Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Mani Sundaram
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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?

JK is one of the very very few who lived a sane life on this earth. All through his life he tried to convey about something which he himself might have known that it is not conveyable. Words are from the mind. How can the mind can talk about something which is beyond itself. JK had attempted this extremely difficult task and has done much better than anybody has done before. To find that something for ourselves depends on how much serious we are about that "Something". If we don't find it is our inability. Nothing else.

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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?

JK, I would say is a very dangerous man. He would not offer anything. Instead, he would strip everything off. We can partially understand him or think that we have understood him and keep on discussing all our life. But that has no significance. Unless I understand him truly I don't think I can introduce him to somebody. I have not come across anybody who is really serious and always ask myself whether I am at all serious in this?

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

I think accepting or rejecting has no meaning. We can accept everything he said and still lead a routine boring life. JK only pointed out that we are not free and nobody except ourselves can make us free. That is the most difficult thing to do in our life, yet we need to do that.

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

I think once we realize that we are not free and have that urge to be free then we ourselves will have our own messages which may be similar or different to JK's messages. I think dialogues on these things may help us to be free.

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

To a very large extent. Outside, to my friends and colleagues I am some what quite and calm. I talk very less. But within me it is really boiling all the time. I am very much angry, unhappy and discontented. I had been like this all my life, unhappy without any reason and searching for some solution. After reading JK, All my searchings for a solution have completely stopped. That itself is a great thing.

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

Krishnamurti was highly exceptional in the sense he showed that there is a different way of living. Whether it is universally accessible or not depends on individual's concern.

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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?

Krishnamurti is concerned only with individuals and not with the collective. As the world deteriorates day by day may be , more people turn towards the so called spirituality. Some may turn toward JK as well. So JK's works will definitely grow in importance. So many so called Gurus also will get so much importance, more than JK because they will offer so many things that give comfort for the mind. JK has nothing to offer.

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

I have read so many spiritual books written by many Gurus. But When I read JK, I do not know how and why, my reading books have very much reduced and now i do not read anything at all. Whenever I feel reading a book, there comes a question in my mind, How long will you read the same thing again and again without actually doing anything about it. Now I know what is the issue. The answer is not in the books. I need to find it out myself.

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