Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Zahira Alaskar - Personal Profile

Zahira Alaskar
Zahira Alaskar
United States
Member since: Sun, 05 Jul 2009, 1:27am
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Member Statement

I feel that life is both joyful when free and miserable when burdened. Self is the factor. The burden of self, with all the thoughts and obsessions, blocks the beauty ever present when the self is not. I think there is good and bad intention, but any intention is of the self. The consequences of the intention may be difficult to bear. The world is as it is because of self. Capitalism, consumerism promote exploitation of resources and others. There seems to be a desparate climb to the top of the heap and then there is no love. Exploitation, competition are ever present and in that presence are the lies and the deceit of self-image.

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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 opens many perspectives. It's very important in promoting thought.

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

Sometimes, I would say yes, when I am calm. I can be very calm when reading and discussing the teachings. But, when I panic, I wonder what good have the teachings been.

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

Perception of the moment may be the transformation. That may be accessible to all. Krishnamurti had an exceptional life, with extraordinary training in his early years. The intensity of that training may have fast-tracked him to the present moment without self, just pure observation.

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

No, but maybe life would be easier if I had. I am very much my self with all the blockages one can imagine.

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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?

Krishnamurti is the Open Door.

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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?

Many other teachers are coming along with the same message and are much more concise and articulate. The message will continue perennially delivered through countless vehicles. Fewer and fewer people will be able to make a living of K's teachings.

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

None of the teachings is implausible as long as they are perceptible.

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

I prefer reading books as my personal study and then taking long walks through the mountains. Dialogues are also very important. to me.

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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 Krishnamurti to some friends. Some have been quite taken with what he has to say. Others have has strong revulsion because of their religion.

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Tue, 26 Apr 2011, 4:23am

Hi Zahira,

I am from Chennai, India. I have been interested in Krishnamurti's 'teachings' for many years. I read your note with interest. I wish to know about your interest in Krishnamurti.