Jiddu Krishnamurti Teachings
This article analyzes Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings, particularly his understanding of the Eternal Living Reality & Religion. It goes on to expand on how we as humans have misinterpreted some of these important concepts.
Jiddu Krishnamurti Teachings: The Eternal Living Reality & Religion
- According to Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings, There is an eternal living reality. We can call it what you like: God, immortality, eternity, etc. There is something living, creative, and it cannot be described because it eludes all description.
- We cannot know of love through the description from another. We also cannot know the taste of salt until you have tasted salt for yourself.
- Unfortunately, we spend so much of our time looking for a description of truth. Instead, we should be trying to find out the manner of its realization for ourselves through our own personal understanding.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti warns us to be wary of the man who tries to describe this living reality. It cannot be described, and instead only experienced and lived.
- Once our mind gives up the division of time, (past, present, and future) then there can be a realization of that living eternal reality.
Jiddu Krishnamurti Teachings of “Complete” Actions
- According to Jiddu Krishnamurti, action is not complete in itself. It is instead propelled by motives, by fears, by guides, by reward or punishment. Therefore, our mind is incapable of understanding the continuous whole.
- When an action is born of completeness, not in the division of time, then the action is harmonious. This leads to a freedom from the restrictions of society, classes, races, religions, and acquisitiveness.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings asserts that action must be born of COMPLETE comprehension, a COMPLETE understanding by the individual. This understanding cannot be imposed by others.
- He also asserts that there is a living immortality, an eternity that cannot be described. It can only be understood in the FULLNESS of our own individual action.
- This cannot be understood as a part of a structure, not as a part of a social, political, or religious machine. We must experience TRUE INDIVIDUALITY before we can understand what is true.
Cause of Conflict
- To know the cause of our conflict, struggle, sorrow and a lack of harmony, we must know the cause in both mind and heart.
- Due to a lack of awareness of the deep causes in our suffering, we feel a desire to escape from that suffering. This desire for escape has now CREATED and VITALIZED our moral, social, and religious systems.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings of conflict can be looked at as a prevention of the flow of spontaneous action. This is accompanied with a disturbance of harmonious thought and feeling.
- When thought and emotion are inharmonious, there is conflict in action. (when the mind and heart are in a state of discord, they create a prevention of the expression of harmonious action, and hence conflict.)
- The incapacity to face experience in its completeness creates conflict, and the desire to escape from it.
- Due to the fact that we find conflict in life with all of its actions, its affections, and its thoughts, we want to escape to a satisfactory security. This leads us to have actions based on a desire for security.
- HOWEVER, there is no security in life – neither physical nor intellectual, neither emotional nor spiritual. If you feel secure, you can never find that living reality.
Physical Security is Crude!
- Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings claims physical security is a crude form of security. It shows itself in the desire to have a substantial bank account, or a good position in life according to society’s standards and norms.
- Once we grow dissatisfied with physical security, we turn to spiritual security.
- This then leads us to establish and vitalize those things which we call religion and organized spiritual beliefs.
- Through seeking security, we establish a form of religion, a system of philosophical thought to be caught up in and become enslaved to it.
- Therefore, religions with all their intermediaries, their ceremonies, their priests, destroy creative understanding and pervert judgement.
Belief Systems vs. Actions of Individuality
- When we are caught up in any belief, we cannot know the fullness of life. This belief is held by us because we derive continual support and encouragement from it.
- We cannot discuss God’s existence because our conceptions of god, reality, and TRUTH are speculative to say the least.
- In our attempt to find security, we set up an an authority and become slaves to that authority. (let it be religion, work, etc.)
- when there is authority born out of the search for security, in that authority are the roots of egotism.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings state that there is a division of thought. Where ideas of “I’, the idea of “mine” and “yours” exist, there can’t be a completeness in action. This will lead to not being able to understand the living reality.
- living reality expresses itself in the action of individuality.
- individuality: state in which action takes place through understanding, and is liberated from all standards – social, economic, or spiritual. An action born of the fullness of understanding rather than belief. (where egotism has roots in security, in tradition, in belief)
- The freedom of completeness is in the understanding of action, which is the harmony of mind and heart.
The Realization of Truth
- The realization of truth can only come when there is completeness of action without effort. (the ending of effort comes through the AWARENESS of hindrances, not when we try to conquer them)
- According to Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings, to be free from hindrances, we must strive to be fully conscious and fully aware in our heart and mind. Furthermore, an awareness of our whole being is required, and then through that awareness we will be free of hindrances.
- Do not seek a method, path or a way to the truth and instead become aware of the obstruction. We must use our individuality and not allow social constructs learnt in the past assist us in finding the truth. Nor is their an endpoint to being able to see all truths.
- A never ending effort for further individuality and a destruction of past social constructs needs to occur.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti teachings maintain that our actions need to be born out of completeness. Our actions cannot be about the illusion of security and in that completeness (harmony of mind and heart) is the realization of the eternal.
SOURCE: Jiddu Krishnamutr’s Stressa, Italy 1st Public Talk – July 2nd, 1933
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