J. Krishnamurti was renowned for the penetrating insight and immediacy of his spiritual teaching. Radical in his day for seeking truth beyond the boundaries of religion, ideology, or tradition, he declared that "Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever." He traveled and lectured throughout the world, calling for a new approach to life and spirituality. In this compilation of Krishnamurti's most essential teachings, he explores what he calls "the art of living." The topics addressed include such perennial human concerns as: living life without conflict and confusion, how to act with skill and clarity, the significance of meditation, death and dying, true freedom, and bringing the sacred into everyday life. These timeless teachings guide us to live our lives simply, intelligently, and with great love—free from the bonds of sorrow and fear.
Changing Oneself, Changing The World. Genuine Reform, Says Krishnamurti, Can Be Brought About Only By Individuals Who Have Discovered What It Is To Love And To See . In This Radical Text, Which Brings Together Two Of His Most Popular And Influential Works, The Only Revolution And The Urgency Of Change, The Spiritual Teacher Who Rebelled Against Religion Points To A New Order Arising When We Have Ceased To Be Envious And Vicious And Have Died To Everything We Know, For Only Then Can We Give Birth To The Innocence That Allows The Timeless New To Come Into Being . The Traditional Reformer, By Contrast, Merely Patches The Old. It Is Through A Meditative Mind That Dissolves The Distinction Between Oneself And The World That Life Takes On Meaning And The Beauty Of The Heavens And The Earth Is Constant . Krishnamurti Says, Simply: When You Are Not, Love Is. Seeing, He Declares, Is The Greatest Of Skills. In These Pages, Gently, He Helps Us To Open Our Hearts And Our Eyes.
This Reader Introduces To A Wide Public One Of The Most Extraordinary And Profoundly Influential Teachers Of The Twentieth Century. Krishnamurti Was Educated By Annie Besant To Be The World Teacher And The Salvation Of The Nations; He Rejected This Messianic Role, Announcing That He Did Not Seek Disciples, But His Gentle, Simple And Human Example Inspired Aldous Huxley And Continues To Influence Seekers After Truth In Our Own Day. Krishnamurti Did Not Have A Philosophy . Rather, He Hoped To Liberate People From All Systems From The Bonds Of Ideology And Received Opinion As Well As From Organized Religion, From The Tyranny Of The Mind And The Tyranny Of The Body. His Message, Addressed Directly To Every Individual, Is One Of Unity And Wholeness, Of Total Understanding And Total Love. As The Observer Said Of One Of His Books, For Those Who Wish To Listen, It Will Have A Value Beyond Words.'
My Teaching, If That Is The Word You Want To Use, Has No Copyright. You Are Free To Reproduce, Distribute, Interpret, Misinterpret, Distort, Garble, Do What You Like, Even Claim Authorship, Without My Consent Or The Permission Of Anybody. Thus Spoke U.G. Krishnamurti In His Uniquely Iconoclastic And Subversive Way, Distancing Himself From Gurus, Spiritual Advisers , Mystics, Sages, Enlightened Philosophers Et Al. Ug S Only Advice Was That People Should Throw Away Their Crutches And Free Themselves From The Stranglehold Of Cultural Conditioning. Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti Was Born On 9 July 1918 In Masulipatnam, A Coastal Town In Andhra Pradesh. He Died On 22 March 2007 At The Age Of Eighty-Nine In Vallecrosia, Italy, At The Villa Of A Friend. The Effect That He Had, And Will Continue To Have, On Legions Of His Admirers Is Difficult To Put Into Words. With His Flowing Silvery Hair, Deep-Set Eyes And Elongated Buddha-Like Ears, He Was An Explosive Yet Cleansing Presence And Has Been Variously Described As A Wild Flower Of The Earth , A Bird In Constant Flight , An Anti-Guru And A Cosmic Naxalite . Ug Gave No Lectures Or Discourses And Had No Organization Or Fixed Address, But He Travelled All Over The World To Meet People Who Flocked To Listen To His Anti-Teaching . His Language Was Always Uncompromisingly Simple And Unadorned, His Conversational Style Informal, Intimate, Blasphemous And Invigorating. This Reader, Edited By Long-Time Friend And Admirer Mukunda Rao, Is A Compilation Of Ug S Freewheeling And Radical Utterances And Ideas. Ug Unceasingly Questioned And Demolished The Very Foundations Of Human Thought But, As Rao Says, In The Cathartic Laughter Or The Silence After Ug Had Spoken, There Was A Profound Sense Of Freedom From Illusory Goals And The Tyranny Of Knowledge, Beauty, Goodness, Truth And God .
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was an independent spiritual teacher for the rest of his life, writing many books such as Krishnamurti Reader: No. 1, You are the World, Commentaries on living;: First series, from the notebooks of J. Krishnamurti. Mary Lutyens (1908-1999) was a British author best known for her three-volume biography of Jiddu Krishnamurti; the other volumes in this series are Krishnamurti: The Years of Fulfilment and Krishnamurti: The Open Door. She wrote in the Foreword to this 1975 book, "This account of the life of the first thirty-eight years of Krishnamurti's life has been written at his suggestion and with all the help he has been able to give me. it shows the circumstances of the unfolding of Krishnamurti's teaching and demonstrates his extraordinary achievement in freeing himself from the many hands that clutched at him in an endeavour to force him into the role of traditional Messiah." He told his audience, "I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect... I do not want to belong to any organization of a spiritual kind; please understand this." Lutyens' sympathetic, yet detailed and critical biography is "must reading" for anyone wanting to know more about Krishnamurti.