J Krishnamurti Public Talk In Conversation with Four students 1 of 4
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: December 2008
Duration: 0 hours 58 minutes
In this the first of four conversations between J. Krishnamurti and four students from very varied backgrounds, he begins by asking each of some penetrating questions about the background, their family life. The four students are from France, the Phillippines, India and Argentina so, as he says, we're looking at four different nationalities, four different backgrounds, four different kinds of conditioning - and as becomes clear later in the discussion conditioning is the key theme. Because background does condition your thinking, at least partly - and it also shapes your way of life. At first the students struggle to answer and begin with phrases such as "'I'd like to think I had a happy childhood'. J. Krishnamurti seizes on this as an illustration of the kind of thinking he hopes to avoid: "'Not "'like to think', but actually. That's why let's understand each other right from the beginning. It is better to deal with facts as they are - right? Not imagined, romanticised, hope, or say "'I thought it was like that', but actually, factually, so that we can go from fact to fact - you follow? Not bring any kind of imagination and fantasies and so on. Would that be all right?'.He goes on to say that unless you are very clear what your background, all the back as far as you can remember, you get caught in a pattern. He asks not only about the family background but also their financial background, their relationship with society... "'What was your relationship to the whole of life, to the trees, to the grass, to the flowers and your parents?' Once this is established J. Krishnamurti leads the four students through ever deeper, more penetrating questions that go to the heart of the nature of humanity.
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.