Freedom from the Known

By changing ourselves, we can alter the structure of society and our relationships. The vital need for change and the recognition of its very possibility form an essential part of this important book's message.

Author: J Krishnamurti

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407060791

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Born in poverty in India, Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) became a leading spiritual and philosophical thinker whose ideas continue to influence us today. George Bernard Shaw declared that he was the most beautiful human being he had ever seen and Aldous Huxley was one of his close friends. Whether debating politics with Nehru, discussing theories with Rupert Sheldrake and Iris Murdoch, or challenging his students not to take his words at face value, Krishnamurti engaged fully with every aspect of life. He is regarded by many modern religious figures as a great teacher, an extraordinary individual with revolutionary insights; Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra are all indebted to his writings. Freedom from the Known is one of Krishnamurti's most accessible works. Here, he reveals how we can free ourselves radically and immediately from the tyranny of the expected. By changing ourselves, we can alter the structure of society and our relationships. The vital need for change and the recognition of its very possibility form an essential part of this important book's message.


This is a revised and expanded reprinting of the original book that was published in 1986.

Author: Jeffrey Green

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781533574152


Page: 184

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Uranus: Freedom From the Known primarily focuses on the archetype of liberation from existing inner dynamics that are preventing the evolution of the Soul, the archetype of trauma(s), and the archetypal correlations to anatomy, physiology, and the chakra system. This is a revised and expanded reprinting of the original book that was published in 1986.

J Krishnamurti and the Nameless Experience

Describing the nature of true meditation , Krishnamurti says in the book The Awakening of Intelligence : In meditation one has to find out whether there is an end to knowledge and so to freedom from the known .

Author: Rohit Mehta

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120805903

Category: Individuality

Page: 505

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J. Krishnamurti is one of the most revolutionary thinkers of our age. To listen to him or to read his books is an experience by itself. He challenges every norm and value of individual as well as social life. He is not interested in mere outer changes; he stands for a fundamental transformation, what he calls the Mutation of the Mind. He states that there must arise first the New Man before a New Society can be brought into existence. The present book deals comprehensively with all aspects of Krishnamurti`s teachings, his philosophy, his psychology and a practice of no-practice. Krishnamurti says: Society is always static; only in the individual can there be a radical revolution. It is with this individual revolution that this book is fundamentally concerned.

The First and Last Freedom

In "The First and Last Freedom", Krishnamurti argues that we will not find truth in formal institutions, nor in organised religions and their dogmas, nor in any guru or outside authority; for, according to Krishnamurti, truth can only be ...

Author: J. Krishnamurti

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1846043751

Category: Philosophy, Indic

Page: 352

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If truth can set us free, where do we find it? In The First and Last Freedom, Krishnamurti argues that we will not find truth in formal institutions, nor in organised religions and their dogmas, nor in any guru or outside authority; for, according to Krishnamurti, truth can only be realised through self-understanding. Controversial and challenging, yet always enlightening, Krishnamurti guides us through society's common concerns, such as suffering and fear, love and loneliness, sex and death, the meaning of life, the nature of God, and personal transformation - consistently relating these topics to the essential search for pure truth and perfect freedom. This classic philosophical and spiritual study offers wisdom and insights particularly suited to our own uncertain times.

Krishnamurtis Notebook

We are afraid of this total destruction of the known, the ground of the self, the me and the mine; the known is better than the unknown, the known with its confusion, conflict and misery; freedom from this known may destroy what we call ...

