Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

Kinfonet Interviews - Question

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

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I think there is nothing else anyone needs doing. Nobody can make Krishnamurti more "anything" since his work is already fully "practicable". All that one can and should do is to learn about oneself using Krishnamurti's words as a mirror. He gave us a complete, wonderful legacy of his original and authentic dialogs, biographies, talks, books based on his totally exemplary life; he taught what he lived in the most complete and practical way. He did this enormous daunting task authentically with a most straightforward, simple, logical, pragmatic and most affectionate manner working assiduously for over 65 years. K was one the most intelligent being, a thinker in the century who dedicated his entire life, talking to people from all walks of life, all over the world, understanding their sorrows and problems, imparting his new approach of ending psychological time, using multiple fine angles to explain things of mind in simple words. He taught to diverse audiences without losing the aroma of his teachings by even one single bit, and he knew it! He was 100% serious about keeping his Teachings pristine in their original authenticity, without anyone polluting it with any interpretation or modifications. So the question of doing anything more to K's work does not even arise!

Shyamkant Bhavsar
Fri, 27 Dec 2013

He is very much practicable. We do not have to alter our external actions. What is needed is an internal shift.

Shyam Ramachandran
Mon, 06 Jan 2014

More practiable? Do you mean whatever J.Krishnamurthy is impractical. I don't think so. If you think so then you are trying to escape.

Anand Sridharan
Thu, 23 Jan 2014

I feel that to the extent there is honesty in a relationship, the more practicable aspect of his teachings can be unearthed and lived. The fact of life unfolds without hindrance from our labels. Labels become a curiosity, a subject of study, not the instruments that dictate the way we look at life.

Geetha Waters
Wed, 04 Jun 2014

I think K has not explained his philosophy well. Though it is the greatest.

I found books by Mr. Dhopeshwarkar that has explained K very well. Now i understand it and it works wonders for me.

Sun, 08 Jun 2014

i don't feel that "practice",was his message

Barry B
Sun, 24 Aug 2014

In general i think is completely true that in matters of self-knowledge there cannot be practice, one cannot practice, systematize them - you cannot hold breeze in your hand...
However Krishnamurti in the 40s suggested to people in his speeches to write down in a paper their thoughts and feelings through out the day in order to strengthen their self-awareness. It is very easy for someone to find speeches of him containing this suggestion through the official site but as well also here in the Kinfonet by typing the words "write thoughts" in their search machines. I think the clearest statement about this suggestion can be found in his book "The Book of Life" and it is the following:

"If you find it difficult to be aware, then experiment with writing down every thought and feeling that arises throughout the day; write down your reactions of jealousy, envy, vanity, sensuality, the intentions behind your words, and so on. Spend some time before breakfast in writing them down—which may necessitate going to bed earlier and putting aside some social affair. If you write these things down whenever you can, and in the evening before sleeping look over all that you have written during the day, study and examine it without judgment, without condemnation, you will begin to discover the hidden causes of your thoughts and feelings, desires and words...
Now, the important thing in this is to study with free intelligence what you have written down, and in studying it you will become aware of your own state. In the flame of self-awareness, of self-knowledge, the causes of conflict are discovered and consumed. You should continue to write down your thoughts and feelings, intentions and reactions, not once or twice, but for a considerable number of days until you are able to be aware of them instantly...
Meditation is not only constant self-awareness, but constant abandonment of the self. Out of right thinking there is meditation, from which there comes the tranquility of wisdom; and in that serenity the
highest is realized.
Writing down what one thinks and feels, one’s desires and reactions, brings about an inward awareness, the cooperation of the unconscious with the conscious, and this in turn leads to integration and understanding."

"Igniting the Flame of Self-Awareness" - The Book of Life
JKI # 20 from the JKI (Jiddu Krishnamurti Interviews) # 1-92
Krishnamurti Foundation of America Archives

This statement i read it as a daily quote in the official site before 6-7 years ago and for me it was a major surprise to find Krishnamurti have suggested something so practical, i couldn't believe it. Of course i started immediately do it since it was what exactly needed in that period of my life where i was facing intense difficulties inwardly. I can declare after all these years that i'm doing it that it is exactly as he says it. Gradually one is able to have greater, wider, stronger and more penetrating self-awareness, one is really aware of his thoughts-feelings immediately. It is something unique which i think deserves a higher attention by those who are interested to what Krishnamurti said and wrote.

Aristides Chronopoulos
Tue, 09 Sep 2014

Yes clearly.

Jean Gatti
Sun, 09 Nov 2014

K pointed out that there are no paths to this expansive space within . Practicality can not serve .

Kumar Venkataraman
Sat, 13 Dec 2014

What is it he not allowed for?
The only practical thing is serious enquiring your own thinking and doing.

Wim Opdam
Wed, 28 Jan 2015

It's not a "practice". It's an attempt to crack concrete minds and allow for actual thought. K was not teaching people what to think. He was trying to teach someone, ANYone, HOW to think. HOW to let go of concrete ideas and get thought moving.

People WANT to be told what to think because they've had it hammered into their heads, since childhood, that "knowing" things is the key, but it is not. The only thing one needs to "know" is whether or not a thought or idea has become concrete, repetitious belief and/or "knowledge" and how to free it up again.

Cindy Clark (account deleted)
Sat, 31 Jan 2015

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.

Padmanabhan Krishna
Mon, 23 Mar 2015


Haywood Jablowmi (account deleted)
Thu, 23 Apr 2015

To what end state would one be pracicing for?

Guy Jedwab
Mon, 11 May 2015

Sure, that is possible.

Frank Smith (account deleted)
Thu, 06 Aug 2015

It cant be made more practical for it is all gobbleygook.

lidlo laddy (account deleted)
Sun, 25 Oct 2015

I dont know, he seems pretty practical as it is.

Steve SDS. (account deleted)
Thu, 05 Nov 2015

Not sure what the question means. The main point of the teachings is to be in contact with life closely.

Rishi Thomas
Thu, 10 Dec 2015

I think there are "gray areas" in life he seemed to pass over, and I think one learns of these through simply living, perhaps reading a little widely, if one's lucky enough to find the right books! Writers such as D.H. Lawrence, Lawrence Durrell are two of my favorites. There is perhaps a danger in reading K alone, one may become narrow and dogmatic. There is a lot to life K didn't really go into, perhaps because his message was so important, but a human being living in this world I think might need a little more than just K in his life. I believe a friend can help, and a good author can be a good friend. Just an opinion.

m christani
Sun, 03 Jan 2016


riya riyabenson (account deleted)
Tue, 15 Nov 2016

There is no trying to do or achieve. It's just doing. He says.
It implies goodbye to laziness in thinking. That is the hardest part.

Ramya Vijai
Fri, 16 Dec 2016

Neither Dr. Perera nor his colleagues wanted to pursue this dangerously explicit dialogue.

Link Smickman (account deleted)
Mon, 19 Jun 2017

The "Truth" of all that K. wanted to convey is "Blowing in the winds of Silence" for any one who is ready to listen without any inner noise!

Shahla Ahy
Mon, 19 Jun 2017

When the grass came, the cow died.

Annwenn Nikole (account deleted)
Wed, 30 Aug 2017


Sampath Perera (account deleted)
Sat, 23 Sep 2017

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