Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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David Walker
David Walker
United Kingdom
Member since: Thu, 04 Jun 2009, 7:56pm
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I am interested in finding out whether it is possible to go to the end of each thought, to see where it comes from; and from there to find out who it is that is watching.

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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?

I never make a conscious effort to promote Krishnamurti to people. Sometimes his name may pop up naturally during the course of a conversation. If there is a desire to know more, I may try to explain further according to my limited understanding, or point someone towards the books and tapes etc.

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

I feel that is a wrong question. It seems to imply that you want to mould it for some utilitarian purpose. Probably one either understands it deeply or one doesn't.

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

I think it perhaps has something to do with giving all one's attention, without effort, to everything that is happening within and without. It certainly does not mean simply reading books, watching videos or participating in dialogues.

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

Very important. It is good to go into these things with others who are similarly interested.

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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?

No division. No division between the self and society, and between the thinker and thought.

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

Both.

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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 think they will grow in importance as time goes on, and the world situation deteriorates. Also I think the internet will help make them universally accessible.

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

I have yet to find anything that is basically untrue, although there is much that I don't know for myself.

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

It has led to some considerable changes on the surface, but not at the root. The 'me' is still at the centre of it all.

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

At present, through books, audio and video. Personal circumstances have prevented me from taking part in any interpersonal dialogues for some time. I am not convinced of the value of internet discussions.

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

He certainly was exceptional, in that one has never come across anyone else quite like him. I cannot answer the second part, having no experience myself of the transformation he spoke about.

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

I don't know. I seem to vacillate between the two!

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

Undoubtedly. There is a tendency to blindly accept, which is perhaps the conditioning factor.

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