Reviews, summaries, excerpts of some of the library CDs
The Accompanying Cd – A Variety Of Excerpts from J. Krishnamurti CD #RR04C3
Tracks 1-2 (19 minutes)
From: "Can Insight Uncondition the Mind"
This is from a series of dialogues between Krishnamurti and Professor David Bohm, who was Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of London.
It is available form the Krishnamurti-nz CD library - # BR80D2 (see also #BR80D1)
The full series of 15 dialogues, commonly known as "The Ending of Time", is available from the Audio tape library #4.701 - #4.715.
12 of these dialogues, which took place over the year 1980 at the Krishnamurti Centres at Brockwood Park, UK and Ojai, California, were published as a book entitled "The Ending of Time"; this is also available from the book library #6.05.
"Has humanity taken a wrong turn?"
"Can psychological time end, completely?"
"Death has very little meaning"
Track 3 (14 minutes)
From "Awakening Intelligence in Students"
This was a discussion with teachers at one of the Krishnamurti Schools in India, Rishi Valley, in 1970.
The complete discussion is available from the CD library #RV70DA&B (two CDs).
"Is it possible to awaken, or bring about, a quality if Intelligence which will act adequately when any problem arises in the life if the student?"
Tracks 4 – 7 (19 minutes)
From "The Art of Listening"
This is number 10 in a series of dialogues between Krishnamurti and Allan W Anderson, who was professor of religious studies at San Diego State University.
There are 18 discussions in all; they took place in 1974 and have been entitled "A Wholly Different Way of Living".
All 18 dialogues are available from the CD library #SD74D1 - D18
"Do we actually see, or do we see through a screen darkly? A screen of prejudice, a screen of our idiosyncrasies, experiences, our wishes, pleasures, fears, and obviously our images about that which we see and about ourselves? So we have this screen after screen between us and the object of perception. So do we ever see the thing at all?"
Tracks 8 – 9 (17 minutes)
From the start of the first public talk given at Ojai, California in 1983.
This has been entitled "You are a Bundle of Memories" and also "Responsibility for the World"
Available from the CD library #OJ83T1.
" This society, in which we all live, is corrupt, immoral, aggressive, destructive; and this society has been going on for thousands of years modified or primitive; but it is the same pattern being repeated thousands of years upon thousands of years. These are all facts. This is not the opinion or the judgment of the speaker.
So, as one must ask, and I hope you will ask, who is responsible? And what is one to do, confronted, facing this enormous crisis; if one is at all aware of this crisis?"
Roots of Psychological Disorder cd #OJ82CNM1
Ojai 1982 1st Conversation with Drs. Bohm, Sheldrake & Hidley - 16th April, 1982
What is psychological disorder? Isn't self-centred activity the origin of all disorder? Disorder is the very nature of the self - have psychologists tackled this problem? Is to struggle, to suffer, to live in disorder, a natural way of living? I am society, the result of all its conditioning, also my individualistic activity has created this society. Do we accept this conditioning - is it possible to be free of it? 60 min.
Psychological Suffering cd #OJ82CNM2
Ojai 1982 2nd Conversation with Drs. Bohm, Sheldrake & Hidley - 17th April, 1982
Is it possible to live a life free from disorder? What is security? Not being hurt and not hurting. Ideas, emotions, reactions - all this is me. The possibility of not having images. Identifying and wanting to become. Avoidance of "what is" is an escape but to look at it is not. If I see the fact that responsibility is order, I am responsible. In division we think there is security. No security or order in isolation. 60 min.
The Need for Security cd #OJ82CNM3
Ojai 1982 3rd Conversation with Drs. Bohm, Sheldrake & Hidley - 17th April, 1982
Is there such a thing as absolute psychological security, and why do I want it? Is it to feel content, without fear, anxiety, agony? Is it that unconsciously we know the self is unstable? If the content of our consciousness can be changed, would there be need for security? The content of one's consciousness is unclear, messy, but we don't recognize this mess is me. To empty the content of consciousness so that the self is not. 61 min.
