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Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day: Contradiction

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'CONTRADICTION'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'

We see contradiction in us and about us; because we are in contradiction, there is lack of peace in us and therefore outside us. There is in us a constant state of denial and assertion - what we want to be and what we are. The state of contradiction creates conflict and this conflict does not bring about peace - which is a simple, obvious fact. This inward contradiction should not be translated into some kind of philosophical dualism, because that is a very easy escape. That is by saying that contradiction is a state of dualism we think we have solved it - which is obviously a mere convention, a contributory escape from actuality.Read more



French translation by Anh Tho Andres @YourVietnamExpert.com 
Vietnamese translation by Cuong Phan, Kim Hoang, Bich Hong, Bao Han 
German translation by Han Dang-Klein 
Italian translation by P…

Carnets de J. Krishnamurti

Original Title in English: Krishnamurti's Notebook published by the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd, 1976.
French Translation: Carnets de J. Krishnamurti
Translator: Marie-Bertrande Maroger
Publishers: Editions du Rocher, Editor: Jean-Paul Bertrand for the French version (1988)
ISBN: 2268013006

About the Book:
Dans ce compte-rendu quotidien exceptionnel, nous assistons à ce que l'on pourrait appeler le jaillissement même de l'enseignement de Krishnamurti, son éclosion naturelle. Comme il l'écrit lui-même dans ces pages : "Il se produit à chaque fois quelque chose de nouveau dans cette bénédiction, une nouvelle qualité, un nouveau parfum, mais pourtant elle est sans changement"; de même, l'enseignement n'est jamais identique, bien que souvent répété. Tout comme les arbres, les montagnes, les fleuves, les nuages, la lumière du soleil, les oiseaux et les fleurs décrits à maintes reprises sont éternellement nouveaux, puisqu'il les voit chaque fois avec de…

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day: Desire

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'DESIRE'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'


FOR MOST OF us, desire is quite a problem: the desire for property, for position, for power, for comfort, for immortality, for continuity, the desire to be loved, to have something permanent, satisfying, lasting, something which is beyond time. Now, what is desire? What is this thing that is urging, compelling us? I am not suggesting that we should be satisfied with what we have or with what we are, which is merely the opposite of what we want. We are trying to see what desire is, and if we can go into it tentatively, hesitantly, I think we shall bring about a transformation which is not a mere substitution of one object of desire for another object of desire. This is generally what we mean by 'change', is it not? Being dissatisfied with one particular object of desire, we find a substitute for it. We are everlastingly moving …

Education and the Significance of Life

Original Title in English
By Author: Jiddu Krishamurti
Book reviews:

The primary premise of the book is that nearly all of the education system (govt. based, religious based, private) fail our children. These systems educate children to be good at techniques or skills, but do not educate them to know themselves.Without knowledge of oneself, children will grow to be conflicted between the reality of their true nature, and the constrictions of conforming to civil society or religious doctrine.

An educational system that truly sought to benefit the children would be staffed by adults who were continually studying themselves, and striving to deepen their own awareness, not just conformists seeking the safety of job, income and leisure. Only when open-minded, self-aware adults teach with true love can children learn to know themselves, and so lead dignified, effective lives.We are far from this vision, but it is worth it for each of us to walk along this path.   
(by Milo, Goodreads)

To quote J…

The First and Last Freedom

Original Title: The First and Last Freedom By Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti French Translation: La Première et Dernière Liberté About the book in French L'autorité de Krishnamurti n'a cessé de grandir. Il apporte une réponse à des questions fondamentales. Son seul souci est de rendre les hommes plus libres. A chacun d'abord de faire la lumière en lui-même, tel est le message de La première et dernière liberté. Si l'on ne se comprend pas soi-même, on ne peut penser vrai. Krishnamurti ne nous enferme dans aucun système. Il cherche à nous libérer par une interrogation, une mise en question permanente. 40e mille.

The First and Last FreedomContent listForeword by Aldous Huxley - The First and Last Freedom Foreword By Aldous HuxleyChapter 1 - Introduction - The First and Last Freedom Chapter 1 IntroductionChapter 2 - What Are We Seeking - The First and Last Freedom Chapter 2 'What Are We Seeking?'Chapter 3 - Individual And Society - The First and Last Freedom Chapter 3…

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day: On 'RELATIONSHIP AND ISOLATION'

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'RELATIONSHIP AND ISOLATION'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'

'RELATIONSHIP AND ISOLATION'

LIFE IS EXPERIENCE, experience in relationship. One cannot live in isolation, so life is relationship and relationship is action. And how can one have that capacity for understanding relationship which is life? Does not relationship mean not only communion with people but intimacy with things and ideas? Life is relationship, which is expressed through contact with things, with people and with ideas. In understanding relationship we shall have capacity to meet life fully, adequately. So our problem is not capacity - for capacity is not independent of relationship - but rather the understanding of relationship, which will naturally produce the capacity for quick pliability, for quick adjustment, for quick response.
Relationship, surely, is the mirror in which you discover yourself. …

On 'CONTRADICTION'

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'CONTRADICTION'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'
(contn'd)


