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The Ending of Time - a Review

“The Ending of Time” - part 1

In last month's review, “The Awakening of Intelligence”, mention was made of David Bohm, a professor of Theoretical Physics, of great renown in his field, and with several highly acclaimed books to his name. Krishnamurti and Bohm held many dialogues together over a span of 25 years, which were highly significant in exposing K's teachings to scientific rigour, and relating those teachings to main stream science, especially in the field of Quantum Theory and the study of the brain.

One of the most important series of dialogues, 15 in all, was published in a book under the title “The Ending of Time” (1980). The range and depth of the material is so extraordinary that this review of the book will be spread over the next few months. Throughout his adult life, most of K's talks and dialogues were concerned with exploring and understanding the human mind/psyche (as Mary Lutyens said of Krishnamurti: “He is about what you are about”), the “what is” of our everyday life, but in The Ending of Time K and Bohm penetrate beyond the limits of human consciousness, into Emptiness, The Universal Mind, Pure Energy, and even beyond this into the very source of everything - “The Ground of Everything” as they refer to it.

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The first dialogue is titled “The Roots of Psychological Conflict”, and in it mankind's early history is examined, the first development of the cortex, the thinking brain. The questioned is posed “Has humanity taken a wrong turn?”, and this question becomes one of the major themes of the whole book. It is suggested that this wrong turn is connected with the development of the ego, which is always trying to achieve (psychologically), to become other that it is.

This becoming is part of the psychological time of the title of the book, and K asks if this time can actually end

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