J Krishnamurti Public Talk In Conversation with Four Students 3 of 4
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: December 2008
Duration: 1 hours 0 minutes
In the third of four talks with four students from France, The Phillippines, India and Argentina he recaps the main thrust of the previous talk, which was our relationship to what is happening in the world. By this he means terror, terrorism and every other form of slaughter of innocent people. He refers to the troubles in Bangladesh, Beirut, The Falklands - and even to US President Reagan's 'Star Wars' project. Then he asks the students what is their reaction to all this - to these national, economic and racial divisions. The general feeling seems to be that they try and keep away from it; not to discriminate on the basis of where people come from and not to contribute to 'the mess'. But J. Krishnamurti pushes them further, asking what they are going to do about all this bombing, this killing, the wars. Aside from the fact that when you pay for your air ticket home your money contributes to the arms industry, he asks if they really will do it. Whether they really will say 'I will not be violent' and mean it. He goes on to explain how this relates to the remainder of the discussion: 'No, I am asking you, will you take the responsibility, seriously, passionately, and say, let's go into the question of violence and I will see I will not be violent, and therefore you will not elect a violent leader - right? - a politician - that is what has happened the world over. Therefore I am asking you as human beings, will you stop your own violence?'
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.