Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti

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Counted among his admirers are Jonas Salk, Aldous Huxley, David Hockney, and Van Morrison, along with countless other philosophers, artist, writers and students of the spiritual path. Now the trustees of Krishnamurti’s work have gathered his very best and most illuminating writings and talks to present in one volume the truly essential ideas of this great spiritual thinker.Total Freedom includes selections from Krishnamurti’s early works, his ‘Commentaries on Living’, and his discourses on life, the self, ...

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Counted among his admirers are Jonas Salk, Aldous Huxley, David Hockney, and Van Morrison, along with countless other philosophers, artist, writers and students of the spiritual path. Now the trustees of Krishnamurti’s work have gathered his very best and most illuminating writings and talks to present in one volume the truly essential ideas of this great spiritual thinker.Total Freedom includes selections from Krishnamurti’s early works, his ‘Commentaries on Living’, and his discourses on life, the self, meditation, sex and love. These writings reveal Krishnamuri’s core teachings in their full eloquence and power: the nature of personal freedom; the mysteries of life and death; and the ‘pathless land’, the personal search for truth and peace. Warning readers away from blind obedience to creeds or teachers – including himself – Krishnamurti celebrated the individual quest for truth, and thus became on of the most influential guides for independent-minded seekers of the twentieth century – and beyond.

Contains the entire text of the "Truth Is a Pathless Land" speech.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060648800
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 327,043
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was a renowned spiritual teacher whose lectures and writings have inspired thousands. His works include On Mind and Thought, On Nature and the Environment, On Relationship, On Living and Dying, On Love and Lonliness, On Fear, and On Freedom.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Truth Is a Pathless Land 1
What I Want to Do 10
What Are You Seeking? 15
The Significance of Environment 21
A Dynamic Society 30
Living in Ecstasy 37
To Be a True Human Being 44
Being Vulnerable to Truth 52
The First and Last Freedom 60
Ambition 67
The Individual and the Ideal 71
Fear and Escape 76
Time and Transformation 80
Sorrow from Self-Pity 84
Education and the Significance of Life 88
Life Ahead 93
Freedom from the Known 109
Krishnamurti to Himself 134
Krishnamurti's Journal 153
Krishnamurti to Himself 163
What Is It to Be Serious? 168
Can We Create a New Culture? 178
Can You Understand the Fact of Emptiness? 188
What Is Our Basic Problem? 191
How Do You Approach the Problems of Living? 198
What Is the Central Core of Your Thinking? 210
What Is the Relation Between Krishnamurti's Teaching and Truth? 227
The Core of Krishnamurti's Teaching 257
Total Action Without Regret 259
A Relationship with the World 289
The Wholeness of Life 322
The Ending of Sorrow 335
Truth Most Holy 343
Sources and Acknowledgments 361
Index 365
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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Not what you may expect...

    It is difficult to look for and much more difficult to find and after finding difficult to accept the great simplicity and clarity in the teachings of one such as Jiddu Krisnamurti, they cut to the bone of our intelligence and to the heart of our compassion. He is undoubtedly the great Educator of our time. Although many would put this book in the classification of a Spiritual or Religious teaching, it is clearly an invitation to allow the manifestation of our own humanity that freely arises when we disengage from the hibitual patterns of conflict...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

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    This book is perfection on paper! It really reveals to us how blind we all really are with all our foolish belief systems and such. Read it and free yourself!

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    This book can help you decide to change your life

    Profound is the only worldly word I can come up with to describe the teachings of Krishnamurti. If you are seeking truth, real in your face ready for radical transformation truth, then this is the book for you. But please be sure you really want the truth, for to know the truth, to really find it, you can have no fear. You can't be affraid of giving up everything you have ever known to find it and you can't be afraid of the results once you see them for the first time in your life. It may be a shock that is hard to swallo at first. We are the truth my friends, just look at the world we have created! Is it not time for a radical change based on love and not fear, compassion and not hatred, understanding and not judgment, forgivness and not vengenace, peace and not war, then listen to this one human being explain why we are what we don't want to be. How all the religions have failed and why they fail. He is one the first human beings to explain HOW to become aware of yourself so you can free yourself from all the sorrow, pain, guilt, fear, desire,and illusions our minds create. Please allow yourself the silence to listen and meditate along with him so someday the world will be based in love. Did you get that? You free yourself, no other person, place or thing can do it, only you can because you are the one creating all of your own misery. The observer is the observed, the thinker is the thought, we, the world are the product of our own minds. Give the world a gift and read this book. Take your time, it is not an easy read, really contemplate what is being said. It is worth every second it takes to understand it-truth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Mind Altering

    This is a must read from one of the greatest thinker of the 20th century. Being studied by a diversity of important induviduals like Jonas Salk, Dali Lama, Bruce Lee, Van Morrison, Henry Miller to name a few, indicates the total width of his work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    Essential reading for everyone!

    This book is an exceptional book for people for are in search for an authentic self. Krishnamurti never directly provides answers for vital questions in life because he understands that answers to vital questions are never meaningful when they come from the outside. He knows that for our answers to be meaningful they must come from within. He understands that his job is to guide us so that we approach the problem in a way that leads to our own answers from within. Although not all of us are ready, I think we all have much to learn from thinkers like him. If you are ready, this book will be wonderful for you. If you are not, you will find it meaningless. Although you find it meaningless now, keep it on your shelf and read it five or ten years later and see if it makes sense then. If you'd like a book using a more concrete approach to this topic, I strongly suggest 'The Ever-transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It is a fabulous book that explains how many Western and Eastern theories relate to essential matters of the heart.

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