Amsterdam First Public Talk 14th May 1969
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: January 2008
Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes
In the first of five public talks in Amsterdam, J. Krishnamurti observes what is happening in the world: the students' riots, the class prejudices, the black against the white, the wars, the political confusion, tyrannies, bigger nations suppressing little nations, the division in nationalities, the religious divisions and the utter confusion. He points out that one is inwardly aware of the extraordinary conflict, struggle, the pain, the sorrow, the anxiety, the loneliness, the despair, the lack of love, the fear. Looking at all this, outwardly and inwardly, he wonders why we go on like this, why we accept the social morality, which is really quite immoral, the confusion in which one lives, the uncertainty, the endless wars to which man is committed, the national division, religious separation, and so on, why we accept this at all, why we accept the moral, social environment in which we live, knowing very well that is utterly immoral. The probing questions come thick and fast... Why do we accept an education system that turns out not human beings but mechanical entities trained to accept certain jobs and peter out, die? He concludes that education and religion have done nothing to solve the problems of mankind. This leads on to J. Krishnamurti's recurring theme - the question whether human beings can ever learn to live without conflict, live completely peacefully, and if so how can that be achieved? He goes on to explore the nature of verbal communication and the question how we can achieve a communion that brings about a greater understanding.
ABOUT J. KRISHNAMURTI
Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895-February 17, 1986) was a world renowned writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual subjects. His subject matter included: the purpose of meditation, human relationships, the nature of the mind, and how to enact positive change in global society.
Krishnamurti was born into a Telugu Brahmin family in what was then colonial India. In early adolescence, he had a chance encounter with prominent occultist and highranking theosophist C.W. Leadbeater in the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras (now Chennai). He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a vehicle for an expected World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the worldwide organization (the Order of the Star) established to support it. He claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world as an individual speaker, speaking to large and small groups, as well as with interested individuals. He authored a number of books, among them The First and Last Freedom, The Only Revolution, and Krishnamurti's Notebook. :" In addition, a large collection of his talks and discussions have been published. At age 90, he addressed the United Nations on the subject of peace and awareness, and was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal. His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at home in Ojai, California.
His supporters, working through several nonprofit foundations, oversee a number of independent schools centered on his views on education - in India, England and the United States - and continue to transcribe and distribute many of his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and other writings, publishing them in a variety of formats including print, audio, video and digital formats as well as online, in many languages.