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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062510134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062510136
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 1994 Pages: 176 in Publisher: HARPER SAN FRANCISCO In 1950 Krishnamurti said: It is only when the mind is not escaping in any form that it is possible to be in direct communion with that thing we call lonliness. the alone. and to have communion with that thing. there must be affection. there must be love.On Love and Lonliness is a compelling investigation of our intimate relationships with ourselves. others. and society. Krishnamurti suggests that true relationship can come into being only when there is self-knowledge of the conditions which divide and islolate individuals and groups. Only by renouncing the self can we understand the problem of lonliness. and truly love.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By AWriter2 on 27 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
Like many people engaged in seeking, I had this book on my shelf alongside a few other 'pointers' but didn't delve into it until after reading Tolle's The Power of Now.

Reading the experience of those who's search has come to an end on sites like nondualitymgazine.org, I noticed Krishnamurti was mentioned sometimes, so I went back to my neglected copy.

I find Krishnamurti has a more gentle way of nudging you to enquire within, he has a ceaseless knack of getting you to face the Truth and strip away the conditioning surrounding every thought, opinion and ideal held dear to modern society. Unlike Tolle, he doesn't offer any explanations for this or that, rather points always towards you discovering for yourself why it is this way or that. Although the talks the book is based upon, range from the 1950s through to early 1980s, what he has to say is timeless and eternally relevant.

On Love and Loneliness is presented as a series of talks largely based on these themes, which are delivered sometimes as answers to an opening question, such as what to do when one feels lonely, or how to overcome it, Krishnamurti himself poses the more important questions like What is love ? and why is pleasure given such prominence in our lives? but do not expect plain, straightfoward answers because these are not the plain, straightforward questions they pretend to be.

Krishnamurti shows you that the answers to these questions rely on things much deeper within us, and on dismantling the constructs we have held in place so diligently throughout civilisation, and which are there to hold up our own inventions, conventions and ultimately the contradictions we struggle with daily. Ultimately, the answers lie within.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug 1998
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J. Krishnamurti's inquiries into the nature of love and loneliness provide useful tools for self-examination, crushing through the barriers of self-delusion with regard to common ideals of relationships with other human beings. More than any so-called "self-help" manual this volume can provide life changing information for the open-minded and willing reader.
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By Mal on 9 April 2013
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A deep guy obviously. Lots of food for thought but you will need an understanding of philosophy and the various ideas of Buddhism tho I think the author was from a Hindu background. Bit of a controversial character having been called by some the reincarnation of Christ. Even so it's an interesting read with a lot of insight into human nature and how it's all about the "me". Don't know if I'd be tempted to read any of his other works, maybe next winter......
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judy Croome on 30 Nov 2011
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Although I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed "Freedom from the Known," I still found it a useful, if somewhat difficult, read. My western trained mind baulked at some of the philosophical points posed, but Krishnamurti's ideas are good for provoking thinking outside the box of our own beliefs.

In essence he discusses the concepts of "alone-ness" versus "loneliness" and how our ability (or lack of it) to embrace the freedom of "alone-ness" will determine how lonely we are in our relationships.

As with Freedom of the Known, I found Krishnamurti quite depressing at times. I also found myself wondering whether he did, in fact, practice what he preached in his own life. Did his arrogance, no doubt springing from his supreme intelligence, hide a soul that spoke so eloquently of loneliness from a deep, personal acquaintance with that state of being? I suppose we'll never know.

There is enough wisdom in this book to make one overlook its flaws, and it is worth spending the time exploring "On Love and Loneliness" in depth.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
A Different Perspective of Reality! 3 Jan 2001
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Read this book only if you are really and truly interested in finding the path to freedom from emotional dependency. The great master makes you aware with his candid elocuence of all the emotional weigh and guilt that we needlessly carry through our short life span on earth. You will learn how your mind through the thought process plays tricks on you that sometimes make you see a distorted picture of reality. This book is not to be read while watching TV or doing other tasks. You must really concentrate to get the best out of it. But if you do, at the end you will enjoy a totally new outlook in life! May you find the profound inner peace that I found!
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
What is love ? 9 Aug 2002
By Inmind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like many people, I want to know what love is..
But if you don't know what it is, how would you recognised
it when it presents itself ?
In his book, Krishnamurti suggest a simple method.
Do not seek love, instead look at each individual feelings
that you have and ask yourself is this love or is this a path
to love ? Do not judge but simply observe. just patiently look
and let it reveal itself.
Love is not attachment, nor is it detachment.
Love does not contain fear nor is it pleasure.
There is beauty in love,
There is freedom in love,
There is understanding in love,
When you have removed "ALL" feelings/concepts/ideas which are
not love, then what remain must be love.
This is only my observations, and I encourage you to find your
own.
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Moving beyond common concepts 5 Oct 2000
By Michael Schelb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This particular collection of writings by Jiddu Krishnamurti has been of particular value in examining my own understanding of the nature of love as well as the idea of loneliness and it's origin in the mind. The result of digesting the ideas proposed has been nothing less than liberating - giving me a more balanced view for internalization as well as externalization. Next to his "Freedom From The Known" this has been his most important work for me. Highly recommended.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Insightful dialogues into the nature of relations 23 Aug 1998
By pathless@msn.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
J. Krishnamurti's inquiries into the nature of love and loneliness provide useful tools for self-examination, crushing through the barriers of self-delusion with regard to common ideals of relationships with other human beings. More than any so-called "self-help" manual this volume can provide life changing information for the open-minded and willing reader.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Useful but intense read 30 Nov 2011
By Judy Croome - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed "Freedom from the Known," I still found it a useful, if somewhat difficult, read. My western trained mind baulked at some of the philosophical points posed, but Krishnamurti's ideas are good for provoking thinking outside the box of our own beliefs.

In essence he discusses the concepts of "alone-ness" versus "loneliness" and how our ability (or lack of it) to embrace the freedom of "alone-ness" will determine how lonely we are in our relationships.

As with Freedom of the Known, I found Krishnamurti quite depressing at times. I also found myself wondering whether he did, in fact, practice what he preached in his own life. Did his arrogance, no doubt springing from his supreme intelligence, hide a soul that spoke so eloquently of loneliness from a deep, personal acquaintance with that state of being? I suppose we'll never know.

There is enough wisdom in this book to make one overlook its flaws, and it is worth spending the time exploring "On Love and Loneliness" in depth.
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