J krishnamurti Iris Murdoch 2 of 2
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: December 2011
Duration: 0 hours 38 minutes
In the second talk with the late literary novelist Iris Murdoch, J. Krishnamurti encounters another brilliant mind - but one quite different from the scientists and philosophers with whom he more usually debates. In his inimitable style, he begins by putting the intellectual ball in Iris Murdoch's court. She replies by saying that she is struggling to formulate a fundamental question. This is that she thinks J. Krishnamurti feels that the idea of duty is fundamental in most moral systems. Despite the fact the philosophers argue the point, it is there for all to see. J. Krishnamurti replies that he feels 'responsibility' is a better word than 'duty' because, 'responsibility implies care, affection, a sense of communication with the other person, not doing something because you are obliged to do, or disciplined to do, or told to do, but be responsible. If I undertake to build a house, I am responsible for building a house. If I am responsible for my children, I would be responsible completely, not only until they pass out of my house, but I would see that they live properly, brought up, no killing, you follow?' As Iris Murdoch rightly sums this up, there is no limit to responsibility.. The two continue in this vein, constantly raising deeper, more challenging questions and refining them, almost as if they're whittling down the bulk of worldly thought to carve out the inner kernel of truth
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.