Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Donato D.
Donato D.
Member since: Sat, 23 Jun 2012, 10:51am
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I don't feel anything valuable to be shared, I have no beilieves and I think that what I can think has no importance.

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J. K.: The first and last freedom V.S. Naipaul: An area of darkness - India: a wounded civilization

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

I've been reading a lot in the past and also watched videos and listened to audio tapes, that is necessary I think. I also partecipated to meetings and forum.
Nowadays I like to focus more on what I'm doing and thinking from moment to moment. K. teachings have no sense unless you realate them with your life.

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

I'm rather sceptical about dialogues concerning K. teachings.
Unless there is a spontaneous and sincere relationship of friendship and one feels a real necessity for enquiring, very often these dialogues lead to more confusion.
I've often felt an artificial atmosphere both in dialogues on line and live dialogues.

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

Yes, a huge and unbalancing effect.
For "unbalancing" I mean that it upset all my prievious values and ways of looking at life and society.
Therefore I welcome this unbalancing effect.

That is - ofcourse - only a partial aspect of the whole story. But you cannot expect to say more here, can you?

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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?

An impossible task!

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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?

This question is too general and so it cannot be adressed as such. The people I know range from the postman to my relatives and close friends. With most of them I can only speach about the weather or similar topics... (:-)
To talk about K., as about any other serious topic, may come spontaneoulsy when there is a precise request from the person interested.

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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?

None can foresee objectively what will happen in the future, but seeing the actual trend of our society, the orientation of the universal consciousness and what the people who have these teachings in custody are doing I am rather pessimistic.

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

No aspect of the teachings is implausible, at least for me, but of course our ego doesn't want to commit suicide and we are so good for finding excuses and justfications for our lack of understanding.

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

Why do you talk about "ready acceptance"? That sounds as a silly expression to my ears. This question has no meaning: either you see the necessity to investigate K.'s proposals or if you don't this site is not the place for you.

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

This is a very dangerous question which was raised a lot of times when K. was alive. It's not what we think that has importance or meaning but to decide whether you are satisfied with your life and with human consciousness. Do we have choice?

This - I think - is a lazy question similar to that which is well known in Zen: "Can dogs reach enlightment"?
Why one should ask such a question? This is just playing with ideas. The answer the Zen master gave was: "What matters is wether you will reach enlightment..."

If K. was exceptional than we have no possibility as "common" human beings. How comfortable is this excuse!

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

At one level - if we can use this word - it has meaning. One needs to keep in mind K.'s challenges and see if they can be faced in every day life. But at another level I think one is bound to forget K. and focus on the many challenges which one always meet in life. We may forget K. altogether but we cannot forget life: it spares no one.

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

Ah! "Practicable"! Again it's a wrong word and a wrong question. Is life "practicable"? Come on, don't you see how you are loosing the real perspective here?
I'd like to know who chose these questions...
Perhaps the next released book will be: "Krishnamurti for dummies". (:-)

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

Yes, it happens, but luckily I was quick enough to understand that the conditioning was just a habit of my mind - no responsibility of K.

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

I've already answered this question in the second one of this series. May I ask a question which is related to this one: why so many people deleted their account after having answered all these questions or partecipated in the forum?
Did they leave an explanation?
Can we assume that they were disapponted by the dialogues here?

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