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

Yes, it has introduced me to a new way of being. I have had glimpses of it ever since I first read K 10 years ago. At times, especially in the last year, these have been more than glimpses. I have felt that I am in this new way of being for prolonged periods, where everything is fresh and spontaneous, and there is an energy to live a beautiful life.

However, I see this slip through my fingers and I fall back into the old patterns of the ego. I do not see how, as K says, change is once and for all.

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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?

To be with what is, and not to escape into what was or what could be - this gives birth to a new order of being, one that is the fulfillment of the purpose of human life.

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

There is no question of doubt or acceptance. Both of them imply that one is looking at the teachings from the outside, as if they were a theory.

When I read or listen to K, I see that he is pointing to how my own mind works. My own fears, my own joys are implicated. There is no question of either doubting it or accepting it. You do not doubt or accept the sunlight.

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

Personal study of K's books. Occasionally, videos and audios. Where I live there isn't any study group.

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

Yes - the idea of permanent change. K often says that one can be transformed once and for all, and be rid of one's conditioning. This hasn't happened to me, although I have had glimpses and prolonged durations of being in a different way of being.

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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 am unable to go with either.

I think they will grow in importance because they point to the mystic way, which the esoteric traditions of all religions have in common. Increasingly, the focus of human beings is going to be on the mystical, esoteric dimensions of religion rather than on the more formal aspects of it. In that stream of interest, K is important.

At the same time, the absence of those who live the teachings - there may be some but I haven't met any - is going to render the crux of them more and more distant over the years. I never met either K or anyone who lives the teachings but I still feel profoundly affected by them. However, I think things would be much better had there been people one could be with and talk to to really understand the teachings.

Finally, some of the idiom of K's teachings - his sense of revolt, his broadly sweeping critique of religion, some of his psychological thinking (especially in reference to how the past affects us) - seem to be a response to the climate of the 1960s, and these may seem a bit culturally distant in the future, although I don't think this will be a big issue for any serious seeker.

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


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