Author: J Krishnamurti

Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation Trust UK

ISBN: 1911140965

Category: Philosophy

Page: 198

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When Krishnamurti's Notebook first became available in 1976, it was soon realized that it was a spiritually unique document giving his perceptions and experiences and describing his states of consciousness. It is a kind of diary but one that is little concerned with the day to day process of living, though very much aware of the natural world. Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11 May 1895 in Madanapalle, a small town in south India. He and his brother were adopted in their youth by Dr Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. Dr Besant and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be a world teacher whose coming the Theosophists had predicted. To prepare the world for this coming, a world-wide organization called the Order of the Star in the East was formed and the young Krishnamurti was made its head. In 1929, however, Krishnamurti renounced the role that he was expected to play, dissolved the Order with its huge following, and returned all the money and property that had been donated for this work. From then, for nearly sixty years until his death on 17 February 1986, he travelled throughout the world talking to large audiences and to individuals about the need for a radical change in mankind. Krishnamurti is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday lives, of the problems of living in modern society with its violence and corruption, of the individual's search for security and happiness, and the need for mankind to free itself from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt, and sorrow. He explained with great precision the subtle workings of the human mind, and pointed to the need for bringing to our daily life a deeply meditative and spiritual quality. 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. He reminded his listeners again and again that we are all human beings first and not Hindus, Muslims or Christians, that we are like the rest of humanity and are not different from one another. He asked that we tread lightly on this earth without destroying ourselves or the environment. He communicated to his listeners a deep sense of respect for nature. His teachings transcend man-made belief systems, nationalistic sentiment and sectarianism. At the same time, they give new meaning and direction to mankind's search for truth. His teaching, besides being relevant to the modern age, is timeless and universal. 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. In his private interviews, he was a compassionate teacher, listening attentively to the man or woman who came to him in sorrow, and encouraging them to heal themselves through their own understanding. Religious scholars found that his words threw new light on traditional concepts. 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 left a large body of literature in the form of public talks, writings, discussions with teachers and students, with scientists and religious figures, conversations with individuals, television and radio interviews, and letters.

The Awakening of Intelligence

In meditation one has to find out whether there is an end to knowledge and so to freedom from the known. If meditation is a continuation of knowledge, is the continuation of everything that man has accumulated, then there is no freedom.

Author: J. Krishnamurti

Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation Trust UK

ISBN: 1912875020

Category: Philosophy

Page: 298

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This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti's teachings is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the great philosopher's thought. With among others, Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, and Swami Venkatasananda, Krishnamurti examines such issues as the role of the teacher and tradition; the need for awareness of 'cosmic consciousness; the problem of good and evil; and traditional Vedanta methods of help for different levels of seekers.

Psychological Revolution The Collected Works of J Krishnamurti Vol 13

See also Creation ; Dull mind ; Free mind Creative movement : and freedom from the known , 219 Criticism : and self - criticism , 93 Cruelty : and the need to fulfill , 295 Culture : and experience , 220 ; and the shaping of thought ...

Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation of America

ISBN: 9780840362872

Category: Ethics


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Exploration Into Insight

So , there is an action which is nonrepetitive and therefore freedom from the known is attention in the unknown . P : Freedom from the known is also within the brain cells . The brain cells are the known but the freedom from the known ...

Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd.

ISBN: 9780575051546

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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Discussions which raise central psychological and spiritual issues facing mankind. They should help to elucidate many points for those already familiar with the author's ideas. Others, reading him for the first time, may be struck by the clarity of his insights and their challenging message.

Second Krishnamurti Reader

tradiction will always exist if there is no freedom from the known , which is the past . Freedom from the past means living in the now which is not of time , in which there is only this movement of freedom , untouched by the past ...

Author: Mary Lutyens

Publisher: Penguin Books India

ISBN: 9780143029144


Page: 320

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Changing Oneself, Changing The World. Genuine Reform, Says Krishnamurti, Can Be Brought About Only By Individuals Who Have Discovered What It Is To Love And To See . In This Radical Text, Which Brings Together Two Of His Most Popular And Influential Works, The Only Revolution And The Urgency Of Change, The Spiritual Teacher Who Rebelled Against Religion Points To A New Order Arising When We Have Ceased To Be Envious And Vicious And Have Died To Everything We Know, For Only Then Can We Give Birth To The Innocence That Allows The Timeless New To Come Into Being . The Traditional Reformer, By Contrast, Merely Patches The Old. It Is Through A Meditative Mind That Dissolves The Distinction Between Oneself And The World That Life Takes On Meaning And The Beauty Of The Heavens And The Earth Is Constant . Krishnamurti Says, Simply: When You Are Not, Love Is. Seeing, He Declares, Is The Greatest Of Skills. In These Pages, Gently, He Helps Us To Open Our Hearts And Our Eyes.

