Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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John Thorne
United States
Birthday: March 17
Member since: Sun, 06 Dec 2009, 8:59pm
Last visited almost 9 years ago

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I read all the "Commentaries on Living' in the 60's and was deeply effected by their insight and distillation of seemingly unrelated facets of life into interconnected pieces of a puzzle. I have also studied the I Ching since that time and consider it and Krishnamurti to be the main influences on my continuing struggle to think for myself!

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If you had to sum up what Krishnamurti is all about in just a few words of your own, what would they be?

You are the World.

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Do you think Krishnamurti was exceptional, or is the transformation he spoke of universally accessible?

If it were not accessible, I don't think he would have wasted his time talking about it.

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What future do you foresee for Krishnamurti's works? Do you think they will grow in importance or will they just gradually die away?

The truth he was speaking about will not die:

"If it's true, it doesn't matter who said it"

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Do you think it is possible to make Krishnamurti more "practicable" than what he himself seems to have allowed for?

Probably not. What passes as practicable is often just a way to continue well worn paths.

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How important do you consider group dialogue to be in understanding the more subtle points of Krishnamurti's message?

Krishnamurti would say we learn only in our relationships with one another.

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Do you think it advisable to introduce Krishnamurti to people you know? Have you ever done it and if yes, what are your experiences?

I have talked to others in the past about Krishnamurti, however I view it as mostly a personal experience. Others find him too abstract or whatever.

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Can dialogue - in the sense of sincere inquiry - be organized or can it only come about spontaneously, unprompted?

Organization implies imposing a structure. Not a very free and open format.

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Do you ever feel that you have been conditioned by Krishnamurti's teachings?

If I was conditioned to think for myself then thankfully, yes.

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How do you personally go about exploring the Krishnamurti's teachings (through personal study, dialogues, dvds)?

'Commentaries on Living'

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Are there any aspects of Krishnamurti's teaching that you find implausible or difficult to accept?

Oh well, its all rather difficult but not implausible.

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How do you strike a balance between healthy doubt and ready acceptance in investigating Krishnamurti's proposals?

Experiment, then move on. Try not to get grouchy when the experiment fails.

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Has coming into contact with Krishnamurti and his teachings had any perceptible effect on your life and/or relationships?

Since I haven't lived without Krishnamurti it's hard to say. His thoughts are radical and encouraged me to take chances and follow my own instincts.

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Does the phrase "living the teachings" have any meaning to you?

Not really, seems a bit trite, as if one were trying to be something rather than being oneself.

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