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Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti [Kindle Edition]

Jiddu Krishnamurti
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"[Krishnamurti's] language is naked, revelatory and inspiring. It pierces the clouds of philosophy which confound our thought and restores the springs of action.... He initiated no new faith or dogma, questioned everything, cultivated doubt and perseverance, freed himself of illusion and enchantment of pride, vanity, and every subtle form of dominion over others. . . . I know of no other living man whose thought is more inspiring." -- "Henry Miller""In my own life Krishnamurti influenced me profoundly and helped me personally break through the confines of my own self-imposed restrictions to my freedom." -- "Deepak Chopra, M.D."

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Counted among his admirers are Jonas Salk, Aldous Huxley, David Hockney, and Van Morrison, along with countless other philosophers, artist, writers and students of the spiritual path. Now the trustees of Krishnamurti’s work have gathered his very best and most illuminating writings and talks to present in one volume the truly essential ideas of this great spiritual thinker.Total Freedom includes selections from Krishnamurti’s early works, his ‘Commentaries on Living’, and his discourses on life, the self, meditation, sex and love. These writings reveal Krishnamuri’s core teachings in their full eloquence and power: the nature of personal freedom; the mysteries of life and death; and the ‘pathless land’, the personal search for truth and peace. Warning readers away from blind obedience to creeds or teachers – including himself – Krishnamurti celebrated the individual quest for truth, and thus became on of the most influential guides for independent-minded seekers of the twentieth century – and beyond.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (14 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SE7N4G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding Freedom 2 Aug 2010
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This book is certainly life changing - if you want it to be. JK has a style of speaking which tries to make sure the listener is doing more than simply listening, but is actually engaging with what he is teaching. By asking questions and allowing the listener or the reader to answer for themselves, the learning, and the change of thinking is immediate. JK spent his whole adult life trying to answer the ultimate questions about life and death and has come up with some astonishing conclusions about the essence of truth and the sacred. This is a book that everyone should read, whether religious or secular. Truth is indeed a pathless land, but JK has provided a path that can be followed if we choose.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will blow your mind away 21 Sep 2009
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This book blew my mind away, totally changed my thinking...It's something powerful, so be careful!

This is a good selection of JK texts, it's a great book to start reading JK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really self-awakening 2 April 2009
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Krishnamurthy delivers a total freedom without using any spiritual method. This book totally transforms you. It literally burns every ideology that you might have gained. It happens like a flow of water if you can understand what he is saying.

By Vijay Pabbathi. Author of Unknown Truth of Life: A Guide to Awaken Creativity and Intelligence
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really inspires you to put aside everything you thought about spirituality, reality or whatever you seek, and urges you instead to simply observe your own mind in the moment, without any plan or agenda. Krishnamurti cuts through much of the insense found in some religions, and gets right to the serious business of the direct apprehansion of experience. He says that you don't need to travel to India, or sit cross legged on a mat; you simply need to observe yourself, moment to moment, in all of your thoughts and actions in the world, in solitude and in relationship with others. This approach cuts down on all the energy wasted on trying to be something you're not, and instead invites you to to simply observe who you are.

I started practicing Buddhism a year ago, and have genuinely found that this book has totally made me question Buddhism as an organised religion - something the Buddha himself would have insisted of his disciples. Of course, at the time of the Buddha, there was no such thing as 'Buddhism', only the Buddha himself.

Anyway, nn the end, I was left alone with my own mind and the wonderful potential to observe and Inquire. By doing this, a lot of insecurites are revealed to myself, and the patterns of thinking and acting that help to keep them in place are slowly deprived of their power. Since reading this book, I have found that I have become happier and more authentic in my presonal life. I think that this book has the potential to touch many people on any 'spiritual path' - providing it is read with an open mind.

I still draw a lot of inspiration from Buddhism - indeed, there is a lot of overlap between the Dharma and the teachings of Krishnamurti - but I no longer look to Buddhism as an authority to imitate.

I would also recommend Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoches 'The Sacred Path of the Warrior' - also available on Amazon.

Peace and Happiness.
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So long as there is a desire for self-continuance in any form, there must be fear, which creates authority, and from this there come the subtle cruelty and stupidity of submitting oneself to exploitation. This exploitation is so subtle, so refined, that one becomes enamored of it, calling it spiritual progress and advancement toward perfection. &quote;
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