothing else, brings about a feeling of great responsibility and an action that must not be fragmentary but whole.

I think we are apt to forget that our society, the culture in which we live, which has conditioned us, is the resultof human endeavour, conflict, human misery and suffering. Each one of us is that culture. The community is each one of us; we are not separate from it. To feel this, not as an intellectual idea or a concept, but to actually feel the reality of this, one has to go into the question of what is relationship because our life, our existence, is based on relationship. Life is a movement in relationship. If we do not understand what is implied in relationship, we inevitably not only isolate ourselves, but create a society in which human beings are divided, not only nationally, religiously, but also in themselves, and therefore they project what they are into the outer world.

I do not know if you have gone into this question deeply for yourself, to find out if one can live with another in total harmony, in complete accord, so that there is no barrier, no division, but a feeling of complete unity. Because relationship means to be related—not in action, not in some...More >

J. Krishnamurti, whose life and teachings spanned the greater part of the 20th century, is regarded by many as one who has had the most profound impact on human consciousness in the modern times. Hailed as the World Teacher, he illumined the lives of millions the world over: intellectuals and laymen, young and old. He confronted boldly the problems of contemporary society and analysed with scientific.... More >


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