Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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John Burnett
John Burnett
Birthday: June 12
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What does it mean to believe. Imagine if we visited planet Zarg where the concept of belief did not evolve and there was no word to represent it. Hmmm how would one describe belief to a Zargian. Do we believe we are served by belief, and if so, does belief enable or disable us being observant, compassionate or intelligent.

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

Yes, it is clear that the quest to observe human consciousness be continued and not stagnate. However this will not be achieved by repeating the renditions, dialogues and writings of K wrestling with his own thoughts. K opened the door to viewing consciousness for the next generation to enter. Only when this next step is undertaken will a transformation in human consciousness be possible.

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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?

Why are many people obsessed by names. I do not personally know a person named Krishnamurti, however I read interesting information in many books that had the word Krishnamurti printed on the covers. Would the information be any different if the books covers had the word DoDo printed on them.

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

What is meant by living the teachings? Many believe 'living the teachings' is achieved by endlessly repeating the teachings, similar to repeating the Koran or Rosary. The teachings of Krishnamurti are based on the capacity for meta cognition, as observation.

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

Yes, not all people are born with or evolve a Self-image they identify with, as being themselves. By deconstructing his work it becomes evident that K was consumed by the problems of Self image within his own mind, in the earlier part of this life. His explanations help those who are not consumed by a Self image to better understand those who are consumed by Self image.

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

No but he sometimes evades questions or wanders away from points that many have expressed difficulty with. Some friends accuse me of doing the same so I empathise with him.

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

What is the difference between conversation, discussion and dialogue. Could the presidential debate be described as dialogue. The word dialogue is mostly associated with theatrical performance as 'staged dialogue' which is crafted to appear spontaneous. Australia's Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) is an excellent performer of what appears to be spontaneous dialogue. Many followers of K don't realise or appreciate he was a humorous skilled dialogue performer, which is an ironic paradox considering the seriousness of the material.

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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?

A man of circumstance.

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

Yes, the expression he represented was of it's time which is the irony of questioning time psychologically and in physics.

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

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

It appears no systematic deconstruction of the work has been undertaken therefore it is unknown how much of the written material is original. The word Krishnamurti could be better used as a pseudonym to embody the concepts. The many hundreds of hours of recorded dialogues (conversations) are the most reveling (in comparison to the written material) as to the nature of the work, particularly when dealing with the more difficult and complex questions.

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

Subtle is not a word that comes to mind in reference to the K material. I cringe whenever I hear the word "dialogue" particularly when K followers compete in how cleaver they are when repeating and apeing K material.

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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 core body of the K work appears to have gone into limbo. Hopefully 200 years from now the material will be rediscovered by a new generation who will take it to the next level and humanity may transform.

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

Yes in the same way all scientific understanding evolves. That is, during any unfolding of new discoveries, confusion and uncertainty is part of the process. Only afterward does a clear and precise understanding become available. One only has to look at how the Theory of Evolution was resolved and later clarified to understand this.

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