A Wholly Different Way of Living

So , what is this freedom from the known ? I think that is very important to understand because any creative action – I am using the word creative in its original sense , not in the sense of creative writing , creative bakery , creative ...

Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd.

ISBN: 9780575051669

Category: Philosophy

Page: 269

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In a time of unprecedented outer change in the political and social spheres, is there a fundamental inner challenge that faces each one of us? In these 18 dialogues, Krishnamurti indicates that pinning hopes on organized religion, science, political ideology or the market economy not only fails to address basic human problems, but actually creates them. Instead, he discusses with Professor Anderson the concept of a wholly different way of living.

Know Thyself Attain Hapiness Live A Good Life

Jiddu Krishnamurti, Freedom From the Known, pp. 12–13. Krishnamurti, Freedom From the Known, p. 15. Krishnamurti, Freedom From the Known, p. 76. Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom, p. 78. Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom, ...

Author: Dr. A. P. Sharma

Publisher: V&S Publishers

ISBN: 9350572656

Category: Self-Help

Page: 121

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Presented in the most lucid style, the purpose of the book is not merely to know the characteristics of the self. It is also to find out about the truth of existence and beyond death,as well as to learn the process to knowledge. Only then the individual would discover the reasons for his selfishness, hatred, anger, fear that he cradles everyday in his life. The issue to have the knowledge of the `self` is very obscure. Yet the ideas presented in the book are not only inspirational but also introspective and embody the qualitative rational techniques to reach higher recesses of consciousness and soul-realization. The book is captivating as examples from real-life situations have been quoted to explain what is the nature of the Self and how it can transcend to tranquillity, peace and permanent bliss. Some Glimpses: *Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you *The Western point of view about Self--Greek Ideas, European Contention and Five Theories of Mind *The Eastern Approach--Vedantic conception, Gita`s mantras, Jiva as a conscious substance *Western dilemma and the Eastern approach--concept of unity and the quest for unity

Crisis in Consciousness

How is the mind to free itself from the known? It is only in that state of freedom from the known that there can be creation, which can then be translated as inventiveness, as the creativeness of an artist, as this or that—all of which ...

Author: J Krishnamurti

Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation America

ISBN: 1912875039

Category: Philosophy

Page: 298

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Krishnamurti posits that if the politicians and scientists wanted to end starvation in the world it could be done—food, clothing, and shelter for everyone. 'It could be done, but they are not going to do it as long as their thinking is based on nationalism, on motives of their own personal profit. And even if this far-reaching outward change were brought about, it seems to me that the problem is much deeper. The problem is not merely starvation, war, the brutality of man to man; it is the crisis in our own consciousness. Fundamentally the problem lies within.' In this volume, Krishnamurti takes great care to elucidate this necessity of a revolution within our consciousness—where the problem lies—before we expect any kind of revolutionary change outside of ourselves.

Apotheosis Now

The First and Last Freedom (HarperCollins ebooks, 2010), ch. 4. Chapter. Five. 1. Krishnamurti, Jiddu, and Mary Lutyens. Freedom from the Known (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2009), ch. 1. 2. Krishnamurti, Jiddu, and Mary Lutyens.

