Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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David McMullin
David McMullin
United States
Birthday: June 24
Member since: Wed, 10 Jun 2009, 2:44pm
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Our group watches videos of Advaita teachers when we meet, about every 4 weeks. Krishnamurti is a favorite. DVDs, VCR tapes, and CDs are available to borrow, along with books. Oak Park, IL, suburb of Chicago. 708 383-9154. You are invited.

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Do you think it is possible to make Krishnamurti more "practicable" than what he himself seems to have allowed for?

No, I don't think so.

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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?

A condition of listening, being aware, permits the Ultimate to manifest.

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

Talking about things is extremely helpful in a group where everyone listens to each other and themselves. Things get clarified. The dialog is helpful when centered on K's message, but not when it is centered on K. When it is centered on K the conversation gets sidetracked.

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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?

To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever become interested in K from my mentioning him. But some people hear about K and become interested in other ways.

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

K was not the only one to understand the insights; in that sense he was not exceptional. He was one of the few. It seems obvious to me that there are some people who do not have the mental equipment to get the message.

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

DVDs, VHS, books, conversations, are very helpful. Of course, the Understanding is not K's teachings; he did not invent them or own them.

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

Sometimes he got off the track, into fields in which he was not qualified to speak. But seldom.
He would not like us to accept his teachings! Rather to discover what is.

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

I don't try to find a balance. Both exist; I respect both and watch them when (and if) they blend.

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

Yes. For one thing it has led to other teachers with similar insights, with a degree of liberation. And they have helped me see what is important.

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

It helps for a group to have 'ground rules' for the dialogue. For instance: listen to each other; share the 'air time' (talking); don't cross-talk (one conversation in the group at a time); don't change what someone else said; etc.

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

Yes. The teachings are not for intellectual amusement; if observed circumstances can be changed.

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


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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?

His insights are also the insights of others. It seems a contradiction of his insights to speculate on what is going to happen.

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