Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Jason Maung Maung - Personal Profile

Jason Maung Maung
Jason Maung Maung
Birthday: August 17
Member since: Thu, 16 Jul 2009, 2:49am
Last visited 9 years ago

Member Statement

I was born in Pyin Oo Lwin, a beautiful hill station in Myanmar. I am the seventh of eight children of my parents and their only son. When I was nine my father lost his job and consequently we had to undergo a lot of hardship. At the age of nineteen I passed my matriculation exam (tenth standard) and, not being able to go to college, I started to work as a primary school teacher.

By then, I had lost faith in all religion, especially the one I was born into-Islam. Perhaps the harsh and deprived life of my childhood had left deep scars in my psyche, I became a drifter with no aims and became addicted to sex.

Then at the age of 26, I got married. My income was very meagre and when my first son was born in 1973, I was in a financial strait. The economy of our country was in a very bad state due to mismanagement of the socialist government then in power. I decided to quit teaching and go into business. Black market was the only business then in Myanmar and I soon became disillusioned. Somehow, I didn't feel like dealing with the corrupt authorities and I gave up the small business I had established.

Fortunately, my wife got a job and the whole family relied on her income. I stayed jobless for four years, and I spent most of my time reading in Ramakrishna Library. There I regained interest in spiritual matters and read a lot on the subject.

Then I decided to take control of my life again. I started teaching English. Gradually I started earning a decent income. By then I had three children - two sons and one daughter.

Then in 1990, I got this job at the Embassy of Japan. The salary offered was fabulous by our standard, so I stopped teaching and started my new job. Life for me and my family became much better and easy. But I found that deep inside me I had this thirst for spiritual things. I started my quest in earnest. I had tried different religions, I had been to many gurus, I read books on philosophy but still I was not satisfied. Then I found Buddhism and started to practice "Vipasana" Meditation. I must confess that, it gave me a lot of satisfaction.

Then, a few years ago, I came across some of the works of Krishnamurti and I was deeply moved. Here was something I was unconsciously waiting for. Every word I read gave me deep satisfaction.
Somehow I felt, that Krishnamurti's teaching was the essence of what Lord Buddha had taught.

In 2005, I started a preschool for children between 2 to 5. The school is doing fine but I am running it a loss because the environment I wanted to provide for the children of the school is quite high compared to the fee I can demand in that middle-class locality where the school is.

Interview Answers

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

Yes, it has certainly had a great and perceptible effect both on my life and my relationships. For the first time in my life I've been able to look inside me uninterrupted for as long as one hour - the attachments, the conditioning, the greed and above all the fear that lay at the very core of my being.

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

Yes, it has certainly had a great and perceptible effect both on my life and my relationships.

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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 think it is my duty to introduce Krishnamurti and his teachings to people I know, and I have done that on several occasions. Ours is a Buddhist country and people are really interested. Krishnamurti's teaching is the essence of Buddhism. But language is a barrier because very few can speak English.

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

I think he didn't approve of organization very much. But I think we need a good organization to disseminate his teachings. The world we live in is in dire need of his message.

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

Sure it has a profound meaning. All my life I was hiding from myself and was indulging in wishful thinking. The teaching has forced me to critically evaluate my life in a new light. I don't claim I have totally succeeded but I think I am on my way.

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

I think it should come about spontaneously, unprompted.

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

To be frank, I still don't have much experience in group dialogue.

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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?

It would be a great pity and a great misfortune for the world if Krishnamurti's works gradually died away. As people become more and more educated and the clutch of organized religions get weaker Krishnamurti's work will surely grow in importance. We need selfless people to keep the teachings alive.

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

We must doubt all our unexamined beliefs and prejudices. But once we have seen through them and have come to realize why we hold certain beliefs, what are the forces motivating us then the doubt disappears. In investigating Krishnamurti's proposals I think it is very important to understand what he really wants to say and then to meditate on it. Sometimes I find myself reading several times a single passage before I could finally say I have understood it. And then it takes several days to really see it clearly. Once I have digested it I find that there remains no room for any doubt.

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

Krishnamurti's teachings do not condition; in fact they release us from all conditioning.

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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?

Krishnamurti wants people to be free and responsible people. He leaves no room for cowardice and prejudice. His teachings can free people from the tyranny of ego and make people truly alive and compassionate.

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

I think the transformation he spoke of is accessible by all those who are aware of the plight we are in and who are honest with themselves.

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

Through personal study.

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

It is very practicable as it is.

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Prasanna P wrote:
Sun, 16 Aug 2009, 7:31am

Happy Birth Day on the 17th August.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2013, 2:48am

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