Author: Yanhao Huang

Publisher: Yanhao Huang

ISBN: 1777681219

Category: Self-Help

Page: 260

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Many of us are starting to become tired of this game of life. We have been comparing and striving all our life. But no matter how much success we have achieved—we are still hollow and still have found nothing fulfilling. We don’t even know if happiness exists because it is no longer a living thing in our experience—it has become dead, as we only know it as a concept or memory. We have sought self-help advice, philosophies, and religious teachings to transform ourselves but have not gotten anywhere. We have made some superficial improvements—like adopting a new mindset—but our core remains the same. We are still competitive, still fearful, and we get disturbed all the time. The problem with all attempts at self-improvement is that we do not address the fundamental problem, which is: who is the “you” who needs to be improved? We do not see that the one who is making the improvement is the same one who needs to be improved. The more we try to improve, the more conflict we introduce, within and without. The more knowledge we stuff in our heads, the more we become trapped in a conceptual prison of reality. Inevitably, the more confused we get in life. The book guides the reader out of their distorted beliefs to experience reality beyond the mind. When the deeper intelligence is allowed to flourish without our mind's interference, then the game of life becomes effortless.

J Krishnamurti A Life of Compassion beyond Boundaries

28 To Krishnamurti, freedom from everything one knows, from all knowledge, is essential for a religious life. But to be free of it, one had to explore and investigate the known. 'Then, in the very investigation of the known, ...

Author: Roshen Dalal

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9389109655

Category: Biography & Autobiography


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Among the most famous visionaries of our times, J. Krishnamurti (1895–1986) continues to transform thought, lifestyles, and education across continents more than three decades after his death. In this new biography, tracing the nine long decades of his life, from his growing-up years, his relationships to his writings and talks, Roshen Dalal provides a much-needed corrective – an objective and balanced view of his legacy. Adopted by Theosophists at the age of fourteen, and proclaimed a world teacher and messiah, in 1929, Krishnamurti dissolved the Order of the Star created for him and went on to develop his own philosophy. What is it about his ideas that draws the following of generations of people? Delivered to a divided world then, what makes his message so relevant now? While his ideas on education are idealistic, why do they continue to be everlasting in their contribution and appeal? Krishnamurti’s vision is of a world without boundaries or wars, a world where compassion and goodness predominate, and his message is that such a world can be arrived at only through individual transformation.B24 There is no direct path to transformation, yet through intense perception and understanding, it is possible to achieve this goal. Carefully reconstructing the events and extracting the essence of his talks, Dalal dispels several myths, explains his teachings, and reveals the underlying theosophical and occult influence in Krishnamurti’s life. Here is the most complete biography yet, of one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century.

A Psychological Revolution

Now, the only real freedom is freedom from the known. Please follow this a little bit. It is freedom from the past. The known has its place, obviously. I must know certain things in order to function in everyday life.

Author: J Krishnamurti

Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation America

ISBN: 1912875012

Category: Philosophy

Page: 298

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The psychological revolution that Krishnamurti refers to is not only in the conscious mind, but also in the unconscious. He states, 'This is one of our difficulties, perhaps our major difficulty: to be free of the whole content of the unconscious.' This hidden part of our consciousness is the result of 'many thousands of years of man's endeavor; we are the sum total of his struggles, his hopes, his despairs, his everlasting search for something beyond, and this piling up of experience is still going on within us. To be aware of that conditioning, and to be free of it, demands a great deal of attention.'

Facing a World in Crisis

So how is the mind to bring about a harmony in which there is no division between the known and freedom from the known? The known as knowledge, the functioning of thought, and freedom from it. The two moving together, the two in perfect ...

Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834824043

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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J. Krishnamurti, one of the most beloved and renowned religious teachers of the twentieth century, often taught his students that they must look at the state of the world, with all its violence and conflict, if they are ever to understand themselves. To turn away from world events was for him not to be alive to what life has to teach. Facing a World in Crisis presents a selection of talks that Krishnamurti gave on how to live in and respond to troubling and uncertain times. His message of personal responsibility and the importance of connecting with the broader world is presented in a nonsectarian and nonpolitical way. Direct and ultimately life-affirming, Facing a World in Crisis will resonate with readers today who are looking for a new way to understand and find hope in challenging times.

Letters to the Schools

read , write and so on , but the emphasis is on psychological freedom instead of the acquisition of knowledge , though that is necessary . ... Our life is from the known to the known , so there is never freedom from the known .

Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd.

ISBN: 9789062717583

Category: Education

Page: 132

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