J Krishnamurti Padre Pio
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: December 2008
Duration: 1 hours 43 minutes
A conversation between Mary Zimbalist and Krishnaji, suggested by Krishnaji after a letter was received from a Mr. Geoffrey Nicoletti of Philadelphia, who wrote at some length trying to reconcile the teachings of Krishnamurti with his own understanding of the life and significance of Padre Pio. Krishnaji suggested that instead of dictating a reply to the letter that I read it very thoroughly and then question him from the point of view of the letter and see what comes out of it. Mr Nicoletti has studied carefully the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and is also deeply affected by the life of Padre Pio, what he exemplified and his religious significance. He is therefore wrestling with on the one hand Padre Pio'smystical expression of a Catholic point of view alongside that of Krishnamurti which denies faith, denies any effort through prayer, asceticism or any other way at all. This is quite unlike the Catholic church's two ways of reaching so called altered states: firstly by fasting, asceticism, denial, suppression and secondly the mystical way, which is defined, or is seen as God's, or whatever, using God as the easy way to explain it God's effort toward man. This is the starting point for a fascinating exploration of the commonalities and differences between these two ostensibly opposing philosophies.
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.