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Isbn: 978-87-1167-344-7
Publisher: Saga Egmont
Religion & Beliefs Philosophy
Accessible since: August 2021
Narrator: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Length: 1 hour 33 minutes


It Is Only a Very Silent Mind That Can Actually See – Amsterdam 1967

Listen to talks from J. Krishnamurti's Amsterdam gathering in The Netherlands, 1967.

This talk: It is only a very silent mind that can actually see – May 30, 1967.

• Conflict exists only when there are two opposing things: fear and non-fear, violence and non-violence.
• A mind that is in a state of inquiry is entirely different from a mind that is seeking. Seeking implies effort, conformity, authority and therefore conflict.
• Without space in which there is no boundary, the mind is incapable of coming upon immeasurable reality.
• It is only a silent mind that can perceive, actually see, not a chattering mind, a controlled mind, a mind that is tortured, suppressed, yielding or indulging.
• When one has totally denied the psychological world which man has created, and the psychological structure of society of which we are, then there is space and silence.
• Q: Could you define contemplation and meditation?
• Q: It is not possible ever to observe totally one's own irrational thoughts.
• Q: What does it mean to stand alone?

Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895 – February 17, 1986) was a world renowned writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual subjects. His subject matter included: the purpose of meditation, human relationships, the nature of the mind, and how to enact positive change in global society. Krishnamurti was born into a Telugu Brahmin family in what was then colonial India. In early adolescence, he had a chance encounter with prominent occultist and high-ranking theosophist C.W. Leadbeater in the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras (now Chennai). He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a 'vehicle' for an expected World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the world-wide organization (the Order of the Star) established to support it. He claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world as an individual speaker, speaking to large and small groups, as well as with interested individuals. He authored a number of books, among them 'The First and Last Freedom', 'The Only Revolution', and 'Krishnamurti's Notebook'. In addition, a large collection of his talks and discussions have been published. At age 90, he addressed the United Nations on the subject of peace and awareness, and was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal. His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at home in Ojai, California. His supporters, working through several non-profit foundations, oversee a number of independent schools centered on his views on education – in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States – and continue to transcribe and distribute many of his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and other writings, publishing them in a variety of formats including print, audio, video and digital formats as well as online, in many languages.

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