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Is Freedom from Conditioning Really Possible?
Talk 39 min.
2 minute K anecdote: conditioning and time
Prof. Krishna: Are K's Teachings Practical?
May 2, 2010 - 52 min.
Certainty, Mind, and the Brain
Dr. Robert Burton & Prof. Frode Steen - November 14, 2009
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Kierkegaard: Connecting the Dots
The dots, in this case, are selected from a collection of quotes from his works, now numbering over 500. The dots I have selected to highlight for connecting are connected by a singular theme, that being the notion of something raised to the second power. Respectively, that something will be consciousness, reflection, subjectivity, understanding, Christianity, and dialectical truth. I will connect those highlighted dots to other dots with the intent to…Continue
Major similarities have been noted between the teachings of K and those of Gurdjieff (see Harry Benjamin et al).
This page about K cites both "The Flame of Attention" (a mature work from 1983) and "At the Feet of the Master" (a work of disputed authorship from 1910), which is a curious mix.
When I heard the learn'd astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the…Continue
Reposting my blog for Ariana here with the hope that she'll find it thought provoking :
What follows is an extract from " The End of Faith " by Sam Harris :
The World beyond Reason
As we will see in the last chapter of this book, there is little doubt
that a certain range of human experience can be appropriately
described as "spiritual" or "mystical"—experiences of meaningfulness, selflessness, and…
The power of disappointing them, it was true, must always be hers. But that was not enough; for when people are determined on a mode of conduct which they know to be wrong, they feel injured by the expectation of any thing better from them. - Jane Austen -
Posted by Jane on April 12, 2015 at 2:56pm
Do you think there's something fundamentally wrong with thought; that you should be able to go beyond thought to something you can't explain or understand, but which you fervently believe will whisk you away from all the trials and tribulations of the human condition? Well, you're not crazy and you're not alone. Those of us here in the K-world are at your…
Krishnamurti gave great importance to sensitivity. He felt that if everyone was sensitive enough to appreciate the natural world and the human condition, there would be no war or slavery or cruelty in any form. Theoretically, this is so. But actually, it is just a thrilling idea. That is, if by some inexpressible, indescribable, inscrutable means, a human being…
From Krishnamurti: 100 Years: Evelyne Blau
A Personal Account by Dr. Asha Lee, November, 1969, Rishi Valley
"The school had many gardens so I was delighted to do the ﬂowers in his apartment when Krishnaji arrived. Early in the morning at four, or late in the afternoon after the sun had gone down I would walk through the gardens and cut the ﬂowers so they would be fresh. If I cut them at night, I would put them in buckets of water to keep until the morning. My object was to go…Continue
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All these years of participating in dialogues pertaining to K seem to have accomplished absolutely nothing. Nothing has changed in my life. Thought still rules, and where thought rules, there is no observation. Broadly speaking, of course. In the margins one might argue otherwise, but that would merely be a waste of time.Is there something I'm doing wrong. Or is there something I'm failing to do? But when I look around, much the same picture appears everywhere. And of course K did…Continue
Started by Hermann Janzen. Last reply by Hermann Janzen 26 minutes ago.
There are Gurus who imply that they have found the TRUTH, a single TRUTH for all problems. And they have Disciples to follow them, who are themselves are Seekers of Truth, since the Gurus never disclose the TRUTH they have found.Since these Gurus never explain what that TRUTH is or how one can find the same, they are either cheaters or false Gurus or both. Hence, TRUTH becomes an assumed thing, an assumption not even based on known facts as in science, therefore an Unknown thing. How one can…Continue
Started by Yogi Irushad. Last reply by Yogi Irushad 5 hours ago.
I am a fairly well-educated, fairly intelligent, fairly ordinary human being, with all the usual neuroses and habits of modern life: the sexual frustrations, the desire for security, the fear of loneliness, rejection, the longing for something better mixed with a deep sense of inertia, and so on and so on. My question is: what is the first step in changing all this or in stepping away from all this? Or, I have got used to insanity and I want to stay there because it is a known field. In which…Continue
Started by Paul D. Last reply by Hermann Janzen 17 hours ago.
Under any circumstances, why are we trying to clear up all these matters by talking together? Say I suffer some distress, some disappointment, or I am wanting answers, I might end up talking with someone about this, but actually isn't it affecting me immediately? What is this immediate affect? Is it because I don't understand this, don't have any suitable knowledge, I turn to talking about it? I am looking for understanding, knowledge, information. This is a very familiar practice. Some people…Continue
Started by Peter Stephens. Last reply by Peter Stephens yesterday.
Perhaps, years later, maybe we should look at this quote and say 'nobody gets it'?Do you get it?Or do you maybe only think you get it?Are you speculating about it?Do you believe it?Do you have opinions about it?Do you see it?What use are thoughts about it?If you don't get it, why not?What prevents you from 'getting it'?Continue
Started by Chris Dent. Last reply by Peter Stephens on Saturday.
Is it possible to create a new culture based on K's teachings?Not based on greed, glamour, acquisition, domination, fear, longing, sorrow, and escape?Not based on "me" and "you" but "us"?A culture where artists don't sign their name?Where no entertainment lawyers are needed?What would such a culture be like, this K-culture?."Without that creativeness which is not of time, which is not of thought, we cannot bring about a vitally different culture, a different state of human relationship? Is it…Continue
Started by someone. Last reply by Chris Dent on Saturday.
A scribe of the Pharasees tested Jesus' knowledge of the Law (i.e., the Torah or Pentateuch), asking "Which is the first [or greatest] commandment of all?"[Mark 12:29-30:]"And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.[which paraphrases Deuteronomy 6:4–9, Deuteronomy 11:13-21,…Continue
Started by someone. Last reply by Adith on Friday.