Many people throughout human history have shared thoughtful and even profound philosophies and approaches to life. Very few of these people have had such a vast and closely read compendium as that of J. Krishnamurti. His discussions on self-consciousness are a frequent thread in his talks, and many of these have been recorded and transcribed. These talks are thought-provoking and provide a good perspective on how we look at ourselves and the world.
A Great Thinker Arrives
Jiddu Krishnamurit was born in 1895 in small town in south India. He was discovered and adopted by a religious woman who formed a large organization around him. But in his early 30s, Krishnamurti renounced his role and disbanded the organization. He returned all the money and property that had been donated to the organization.
For the rest of his life, Krishnamurti travelled the world talking to groups and individuals about the need for human change. He is regarded as one of the greatest thinkers and teachers who ever lived.
Discussions on Self-Consciousness and Relationship
In his talks, Krishnamurti asks listeners to reflect on what they hear in the world around them, and to look into their inner selves to understand the truth. He creates a dialog of questions and answers, helping listeners understand what is going on inside themselves.
Here is an excerpt from one of Krishnamurti’s discussions on self-consciousness.
“Existence implies being, which is relationship, and if we do not understand that relationship, there is no understanding of reality. But because relationship is painful, disturbing, constantly changing in its demands, we escape from it to what we call God, which we think is the pursuit of reality. The pursuer cannot pursue the real. He can only pursue his own ideal, which is self-projected.”
“So, our relationship and the understanding of it is true religion and nothing else is, because in that relationship is contained the whole significance of existence. In relationship, whether with people, with nature, with the trees, with the stars, with ideas, with the state – in that relationship is the whole uncovering of the thinker and the thought, which is man, which is mind. The self comes into being through the focus of conflict; the focusing of conflict gives self-consciousness to the mind. Otherwise there is no self, and though you may place that self on a high level, it is still the self of gratification.”
More Information on Krishnamurti
In keeping with Krishnamurti’s style, I won’t comment on the excerpt – I’ll let you consider the words yourself. You can find more information on J. Krishnamurti on Wikipedia, and in the Biography section of the official repository of his writings. That repository contains categorizations of his writings, so it’s easy to find a specific topic. I also recommend his books because they can provide a better perspective of his overall thoughts and teachings. They’re available on Amazon.
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