J Krishnamurti Amsterdam Fourth Public Talk On 11th May 1969
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: December 2008
Duration: 1 hours 21 minutes
J. Krishnamurti begins by musing on the question why human beings throughout the world lack passion. He says that they "'lust after power, position and various forms of entertainment - sexual, religious and other forms of lustful cravings. But apparently one has not that deep passion which dedicates itself to the understanding of the whole process of living.'. He then announces that he and the young people are about to go into this question of what is the total understanding of the whole business of living loving and dying. He begins by stating that to even address this we must "'enquire into this process of consciousness, both the surface and the deep layers of one's own mind. But also one has to enquire what is order - not only outwardly, in society, but also one has to ask oneself what is order within.' Part of our problem, it seems is that we view life in a fragmented fashion. It is this that makes us so individualistic or collective, selfcentred, or identifying oneself with something greater and yet remain separate. It is this deep, abiding division in consciousness, in the whole structure and nature of our being that makes for division in our activities, in our thoughts, in our feelings, and so we divide life in the actual living, that thing called loving and dying. This is just the beginning of another deeply thoughtprovoking journey into the nature of mankind and of life itself.
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.