Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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malcolm scott-wilson
malcolm scott-wilson
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Don Genaro in "Journey to Ixtlan recounts the story of his encounter with the "ally" and his subsequent inability to return to his home town and see it as it was before. I always took this to be an allegory to illustrate the power of truth to change perception. I came across "Commentaries on living" in a book shop in Hay on Wye nearly thirty years ago and that encounter had a somewhat similar effect. The bridge is cut and there is no way back. You are on your own!

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

K's talks were obviously "organised " to a certain extent yet the content was always spontaneous.

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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?

Better to air some of his observations without mentioning the name! Didn't Sidney Field claim that K considered changing his name to Christopher O'Murphy?

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

Somebody said somewhere "Keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out"

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

Probably, but whether for better or worse is hard to decide! If increased conflict is good then it must be for the better I suppose!

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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?

In science, truth has a way of condensing out from all the pseudo science and becoming mainstream so perhaps it is the same with K's teachings. The logic and purity of them will, hopefully, carry them through the fogs of new age hogwash and speculative mysticism to find a similar place in the canon.

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

The teachings? No. Possibly a little by paying too much attention to trying to discover the man behind the teachings, but then I suppose we are all curious in that way.

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

Periods of reading followed by long periods of lying fallow, when one feels too full and confused to take any more for a while! Some kind of meditating on whatever is going on around one seems pretty constant, and I probably bore my nearest and dearest by externalising some inner flight of enquiry or observation that suddenly strikes me. It certainly seems that the more you know, the further there is to go! A weary business, but one is compelled to keep going!

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

I never had any really. Mostly just spontaneous conversations with whomever happens to be around. I certainly found K's dialogues with David Bohm particularly interesting among others.

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

There are certainly observations that he makes, especially in the notebooks and commentaries that require looking into and examining, but more from the point of examining ones own ideas of what is acceptable. The teachings them selves seem pretty watertight to me and there is always something new in there even though one may have read it many times before.

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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?

Truth liberates. The only tool we have is to study the false.

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

I have no idea. If its not possible then it really is the end of the line, just a question of when.

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

Recently I have been reading some of his very early stuff and though the language is different the core of it is there. It has just been honed and trimmed finally resulting in the austere purity of his latest work. To me, his teachings were always profoundly practical, dealing with the real world and avoiding any metaphysical abstractions.

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

One is only aware of how one is NOT living the teachings!

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