Now what do we mean by conflict, by contradiction? Why is there a contradiction in me? - this constant struggle to be something apart from what I am. I am this, and I want to be that. This contradiction in us is a fact, not a metaphysical dualism. Metaphysics has no significance in understanding what is. We may discuss, say, dualism, what it is, if it exists, and so on; but of what value is it if we don't know that there is contradiction in us, opposing desires, opposing interests, opposing pursuits? I want to be good and I am not able to be. This contradiction, this opposition in us, must be understood because it creates conflict; and in conflict, in struggle, we cannot create individually. Let us be clear on the state we are in. There is contradiction, so there must be struggle; and struggle is destruction,…

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day: On FEAR

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'FEAR'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'

WHAT IS FEAR? Fear can exist only in relation to something, not in isolation. How can I be afraid of death, how can I be afraid of something I do not know? I can be afraid only of what I know. When I say I am afraid of death, am I really afraid of the unknown, which is death, or am I afraid of losing what I have known? My fear is not of death but of losing my association with things belonging to me. My fear is always in relation to the known, not to the unknown.

My inquiry now is how to be free from the fear of the known, which is the fear of losing my family, my reputation, my character, my bank account, my appetites and so on. You may say that fear arises from conscience; but your conscience is formed by your conditioning, so conscience is still the result of the known. What do I know? Knowledge is having ideas, having opinions about…

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day: On EFFORT

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'EFFORT'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom' FOR MOST OF US, our whole life is based on effort, some kind of volition. We cannot conceive of an action without volition, without effort; our life is based on it. Our social, economic and so-called spiritual life is a series of efforts, always culminating in a certain result. And we think effort is essential, necessary. Why do we make effort? Is it not, put simply, in order to achieve a result, to become something, to reach a goal? If we do not make an effort, we think we shall stagnate. We have an idea about the goal towards which we are constantly striving; and this striving has become part of our life. If we want to alter ourselves, if we want to bring about a radical change in ourselves, we make a tremendous effort to eliminate the old habits, to resist the habitual environmental influences and so on. So we are used to this ser…

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day: On BELIEF & KNOWLEDGE

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'BELIEF & KNOWLEDGE'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'



BELIEF AND KNOWLEDGE are very intimately related to desire; and perhaps, if we can understand these two issues, we can see how desire works and understand its complexities. One of the things, it seems to me, that most of us eagerly accept and take for granted is the question of beliefs. I am not attacking beliefs. What we are trying to do is to find out why we accept beliefs; and if we can understand the motives, the causation of acceptance, then perhaps we may be able not only to understand why we do it, but also be free of it. One can see how political and religious beliefs, national and various other types of beliefs, do separate people, do create conflict, confusion, and antagonism - which is an obvious fact; and yet we are unwilling to give them up. There is the Hindu belief the Christian belief, the Buddhist -…

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day 'ACTION & IDEA'

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'ACTION & IDEA'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'

I SHOULD LIKE TO discuss the problem of action. This may be rather abstruse and difficult at the beginning but I hope that by thinking it over we shall be able to see the issue clearly, because our whole existence, our whole life, is a process of action.
Most of us live in a series of actions, of seemingly unrelated, disjointed actions, leading to disintegration, to frustration. It is a problem that concerns each one of us, because we live by action and without action there is no life, there is no experience, there is no thinking. Thought is action; and merely to pursue action at one particular level of consciousness, which is the outer, merely to be caught up in outward action without understanding the whole process of action itself, will inevitably lead us to frustration, to misery. Our life is a series of actions or a pro…

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day: Self-Knowledge

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'SELF-KNOWLEDGE'
Original Title in English
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'

THE PROBLEMS OF the world are so colossal, so very complex, that to understand and so to resolve them one must approach them in a very simple and direct manner; and simplicity, directness, do not depend on outward circumstances nor on our particular prejudices and moods. As I was pointing out, the solution is not to be found through conferences, blueprints, or through the substitution of new leaders for old, and so on, The solution obviously lies in the creator of that problem, in the creator of the mischief, of the hate and of the enormous misunderstanding that exists between human beings, The creator of this mischief, the creator of these problems, is the individual, you and I, not the world as we think of it. The world is your relationship with another. The world is not something separate from you and me; the world, societ…

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day: 'ACTION & IDEA' (Vietnamese version)

Krishnamurti - One Definition A Day
'ACTION & IDEA'
Original Title in English, click here to view Vietnamese Translation 'hành động và ý tưởng' by Bich Hong @yourvietnamexpert.com
By Author: J. Krishnamurti¨
Abstract from 'The First and Last Freedom'
Tôi muốn thảo luận vấn đề về hành động. Điều này có thể hơi khó hiểu và khó khăn lúc ban đầu nhưng tôi hy vọng rằng bằng cách suy nghĩ về nó, chúng ta có thể nhìn ra vấn đề một cách rõ ràng, bởi vì toàn bộ sự tồn tại của chúng ta, cuộc sống của chúng ta, là một tiến trình của hành động.
Hầu hết chúng ta sống trong chuỗi những hành động dường như không liên quan, rời rạc, dẫn đến sự tan vỡ, thất vọng. Nó là vấn đề ảnh hưởng đến mỗi chúng ta, bởi vì chúng ta sống bằng hành động và nếu không có hành động sẽ không có sự sống, không có kinh nghiệm, không có suy nghĩ. Suy nghĩ là hành động; và chỉ đơn thuần là theo đuổi hành động ở một mức độ cụ thể của ý thức, là phần bên ngoài, chỉ được bắt kịp bởi hành động hướng ngoại m…