How can the mind transform itself : Krishnamurti

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Addressing to large audiences at Brockwood Park on 27 August 1983, this was Krishnamurti’s first talk in series The World of Peace.

In This talks J. Krishnamurti discusses,

 Is it possible to bring about a mutation in the very brain cells themselves conditioned for thousands of years? Either one says that it is not possible and closes the door or one says I really don’t know. 

Without any choice am I aware that my brain is conditioned? 

What is the nature of conditioning? It is essentially experience and knowledge.

Why is the structure of the psyche essentially based on knowledge? 

What am I without memory? 

Is it possible to live psychologically without memories? 

Division between memory and the observer creates conflict. 

Excerpts from this talks…

Most of us are so arrogant because we rely so much on our knowledge. We are certain; our beliefs, our conclusions our desires are so strong that we have lost all sense of deep, natural humility, which again, it is a fact – how strong when a Frenchman says, ‘I’m a Frenchman’ or when you say, ‘I’m British’.

I don’t know if you have noticed – God-given race – and everyone feels this in every country. The other day an Indian was talking to us. He said, ‘We have the greatest culture in the world. We are the most highly civilised people.’ I said, ‘Yes, you are corrupt. You’re superstitious. Your beliefs have no value at all. Your ideals, your religion are just a stack of words.’ He said, ‘No, but we are still the highest culture.’ I said, ‘All right.’ No, no. Please don’t laugh. This applies to you too.

About Jiddu Krishnamurti 

Krishnamurti belonged to no religious organization, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. On the contrary, he maintained that these are the very factors that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war. Krishnamurti took on the challenge of modern scientists and psychologists and went with them step by step, discussed their theories and sometimes enabled them to discern the limitations of those theories. Krishnamurti spoke not as a guru but as a friend, and his talks and discussions are based not on tradition-based knowledge but on his own insights into the human mind and his vision of the sacred, so he always communicates a sense of freshness and directness although the essence of his message remained unchanged over the years.

When he addressed large audiences, people felt that Krishnamurti was talking to each of them personally, addressing his or her particular problem.

Krishnamurti was concerned with all humanity and stated that he held no nationality nor belief, belonging to no particular group or culture. In the latter part of his life he travelled mainly between the schools he founded in India, Britain and the United States, educating for the total understanding of man and the art of living. He stressed that only this profound understanding can create a new generation that will live in peace.

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