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Stephen Smalley
Stephen Smalley
United States
Birthday: October 1
Url: http://jkrishnamurti.ning.com/profile­/StephenSmalley
Member since: Sun, 07 Jun 2009, 3:40pm
Last visited 3 years ago

Member Statement

I would like to visit with those who are interested in learning about themselves in concert with me, if that is at all possible.

Interests and Recommendations

Music

The Coffeehouse satellite radio station.

Other interests

poetry.com

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?

Krishnamurti seems to be unique in the quality of the inner life he led. It is hard to find any contradiction between him and his teachings. There is something deeply revolutionary about the man.

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

Primarily online. Daily life.

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

He was exceptional because he insisted upon - even demanded - a universal transformation, devoting his whole life to making it accessible.

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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?

Not without feedback indicating some independent understanding of him. If someone shows an interest in a truth that Krishnamurti also touched on, then I think it may be appropriate to share insights from the teachings in reference to something being looked at together, in order to add a new angle or depth to the process.

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

Very, despite the fact one is exposed to the danger of personal identification and all that. A great teaching tool!

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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 don't understand the question, but if you are hinting that certain things he said should be ignored in the name of expediency then I do not agree, even though I do think he would allow for a tremendous degree of flexibility in how we go about the investigation of the teachings.

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

I sometimes wonder if anyone really got it.

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

You keep doubt in reserve, at the ready, as a check upon the excesses of enthusiasm, whether positive or negative, in any direction. And you remember the question is how do you actually dispense doubt, not how one should do so. If you are always slamming on the brakes you must not be paying attention in the first place! I think you need to ask yourself too, when does doubt become fear?

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

Absolutely.

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

What is the sense of organizing dialogue if sincere inquiry only comes about spontaneously, unprompted? Is that the question? I suppose you organize it to allow for that inpromptu spontaneity.

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

Would the effect not be conditional upon the perception of the observer?

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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 cannot foresee what importance will be given to them, but I see Krishnamurti's works as a bedrock of truth that is necessary to access and understand in order to resolve critical and recurring problems in the world.

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

As a reminder that the teachings are meant to point to a different way of living and so is one being a hypocrite.

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