Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Padmanabhan Krishna
Padmanabhan Krishna
Birthday: January 13
Member since: Sun, 14 Jun 2009, 11:16am
Last visited almost 5 years ago

Member Statement

I knew Krishnamurti personally from 1958 till his death in 1986. I have recently published a book about my interactions with him. It includes interviews with senior associates of K such as Achyut Patwardhan, Vimala Thakar, Radha Burnier and Mark Lee and a dialogue David Bohm, Asit Chandmal and I had with Krishnaji in 1977. The book is now available on the internet as an ebook or paperback / hardback and the link is as follows:

Interests and Recommendations


Books by J.K. and about him : 1. Freedom from the Known 2. First and Last Freedom 3. Think on these things 4. Commentaries on Living 5. Biographies by Mary Lutyens and Pupul Jayakar 6. Krishnamurti : the man, the mystery and the message by Stuart Holroyd

Other interests

Science and Spirituality.

Interview Answers

Do you think it advisable to introduce Krishnamurti to people you know? Have you ever done it and if yes, what are your experiences?

Yes, I have been doing this all my life, provided the other person is interested in knowing. Responses of people are variable depending on whether they are interested in this inquiry or wish to cling to their existing beliefs.

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

Yes. One lives without conflict.

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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?

They will never die but they will also not be popular since people are not interested in the truth, they are looking for satisfaction.Truth is often disturbing.

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

Without doubt, he was a rare and exceptional human being.

Self-knowledge is universally accessible but the total transformation he talked about may not be.

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

By staying with questions, watching oneself 'in the mirror of relationship' with a learning mind.

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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. The real barriers to truth are within oneself. Self-knowledge can reduce them so that insight becomes more possible, but one cannot demand insight. It is a creative perception.

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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?

Learn about yourself by watching with an inquiring mind and free your mind of its conditioning. Real change is a by-product of understanding and cannot be obtained through directed effort. Only the trivial can be taught, the profound has to be learnt for oneself.

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

Agreement and disagreement are both unintelligent responses to a statement, because they bring nothing new and therefore lead to no learning.The only intelligent response is to carefully listen to the statement (irrespective of who has made it), inquire what it means and whether that is true? Do not answer that question from memory since memory is conditioned; stay with it and explore it through watching within oneself in daily life.

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

The talk of total transformation. We do not know what that is and it has no value to just accept that because he has said it.
One must stay with that question without forming an opinion about it. It is right to say one does not know when one does not know : neither believe, nor disbelieve.

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

Dialogue is a state of mind. If one has a learning mind one is constantly in dialogue with oneself. If one does not have a learning mind, there is no dialogue, either with oneself or with others. Organization can provide a forum for it but not bring it about.Since truth is beyond the known, all insight is spontaneous, whether in organized dialogue or elsewhere in life.
That is why it is pathless.

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

To some extent. One has to be watchful of this all the time and not form an opinion about it.

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

You can live the teachings only to the extent you deeply understand what they are pointing to. That requires investigation of what K is saying and the perception of the truth for oneself. Intellectual understanding is not the realization of the truth.

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

It has value only to the extent the participants have a learning mind; otherwise it is not a dialogue and it degenerates into a debate or an exchange of ideas.

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