What Is a Healthy Mind? cd #OJ82CNM4
Ojai 1982 4th Conversation with Drs. Bohm, Sheldrake & Hidley - 18th April, 1982
The importance of attention. Attention implies a great deal of care, affection, love, not just mental but with all your being. Thought thinks what it has created is holy - can we understand that there is nothing holy about thought? To find out if there is anything sacred I must start very near - with me. Is attention an act of will? In attention is the mind silent? When there is a great silence, then that which is eternal is. 57 min.
"Inward Flowering" cd #BR76D & #RR05C4 Education Collection
A discussion, mostly with students, at Brockwood Park School, in 1976.
"I think it would be good if we could talk over this morning the question of whether here, in this community, each one is flowering, and growing inwardly. Or are we each following a certain narrow groove, so that at the end of our life we will realise that we have never taken the opportunity to flower completely, and regret it the rest of our life?" Could we go into that?
We should ask, I think, not only now as students at Brockwood, but also as educators, whether we are inwardly and perhaps also outwardly – they are really related – whether we are growing, not physically taller or stronger, but inwardly, psychologically, flowering".
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"Will you be like the rest of the world?" cd # RV70T1 & #RR05C4 Education Collection
A discussion with students at Rishi Valley Krishnamurti School, India, in 1970
"You are going out from this place, so called educated, pass some exams, and go out into the world.
The world . . . is like a jungle, where everybody is against another. Each human being is fighting the other human beings, and society is built like that.
You're going to be thrown out into that world, where you will go to University, get a degree, get married, get a job, and all the rest of it; children and so on and on. But around you, in your office, everywhere, there is this endless battle going on. It's really like a jungle.
How does one prepare oneself to live in that jungle? That is really a very important educational question . . . . "
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"You must question everything" cd # RA69T1 & #RR05C4 Education Collection
A talk at Rajghat Krishnamurti School, in 1969
"[The students] are questioning everything! And you must! Your habits, your traditions, your values, - moral values, ethical values, - your society, your culture, everything must be questioned! Otherwise, if you don't question, you'll never find out.
And because [the scientists] have questioned, they have gone to the moon! Technologically they have questioned – but they don't question inwardly. They don't say "what am I living for?" "What is all this about?"
. . . so that you find out for yourself. So that you create a new human being in the world, not a human being that repeats, repeats, repeats; goes to college, passes exams, gets a job, family and then dies . . ."
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"What is the point of education?" cd # SD72D2 & #RR05C4 Education Collection
A dialogue between Krishnamurti and Professor Allan Anderson, of San Diego State University, in 1972
"What is the function, the quality of the educator? He must establish a relationship with the student which is not authoritarian; a relationship of mutual inquiry, study . . . . . . .
The love of what I'm doing explodes everything else; that very love is the highest form of excellence. The more I learn the more I love. Relationship in which all sense of making me conform to your ideal disappears, therefore it is a relationship of real affection and that is enough."
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"What is the intention of parents and educators?" cd # RV79T1 & #RR05C4 Education Collection
Talk 1 at the Rishi Valley educational conference, India, 1979
"What is the purpose of this so-called education? Is it to condition the children so that they have a career? Is it possible to cultivate the whole of the mind? ........... "
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"What is the function of a school?" cd # RV79T2 & #RR05C4 Education Collection
Talk 2 at the Rishi Valley educational conference, India, 1979
Krishnamurti points out that the word "school" means "leisure", and says:
"When you have leisure, when you are not busy with something or other, then you discovers a great deal. No book has it. And we . . . are living on books. . . somebody sells us ideas. But we have never looked into the book of ourselves, which is a very, very complex book. Endless chapters. And we haven't time, or inclination, to read that book. And at a school of this kind where there is a sense of beauty – this valley is a very beautiful, if you have notices it - to have all this, and not have leisure to look! [at it].
To learn from looking. I think that is much more important than learning from books.
One has to learn certain things from books. But to learn through what you see, what you hear, it brings about a great sense of sensitivity, which few people have, because they don’t look. They don't look at somebody's face, what sort of dress they are wearing, how they behave . . . they don't observe all these things. And I'm sure one learns far more through observation and hearing."