Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Pankaj Sapkal
Pankaj Sapkal
Birthday: January 1
Member since: Fri, 26 Jun 2009, 5:44pm
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Member Statement

i am an industrial designer by training and entrepreneur by vocation.
my interests are in technology, history, indic lore, psychology, design, symbolism, metacognition, theology, and interesting stuff like that.
however, i think all of this is targeted towards structuring an understanding the world and myself. not in a very dry manner, though. it has to be enjoyable and compelling, first and foremost.

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

it does. after understanding it, of course. i think if one understands, one would live it spontaneously. i wouldn't attempt to live something that i understand only intellectually, but which doesn't come to me naturally.

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


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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?

the essence will permeate, though not necessarily only through k's own words. which is good.

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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?

k is about knowing the things that bind us

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

simply by questioning all authority from within and without, and trying to see things anew

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

depends on the group entirely. i think that one needs to interact with insights from multiple disciplines, rather than only speaking in k's words.

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

no reason why it cannot come in both ways. alternately, it may not come in either way.

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

not much

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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 have introduced k to a few people. hopefully they have benefited in some way - i have no way of knowing.

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

perhaps, to a certain extent, it happened some time. but i stopped reading k after that, and then things were ok.

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

been reading k from school-days. so perhaps noticing any change became difficult. but am quite sure that it has provided me with something valuable to grow on.

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

i think doubt is healthy so long as one is not compulsive about doubt - in that case, doubt has become a habit and that's not genuine doubt.

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

to make him practicable would be very easy, but not recommended in any way. firstly, he'd turn in his grave. secondly, giving somebody a readymade practice is defeating the purpose. i think, instead of making him practicable, the directions pointed by him should be taken up in various disciplines, especially in education.

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