Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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

Tremendously yes.I started reading K's teachings at the age of 16 or so. Then I had fear,anger,sexual desire or some thing or other all the time.I was also deeply discontented and was suffering badly without any apparent reason.Now I am 48 and I do not have anything in life!But I don't have any of those emotions. From time to time I have peace in my heart.This comes into being when I read something by K,listen to him or when I watch myself carefully.Basically with attention.But I do not know whether there will be fear and so on under different circumstances.I still read K daily to understand this deeply.As for relationship a lot of people are in conflict with me!! However I don't suffer by this.Sometimes it disturbs me so this means the self image is coming up still.
I never saw nature as anythig to look at even years after reading K. Now sometimes nature is so enchanting that I feel the whole meaning of life is just looking around.
Without having anything at all in life now I consider myself to be a very lucky human being although I have not been able to awaken this love K talked about or seen truth.I still thank my friend who introduced me to K whenever I meet him!
I am inquiring now to see whether this love can come in to being.

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

Very important I think.You can't be in a dialogue without listening intently and listening and observing are the key factors of understanding.

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

K talked about a way of living without conflict. It is 'THE WAY OF LIVING really'. It is the resolution to all the human maladies in the world.

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

No.However I think I went through this.K says no effort. For his teaching is abolition of the self-so the will.So effort when exercised activates the will as effort is will.He also says 'How' implies a system which narrows and dulls the mind.
Now in a discussion we may object to words 'effort'and 'How' etc.However it is possible the word 'effort' is used to mean interest and 'How' just to inquire.If we don't go beyond the words and see the meaning-what is really meant, the context and so on and react to these words then it's a reaction due to having read K.Thus a conditioned response due to reading K.
So I remain vigilant to see whether I am using K's teachings without real understanding which then becomes a conditioned response.

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

Through observing myself-,reading K's books,dvds.Through dialogues also whenever the opportunity arises.

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

I think it is we who are not practical to anywhere near the level he was!

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

Oh yes indeed. I think this teaching can give birth to a wholly different way of viewing life.This has tremendous meaning and impact to life I think.It must be lived.

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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 think this is the greatest favour a human being can do to another.Some showed great interest.One gentleman wanted to translate a book into turkish for his countryman.One or two managed to sort out their psychiatric problems.

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

I never try to reach any conclusion or find an answer.I just stay with it,observe and so on and let it unravel and throw clarity.Then there is certainty with regard to the issue and if there is uncertainty at any point I stay with that uncertainty.If you are ever affirmative in this you end up in a pitfall.

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

You can sit to inquire or meet with a group to inquire.That needs planning.The inquiry itself cannot be organized.You can take up a topic but from there onwards it must be allowed to unravel.

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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?

It is difficult for me to see what the future holds with regard to K's work.I noticed that in one school I visited in India they were already introducing awareness of breathing(anapana sathi)as meditation to students!Another place was having a vipassana course!So this is tremendous decline already.And Krishnamurti is taboo here with most people.However this doesn't mean things cannot change for the better.All it takes is a few people who sees the teachings.

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

It is nearly impossible to say he was not exceptional considering the circumstances of his early years-the fact that he was chosen as a messiah and the building up of that organization Order Of The Star around him.The fact that he fulfilled the expectation which has a near zero probability of occurrence in the world even given a lengthy period of 1000years speaks for the fact that he was exceptional-at least the circumstances under which he underwent changes were highly exceptional to say the least.
The transformation he spoke of may not be universally accessible.However I may be wrong here. I think the transformation is only accessible to those who can understand the limits of thought-the effective purview of thought's skill, so to say.Also discontentment is vital which may be due to an innate sense that all things are transient.Both these conditions may be a question of intelligence.Further to this if the person :
1.pursues the teachings ceaselessly,
2.has not abused and does not abuse the body with drugs or intoxicants,
3.doesn't indulge in sex excessively,
4.takes the right food(i think sensitive qualities such as peace may not be possible if we take the incorrect food and the brain becomes hyper-active.The food must be conducive for the brain to calm down I presume.)
then to such a person this may be accessible as far as I can make out.

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

I have found pursuing K's teaching's and functioning freely in society difficult.However I don't think this to be a fault of the teachings.This must be so I think as the society is constructed on values the teachings seek to(I hope my expression is correct)dismantle.
The teachings seem to be very difficult to come upon.However I have found to-date in my inquiry every nuance of it to stand true.

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3 Comments

Fri, 03 Sep 2010, 9:52am

Nice interview.I think people at your place have missed it.
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Tue, 24 Apr 2012, 6:36am

long time!
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