Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Nathan Yeldell
Nathan Yeldell
Japan
Member since: Tue, 06 Oct 2009, 5:13am
Last visited 8 years ago

Member Statement

I have only read one of Krishnamurti's books - "Think on These Things." At times I feel inclined to read his other works, but at the same time I feel that it is unnecessary. Even if you change the topic or the question, while the words may change, the message remains the same.

I do not worship Krishnamurti, nor am I sure that I agree with everything he said. However I feel that it is very important to consider the things that he said. I also do not believe that his message was new or his discovery. I think that it has been conveyed before. With that said, I do feel that Krishnamurti did succeed in doing it very clearly.

I have plenty of interests aside from Krishnamurti as well. Feel free to leave me a message if you are curious.

Interests and Recommendations

Books

I read mostly Japanese novels lately. If you can read Japanese, ask me and I will give you some recommendations.

Movies

I enjoy movies of all kinds. From Stephen Chow and Jet Li's old films to Fellini's films, from Blue Velvet to I Heart Huckabees, the answer will change depending on the moment you ask. I can also recommend some Japanese films if you are interested.

Music

I enjoy music of all types. If you insist on listing some genres, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Funk, and Classical are all delightful. If you enjoy bass guitar, check out Victor Wooten's solo albums. If you enjoy trumpet, try some Arturo Sandoval. If you would like other recommendations, feel free to ask.

Other interests

I'm interested in everything at some point. Some interests that keep coming back again and again are Taijiquan, and various forms of creativity.

Interview Answers

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

There is nothing to practice. He asked the listener to "go into it." You either go into it, or you don't. Can it be made simpler than that?

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

Krishnamurti was a human being. He had no super powers, and none are required to do anything that he mentioned in the material that I have read.

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Do you think it advisable to introduce Krishnamurti to people you know? Have you ever done it and if yes, what are your experiences?

I see no problem with it. I also see no necessity to do so. The important thing is to consider the ideas that he discussed, whether that consideration arises from reading his works or not.

Yes, I have introduced him to people I know. I'm not quite sure what the point of writing about those experiences is. If for some reason it interests you, feel free to ask me directly.

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Has coming into contact with Krishnamurti and his teachings had any perceptible effect on your life and/or relationships?

If it had not, would I have come to this web site?

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Do you ever feel that you have been conditioned by Krishnamurti's teachings?

No.

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How important do you consider group dialogue to be in understanding the more subtle points of Krishnamurti's message?

Unnecessary. I do not feel that there is anything subtle about his message.

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

I enjoy reading or listening to his words; they are thought-provoking, but there is nothing to explore there. There is simply doing, and that doing requires no words.

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What future do you foresee for Krishnamurti's works? Do you think they will grow in importance or will they just gradually die away?

I don't know, and I don't really feel it to be an important question.

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Does the phrase "living the teachings" have any meaning to you?

No.

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Can dialogue - in the sense of sincere inquiry - be organized or can it only come about spontaneously, unprompted?

Perhaps I do not understand the question. Is dialogue not always prompted? Is it not a series of replies following the original statement or question? Yet does this make it organized? If each response is organized, then is not a script rather than a dialogue?

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Are there any aspects of Krishnamurti's teaching that you find implausible or difficult to accept?

Difficult to accept, no. Difficult to act upon, perhaps. This, however, has nothing to do with Krishnamurti's words.

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How do you strike a balance between healthy doubt and ready acceptance in investigating Krishnamurti's proposals?

I think if you sincerely go into it, the balance will come naturally.

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