This is a fantastic book summarising a lot of the key teachings from the late Jiddu Krishnamurti.
After spending his childhood and many years as a young adult being groomed as a “World Teacher” he rejected his imposed obligations and dedicated the rest of his wonderful life to inspiring people to free themselves from ego and its associated madness.
There are innumerable words of wisdom to be taken from the book, a few of which I will share with you now and you can also see summarised in the mind map
- The key to change is understanding. To truly understand aproblem is to act upon it and therefore resolve it.
- The “observer” and the “observed”. You act and then the voice in your head judges that action through commentary (criticism, anger, complaint, comparison…). The voice in your head likes to think it is separate from “who” is doing the acting, but it’s not true; they are one and the same. This separation is a fundamental cause of human suffering as we avoid responsibility and attribute blame.
- Real understanding comes only through observation without commentary.
- Time does not exist. It is a creation of thought, and the very creation of the “past” and the “future” lends itself to suffering through living in them, rather than in the only reality which is this precious living moment right now, and now, and now…:-)
- True freedom is when you are free from the past and future, unconditionally. Free from your knowledge, experiences, fears and desires so you can live joyously in the present moment. Don’t try and label it as thought cannot comprehend or describe true freedom…
- True love is not an emotion and not conditioned by any demand or requirement. True love cannot be understood by thought so cannot be adequately described with words.
Jiddu Krishnamurti was focused on ending human suffering and above all encouraged people to think for themselves. To take the time to ask ourselves existential questions and to follow the answers through to the end. To truly understand human behaviour in general, as we are all essentially the same when it comes to basic emotions.
He pointed out the current violent state of the world, despite thousands of years of organised religions – what has to change? The individual. We are only responsible for changing ourselves, but that one change can start a chain reaction. If you want change in the world, then BE that change.
I highly recommend this book as a guide to understanding all the facets of human behaviour and to clarify why we are as we are and how we can improve and contribute more peace and harmony to our lives and the lives of those around us.