Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Eileen Wilkinson
Eileen Wilkinson
United States
Birthday: January 14
Member since: Mon, 22 Apr 2013, 3:57pm
Last visited 6 years ago

Member Statement

I first encountered Krishnamurti's teachings in 1977. While searching for meaning after the accidental drowning of my 7 yr-old son, I came upon a small book in the library,"The Urgency of Change" by J. Krishnamurti. I could only read a page or so at a time, because it spoke to me so profoundly, and I needed time to ponder it. I have read much more since then. When I am faced with a difficult decision or when I feel fearful, I think back to Krishnamurti's teachings and try to apply them before I move forward with any action. I have been looking for an opportunity to discuss his teachings with others, and am glad I found this forum.

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Mentoring youth, spending time with friends, walking and hiking, exploring other cultures.

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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 will only introduce Krishnamurti to people I think will be open to his teachings. This are people who are already searching for a spiritual understanding of the world. I can think of 3 people who were receptive and seemed to understand at least whichever book I loaned or gave to them. In one case, the person returned it to me and said it was too dense for them. I do sometimes share insights I have gained from Krishnamurti without necessarily giving the source.

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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?

We are all conditioned by our upbringing, and we are unaware of our unconscious bias in our worldview. To see things clearly, we have to set aside any ideologies of religion, nation, politics, etc. Each experience must be approached as new, despite our preconceived notions of how it will, or should, turn out. Only then can we see the reality of the situation. We see things most clearly when our minds are still. (This is easier said then done.)

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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 have applied his teachings in practical situations. I recall an instance when I was very anxious about an upcoming encounter. I remembered what he said about not trying to distract yourself from your fear, and I decided to just sit with it. I felt it as a strong pain in my gut, and when I paid attention to it, it got worse, but then suddenly stopped. I was no longer afraid. I have also practiced observing how I respond to people I see on the street, and trying to set aside any judgments I find my self making based on past experience.

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

Yes. I try to live the teachings every day in the way I approach my relationships with other people and my responses to things going on around me. Sometimes I am able to view things objectively, and sometimes my feelings jump up and get in my way. I try to get beyond my fears and insecurities and respond calmly and lovingly to situations in which I find myself.

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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. I think the world would be a better place if more people were attuned to Krishnamurti's teachings, but there sometimes seems to be more division in the world rather than less. I think the best we can do is try to live the teachings and share them with anyone who seems receptive. I don't know to what extent publicizing the existence of the Krishnamurti Foundations and centers would help. There are so many so-called spiritual teachers out there that it may only be by chance that someone breaks through the chatter to find Krishnamurti's teachings.

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

Not so far.

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

I'm not sure what you mean by organized. I do think that talks or other ways of introducing the teachings can spark dialogue, but a lot of people are caught up in arguing their own point of view, and I don't know if anyone but Krishnamurti himself can lead a dialogue the is free of ego. Several years ago, PBS aired a series of videos of conversations between Krishnamurti and David Bohm, which a good friend and I watched. It did lead to an open dialogue between us.

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

I don't experience it as conditioning. I believe that conditioning leads to close mindedness, whereas reading Krishnamurti helped to open my mind. Rather than conditioning, it led to looking within to examine the ways in which I am already conditioned by my upbringing and experience.

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

Up to this point, I have explored the teachings mostly through reading and attempts to apply the teachings in my everyday life. I have seen some videos and once visited the Krishnamurti Foundation center in Ojai for an evening dialogue. I live on the East Coast and have not found any group here to dialogue with, but I would like to.

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

Since Krishnamurti's writings and talks are so deep, I have to study a little at a time and hang out with the ideas for a while, go back and re-read them, and ponder them. I am looking for understanding what he is conveying rather than drawing conclusions. I don't approach him as one would a guru one is following. His teachings help me to explore my own views of reality rather than taking what he says as gospel.

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

Absolutely. I am more able to accept how things are rather than react to them. This does not always lead to less conflict in my relationships, because sometimes people are upset with me for not reacting as strongly as they are to whatever is bothering them at the time. One friend gets frustrated with me when I do not reinforce her anger or judgments, but another says she feels calmed when she's with me.

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

I've had very little experience with it, so I'll let you know how important it is once I have experienced it.

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

I think one can find some truth in teachings from the bible, the Koran, from the Dalai Lama, and from other spiritual writers or teachers, but he speaks the most strongly to me. He is exceptional in the sense that he does not ask you to accept what his says as the absolute truth, but to explore for yourself. He is also exceptional in how clearly and directly he expresses his ideas. There is no need for rituals and trappings that come with most religions or spiritual practices.

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