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Commentaries on Living: First Series
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Commentaries on Living: First Series

by J Krishnamurti
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Publisher Penguin Ananda
Synopsis The essential message of J. Krishnamurti, revered philosopher and spiritual teacher, challenges the limits of ordinary thought. In talks to audiences worldwide, he pointed out the tangled net of ideas, organizational beliefs and psychological mindsets in which humanity is caught, and that truth-the understanding of what is-not effort is the key factor of human liberation. Commentaries on Living, a three-volume series, records Krishnamurti's meetings with individual seekers of truth from all walks of life. In these dialogues, he reveals the thought-centred roots of human sorrow and comments on the struggles and issues common to those who strive to break the boundaries of personality and self-limitation. In over fifty essays in each volume, Krishnamurti explores topics as diverse as knowledge, truth, fulfillment, meditation, love, effort, seeking life and death and education. The series invites readers to take a 'voyage on an unchartered sea' with Krishnamurti in his exploration of the conditioning of the mind and its freedom.

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About the author J. Krishnamurti (1895–1986) was born in Madanapalle, a small town west of Chennai, to Brahmin parents. In 1909, at the age of fourteen, he was proclaimed as a saviour and subsequently taken to England by Annie Besant. There, he was educated privately and groomed for the role of World Teacher. In 1929, however, he rejected the mantle and disbanded the organization of which he was the head, declaring that he did not want disciples, thereby unleashing a storm of controversy. A gentle, unassuming teacher, over the next half-century Krishnamurti would travel the world giving public talks and private interviews, inspiring the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru, Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw and the Dalai Lama. The essence of his teaching is that only through a complete change of heart in the individual can there come about a change in society and so peace to the world. He believed that this radical change could take place in every individual, not gradually but instantaneously. He helps us to see ourselves as we really are, for it is in seeing with absolute clarity that the inward revolution takes place.
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Ananda
  • Pages: 304
  • Binding: PaperBack
  • ISBN: 9780144001514
  • Category: Self Help & Inspiration
  • Related Category: Philosophy
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