- Paperback: 155 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On Love and Loneliness Paperback – 15 Mar 1994
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From the Back Cover
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 which we call loneliness, the alone, and to have communion with that thing, there must be affection, there must be love". On Love and Loneliness 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 isolate individuals and groups. Only by renouncing the self can we understand the problem of loneliness, and truly love.
About the Author
J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was a renowned spiritual teacher whose lectures and writings have inspired thousands. His works include On Mind and Thought, On Nature and the Environment, On Relationship, On Living and Dying, On Love and Lonliness, On Fear, and On Freedom.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.