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Freedom from the Known Kindle Edition
Born in poverty in India, Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) became a leading spiritual and philosophical thinker whose ideas continue to influence us today. George Bernard Shaw declared that he was the most beautiful human being he had ever seen and Aldous Huxley was one of his close friends. Whether debating politics with Nehru, discussing theories with Rupert Sheldrake and Iris Murdoch, or challenging his students not to take his words at face value, Krishnamurti engaged fully with every aspect of life. He is regarded by many modern religious figures as a great teacher, an extraordinary individual with revolutionary insights; Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra are all indebted to his writings.
Freedom from the Known is one of Krishnamurti's most accessible works. Here, he reveals how we can free ourselves radically and immediately from the tyranny of the expected. By changing ourselves, we can alter the structure of society and our relationships. The vital need for change and the recognition of its very possibility form an essential part of this important book's message.
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- ASIN : B003NX6Y6A
- Publisher : Ebury Digital (1 July 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 1065 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 136 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0060648082
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,005 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #3 in Philosophy eTextbooks
- #51 in Meditation (Books)
- #61 in Spirituality (Books)
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This is the perfect book.
I was looking for Truth for a long time, divided and lost, very very hurt. I was longing freedom, pure happiness, true love and peace. I did not understand who I am anymore, why am I here, what is happening to me and why, why, why. Why am I suffering? Why me? Why others? Reincarnation, heaven, day of judgment, different so-called religious books and enlightenment systems, so-called types of meditations, therapy, transmutations, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, inner child, constellations, systems, systems, methods, paths, experts, these new methods or old modifications everybody shouts about and all the rest of it made very little sense to me. Of course, it felt like I discovered something so new and it kept me busy for some time but as soon as I went through, it became meaningless and I was left again and again more confused and more hurt, more uncertain, and more lost. Separating myself from people around me was more suffering, getting closer was suffering again. What is right, what is wrong, and why. Why are we against each other? Why so much violence? Why living in continuous conflict? Is this living at all? What shall I do? Joining more groups, more programs, involving more in family affairs or going and living in mountains. What is the right action?
The moment I started to read this book everything changed, every page is so deep, exactly what is needed to enquire, to go deep at the very root of yourself. Understanding that no real change can happen at any level of the mind (nor conscious, subconscious or unconscious) is crucial. I don’t recommend you reading any book apart of the book of life you are now but if you are serious enough, and you are if you made it so far and if you are to go deep, to change fundamentally well this is the greatest start.
The way every word is written is like a light to everything I am not so I am. If you only can listen, if you just look for a moment everything lights up and is so clear. It’s almost a year since I bought this book, and with another Krishnamurti’s books and YouTube videos, with that enquire into the living book, life itself, there is a tremendous understanding that no words can describe. You don’t need to live your whole life hurt in misery, contradictions and confusion. You don’t need to wait for another life or spend years, or any time for a fundamental change. Because from that understanding love is and everything is so different: action, relationship, nature, the whole of you and I, is actually as it is. So, only then thought understands itself, not you telling it what it is, only then everything is in its right place, freedom is. And that freedom, the freedom is happiness or intelligence or love or truth, not the word but what actually is.
I like this slim volume because it slips easily into my bag and I am not a digital book reader. I can take it with me to places like the dentist and read something calming and spiritually uplifting in the waiting room while I am waiting to go in. There is a wonderful chapter on fear and ending fear (chapter 5) but the entire book is a product of Krishnamurti’s unique wisdom. The themes he commented on have been worked on by a great many spiritual teachers but Krishnamurti had his own unique way of answering the questions of the time and they are, for the most part, the same questions we are asking now, the only thing that has changed is our perception and how we answer those questions. A timeless classic.
It’s direct, confrontational, iconoclastic and immensely readable. Krishnamurti holds up a mirror and dares you to gaze into it. Will you?