Life Ahead: On Learning and the Search for Meaning

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Life Ahead presents lessons that move far beyond the traditional forms of education taught in most schools and colleges. Drawn from transcripts of talks given to Indian students, the book covers a wide range of universal topics. In short, accessible chapters, Krishnamurti explores the danger of competition, the value of solitude, the need to understand both the conscious and the unconscious mind, and the critical difference between concentration and attention, and between knowledge and learning. Krishnamurti ...
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Life Ahead presents lessons that move far beyond the traditional forms of education taught in most schools and colleges. Drawn from transcripts of talks given to Indian students, the book covers a wide range of universal topics. In short, accessible chapters, Krishnamurti explores the danger of competition, the value of solitude, the need to understand both the conscious and the unconscious mind, and the critical difference between concentration and attention, and between knowledge and learning. Krishnamurti exposes the roots of fear and eradicates deeply entrenched habits of tradition, limitation, and prejudice. The life he holds forth requires a complete change of thought, even a revolution, one that begins “not with theory and ideation,” he writes, “but with a radical transformation in the mind itself.” He explains how such transformation occurs only through an education that concentrates on the total development of the human being, an education carefully described in this simple yet powerful book.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781577315179
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 809,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 What Is the Function of Education? 23
2 Fear Prevents Initiative 29
3 Authority Destroys Intelligence 37
4 Understanding Freedom and Discipline 45
5 Learning How to Think 53
6 Is There Such a Thing as Security? 61
7 Why Are You Ambitious? 73
8 What Is Love? 83
9 The Importance of Understanding Your Mind 93
10 On How to Listen 103
11 Knowledge Is Not Everything 113
12 The Quality of Real Affection 117
13 Understanding Is Not Memorizing 125
14 What Is Envy? 133
15 It Is Understanding That Is Creative, Not Memory 143
16 Understanding the Significance of Words 153
17 Can the Mind Ever Find Peace? 161
18 What Is Life All About? 169
19 Living Intelligently 177
20 Being Educated Rightly 187
21 Religion Really Is a Process of Education 203
22 To Discover the Truth of Things 217
23 Leaving School 227
Index to Questions 231
Glossary 237
Index 239
About the Author 247
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