Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Nancy Megas
Nancy Megas
United States
Birthday: December 16
Member since: Sat, 27 Jun 2009, 1:36pm
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Each individual that makes up the whole of the universal consciousness is unique and it is that uniqueness that fools us into believing we are the "only one" that feels a certain way, thinks a certain way, acts a certain way. We are together foolish geniuses making our way together, "thinking"......

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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 am afraid that is what is going on now in many instances.

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

Group dialogue is very helpful in that it opens your mind to the exploration as you watch your thoughts arise and react to the responses and questions of others.

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

Of course K was exceptional but only in the sense that he radiated a presence that attracted those who could bring him to world attention. Once in the world's eyes he had a platform to open the door for others to go through with him and explore that which we all share. Yes, the transformation is without a doub universally accessible as we are all part of the universal consciousness.

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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 future is not our concern we should attend to the now, this question, this answer and leave it....

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

No, their are no "teachings" there are only questions for us to explore within ourselves and in company with others.

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

A group of people, two, three or more can come together to sit quietly and anyone if so moved, may openly reflect what is arising within their own space. That open invitation on the part of one can allow others to look at what is arising within and together all can examine further the problems, observations, awareness of the joined group.

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

I was conditioned by my family and society; I was unleashed from that conditioning by walking through the door of observation opened by reading and listening to K.

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

Many years ago I believed that other people influenced who I was and how I thought. I believed that if I followed the example of others I would achieve a successful and happy life. One day I was ironing and watching television to distract myself from a much disliked job when I heard unusual words of a gentle man of Indian extraction who invited me to watch my thoughts and find the source of all my problems. At the end of the telecast interview he warned that once we opened the door to such inquiry we would never be able to close it again and he was right, for almost forty years I have continued to watch my intention and thought within the universal conciousness. Would I have found this path without K -I cannot answer that question.

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

I have read many, many of his books, attended one of his appearances at Carneigie Hall in NYC and have many tapes and dvd's but the most interesting explorations have come in group dialogues. I am fortunate that a monthly dialogue is available in my area and I have attended a few in California. So much can be explored within when done together by like minded people.

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

Since K does not teach but rather invites you to look within I must answer that I find many implausible and difficult to accept things in what I see of my own conditioned behavior but that is all part of the process.

As to K himself, he was often implausible and difficult to understand and accept but as such he reflected us all as we each share in those same characteristics.

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

I found that doubt led me deeper; if I saw a thought arise and said, aha! see that is the problem; a door slammed and the journey was ended. If I see a thought arise and I look at it skeptically and say let us examine this further then maybe there is something to be found. Doubt is necessary to allow you to question and explore, if you accept everything at face value then there is no exploration and if you reject everything as doubtful then there is not exploration but if you doubt that what you see is the whole answer you have just begun.

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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?

I am not the am I think I am nor the I that I think I will be, but I am not the only "I".

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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?

It is not advisable to introduce K to acquaintances under most circumstances as it would be proseletizing to do so; however, when discussions of faith and/or philosophy arise and your opinions are requested you may try to lead to a more open dialogue and discussion in the fashion of K. If you then find people who are open and interested in dialogue and an opportunity arises to do so then you may introduce them to a book or dvd, etc. by K.
I have been in the position I describe on a few, rare occasions and cannot honestly say I know of anyone that advanced their interest in K's teachings beyond the initial contact but I also cannot say whether that one time contact may not have somehow impacted their life. That, however, is not my concern nor do I have any influence over such an outcome.

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