The First and Last Freedom

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Harper Collins, Oct 5, 2010 - Religion - 288 pages
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Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In The First and Last Freedom he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti’s quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.

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I've never had my core beliefs challenged until I started reading this book.Read a page,contemplate on it for atleast one day.There's so much to think and analyse after every para.The best piece of philosophy by any Indian author.

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This is a classic!
A good place to begin exploring J. Krishnamurti's thought.
Each chapter covers a specific theme.
There is also a series of chapters dealing with specific questions. The answers to which are just as significant today as when they were first written.


CHAPTER PAGE Foreword by Aldous Huxley Introduction
What are we seeking?
Individual and Society
Action and Idea
Time and Transformation
Power and Realization
On the present Crisis
On Knowledge
On Loneliness
On Awareness
On Boredom and Interest

What is the Self?
Fear 33
Relationship and Isolation
The Thinker and the Thought
Can Thinking solve our Problems?
The Function of the Mind
Selfcentred Activity
On Gossip
On Belief in
On Death
On Action without Idea
On Naming
On the Known and the Unknown
On Simplicity
On the Stillness of the Mind
On the Confusion of the Mind

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Page 44 - It is important to understand that this is our responsibility, yours and mine; because, however small may be the world we live in, if we can transform ourselves, bring about a radically different point of view in our daily existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large, the extended relationship with others.
Page 77 - THE SELF? Do WE KNOW WHAT we mean by the self? By that, I mean the idea, the memory, the conclusion, the experience, the various forms of nameable and unnameable intentions, the conscious endeavour to be or not to be, the accumulated memory of the unconscious, the racial, the group, the individual, the clan, and the whole of it all, whether it is projected outwardly in action or projected spiritually as virtue; the striving after all this is the self.
Page 21 - ... be given to you by somebody. You have to discover it; and to discover, there must be a state of mind in which there is direct perception. There is no direct perception when there is a resistance, a safeguard, a protection. Understanding comes through being aware of what is. To know exactly what is, the real, the actual, without interpreting it, without condemning or justifying it, is, surely, the beginning of wisdom.
Page 288 - Where love is, there is transformation. Without love, revolution has no meaning, for then revolution is merely destruction, decay, a greater and greater ever-mounting misery. Where there is love, there is revolution, because love is transformation from moment to moment. 288 "TRUTH IS A PATHLESS LAND.
Page 55 - is always in the past and is given life in the present by a challenge. Memory has no life in itself; it comes to life in the challenge [preconditioned formula stimulus].
Page 37 - What you are, the world is. So. your problem is the world's problem. Surely, this is a simple and basic fact, is it not? In our relationship with the one or the many we seem somehow to overlook this point all the time. We want to bring about alteration through a system or through a revolution in ideas or values based on a system, forgetting that it is you and I who create society, who bring about confusion or order by the way in which we live. So we must begin near, that is, we must concern ourselves...
Page 114 - The self is a problem that thought cannot resolve. There must be an awareness which is not of thought. To be aware without condemnation or justification of the self — just to be aware — is sufficient. If you are aware in order to find out how to resolve the problem, in order to transform it, in order to produce a result, then it is still within the field of the self, of the 'me'.
Page 20 - When you are in a receptive state of mind, things can be easily understood; you are listening when your real attention is given to something. But unfortunately most of us listen through a screen of resistance. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific; or with our daily worries, desires and fears. And with these for a screen, we listen. Therefore, we listen really to our own noise, to our own sound, not to what is being said. It is extremely difficult...
Page 114 - If, in each one of us, the centre of the 'me' is non-existent, with its desire for power, position, authority, continuance, selfpreservation, surely our problems will come to an end! The self is a problem that thought cannot resolve. There must be an awareness which is not of thought. To be aware, without condemnation or justification, of the activities of the self — just to be aware — is sufficient.

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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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