J Krishnamurti Madras January 3rd 1984 7.30 am1st Krishnamurti Madras 3rd jan 1984 7.30 a
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: December 2008
Duration: 1 hours 24 minutes
In this the first of a series of question and answer sessions in Madras, J. Krishnamurti begins by pointing out that it is worth asking why we put questions at all and goes on the say that to have any chance of finding the right answer one cannot have prejudices or convictions. With that in mind, he asks the audience not to expect him to provide all the answers, but rather to investigate the questions together. In exploring the questions we find that the answer is there - not outside the question. In response to the very first question, J. Krishnamurti asks another, deeper, question: "Why do we have ideals at all?' and then goes on to look into the nature of crisises and how we face them. We need to have the freedom to look at the problem, not merely its resolution.
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.