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Derick J.
Derick J.
United States
Birthday: May 30
Member since: Fri, 29 Jan 2010, 4:41pm
Last visited 8 years ago

Member Statement

I first read JK as a young man of maybe twenty. I liked what he said but passed them by because of preocupations like the party life, drugs, but mostly because of confusion caused by religion. I think if it was'nt for religion(organized religion) I would have understood what JK was saying back then and saved myself as well as the rest of the cosmos alot of conflict. But better late than never as the saying goes. Jk renounced the position given to him as world teacher out of humility, I suppose, but to me he is the greatest way shower I've ever encountered. Today as a result of reading and listening to this gentleman(gentle man) I have no Gods, no myths, no beliefs, no fear of death. The last frontier to overcome now is financial calamity but I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And so I say ,in conclusion, to the whole community of truth seekers that I seek total freedom for both myself and everyone and dedicated my whole life to that. Sad to say though it looks like the great, great, great majority of mankind does not understand Krishnamurti.

Interests and Recommendations

Books

The Shakespeare Code by Virginia M. Fellows, The Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Movies

Blind Faith,Scarface,Star Wars

Music

Blue Danube waltz by Strauss, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, Give it Up or Turn it Loose by James Brown, Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix

Other interests

Playing and writing music by ear, bike riding, watching movies

Interview Answers

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

I no longer seek the approval of anyone. I no longer desire to be respected, but this of course does not mean that I don't apply the better conventions of politeness, geniality, kindness, and honesty etc.

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

Well now, it seems to me that when the word "organized" comes into play, all freshness is lost and there is no chance of truth being availed. This is why organized religion is one of the biggest enemies confronting the planet. Oranization deals with a certain set of variables, but the variables change every moment. Therefore organization is in the past and cannot be juxtaposed with spontanaity.

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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?

The people I know right now just are not ready for Krishnamurti. They are too old. The older they are the more they are not ready. The teachings of Krishnamurti are too royal to be refused. So I excercise descrimination as far as whom I approach with it. Generally, I try to set a good example and hope for the sake of others that someone will question me, thereby, creating a point of entry as to facilitate dialogue. I much prefer the company of the younger members of society whose mental pliability is still intact.

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

Freinds, if I am an employer seeking a foreman to manage a project on a contract for my client, but contractual obligations allow me many months before the work starts, I have enough latitude to question the applicant or applicants for a long period of time if I wish. The employer has the luxiary of basking in this state of doubt in this interum period. But, as the weeks and months wind their way down, doubt in the form of questioning must abate as a decision must be made. Consequently, the deviding line between doubt and practicality is the big issue. As long as it is practical to be doubtful I would say be doubtful. But when the right time comes hire the best applicant and give on the job training. But, you know what? Let's try this approach! We always have doubt. Right married gentlemen? We say we trust our wives, but if we are really honest with ourselves, don't many of us have atleast a little bit of doubt about what our wives may be up to when we are away from them? We do generally trust our children but are we completely sure the are not being delinquint in our abscence.. Do we not,all of us, in any given situation not have reason for doubt. Consequently doubt is always there. Nonetheless there comes a time when doubt must be cast aside for the sake of progress. Yes, doubt being in the realm of time because it springs from thought must eventually be overcome by meditation which never doubts. .

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