Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Ray Drew
Ray Drew
Australia
Birthday: November 11
Url: http://www.raydrew.net
Member since: Tue, 08 Sep 2009, 2:29am
Last visited almost 8 years ago

Member Statement

As a wildlife photographer and writer, I am constantly confronted by the fact of cruelty to wildlife in my region and their disappearing habitat, The basic reason for it is that fact that everywhere, man tries to remove himself from nature and from his fellow animals. He tries to live in a virtual world of thought and he attempts to suppress or even destroy the living. We need to link up with friends sensitive to life and embracing here and now awareness. K's message is even more relevant in these destructive days.

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Books

All of K's later books. Writing the Natural Way by Rico

Interview Answers

If you had to sum up what Krishnamurti is all about in just a few words of your own, what would they be?

Insight into the process of thought and society/civilisation.

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Do you think it is possible to make Krishnamurti more "practicable" than what he himself seems to have allowed for?

No. Others have attempted to create 'practical' methods of 'awareness' in order to 'achieve' transcendence. Soon the mind is drawn into yet another system and loses creative freshness. As Krishnamurti has said, 'truth is a pathless land'.

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How do you personally go about exploring the Krishnamurti's teachings (through personal study, dialogues, dvds)?

I have been reading K since 1960. I find that after reading his work intensely, it is often good to allow the words to 'incubate' for several years. It is vitally important to see life with one's own eyes, and not just quote K verbatim, because then his teachings are merely followed as an ideology. When K spoke, he spoke creatively, from the moment, not as a lecturer, repeating a rehearsed speech does. We have to live that way, creatively, freshly, perceptively. In a sense we have to throw the teachings away and look at life afresh.

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Do you think Krishnamurti was exceptional, or is the transformation he spoke of universally accessible?

Having seen K, and heard him speak, I have no doubt he was exceptional. I have to admit I have never seen his like. However, the transformation he spoke is universally accessible. We spend out time trying to avoid that which lies beyond thought. Life is always here and has never gone away. Having said that, the entire civilised structure is designed to avoid clear seeing. That which K spoke of and we must indeed look directly and 'pathlessly' at what is without conformity or fear. These days there is enormous social pressure on us not to see the real.

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