Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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prasad mulupuri
prasad mulupuri
Birthday: November 15
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Once, Achyutji,the then vicepresident of kfi, gave me a cup of tea in his cottage in Vasant Vihar,Chennai,india,and told me "you have to read every line written by krishnaji'. This advice has been more honoured by me in the breach .....

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

The best way to understand krishnaji is to allow his voice and figure and words to seep through you.Group dialogues can be as helpfu as unhelpful.

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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?

See your conditioning. Our problem is our chattering mind. My chatter is different from yours but both of us are chattering There is bound to be squabble so long as i see myself as separate from you or when i carry a crust of identity .See the proper place of thought. There is no freedom through knowledge.No practice can give you freedom.The gods we know are our creation.See the workings of your mind "choicelessly". That is possibly the only way to break down your "program".Maintain your relationship with nature.Only a silent mind can touch freedom.Freedom is when you are free of fear and the pursuit of pleasure and sorrow and the entire baggage of the "known" which is your program or conditioning.Be a "nothing". Only a free mind may touch compassion. When the "me" which is the program of the past is not, the "Other"or the "immense" or 'Truth' is.

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

Krishnaji is nothing if he is not "practicable".May be this question crops up because he said there is no path toTruth.Once you see the validity of this statement,Krishnaji becomes eminently "practicable"
.There are sso many "practical" tips thrown up by Krishnaji like the following:
Take vegetarian food.
Give up meat and wine and smoking.
Do'nt make a problem of sex.
Keep the body execised and sensitive.
Observe the squalidity and grind of life around.
See how you grovel before the boss and how you kick the underdog.
Once he said "none of you will be here to hear me if you get an invitation from the President for dinner."
See how little generosity you have.
Attention is when you see your inattention.
Pain is the attempt to avoid pain.
Hope is hell.
A post does not give status,it gives only a function.
A printed book has no special authority.
When you lose relationship with nature, you lose relationship with man.
When you are short of space in a cramped city,you should ,at least, have a silent or spacious mind.
Such are the practical or practicable clues thrown up by Krishnaji, not to mention other more powerful or inimitable statements made by him like that the national flag is an ugly rag or that Catholics are great acquires of real estate or that the West went to the colonies with Bible in one hand and the bayonet in the other or that the Gurus from the East come with their bag of tricks or that the Rishis are immature human beings or that he did not belong to the Brahmin tribe

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

Cassettes and Dvds and, of late, Ipod

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

He is unique in that he is both simple and complex.
Every one who hears him benefits.
The benefit is not by way of any gain or the gain is the shedding of a bit of ones' baggage or burden.
If the "transformation" is mystical or transcendental, it is beyond me. If the "transformation" is a slightly different approach when you hold a job or when you deal with your wife or neighbour or when you walk in a park or when you cast your vote in an election or when you sit on a dentist's chair, then, such trasformation is universally 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?

You can provide his books or cassettes or videos.There is no point in arguing with people about him. Some people take to him seriously. Nobody ignores him though only a few rare ones take to him wholly and exclusively.

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

Some times,his expression is not direct.Any British or American Professor in dialogue witrh him has a more direct expression.
Some times,he is logical only half way.
To give an example,
He prefers "attention" to"reception" or concentration".He objects to"reception" with the counter "who is the receiver?"
One can formulate similar counters for any expression like "who is the attender when you attend?"
Some times, he uses an expression in different senses. For example, he uses the expression "reality" in different senses.At some places it is used as equivalent to "Truth". At other places, it is used as equivalent to the psychological baggage one carries. The two senses are vastly different.
i tend to believe, rightly or wrongly,that he was trying to communicate the incommunicable and so such lapses or inconsistencies are possibly inevitable.

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