Life Ahead: On Learning and the Search for Meaning by Jiddu Krishnamurti

By Jiddu Krishnamurti

Publish 12 months note: First released March 1st 1901

In lifestyles Ahead, offers classes that circulate some distance past the conventional varieties of schooling taught in most faculties and faculties. Drawn from transcripts of talks given to Indian scholars, the e-book covers quite a lot of common issues. briefly, available chapters, Krishnamurti explores the chance of pageant, the worth of solitude, the necessity to comprehend either the wide awake and the subconscious brain, and the severe distinction among focus and a spotlight, and among wisdom and studying. Krishnamurti exposes the roots of worry and eradicates deeply entrenched behavior of culture, challenge, and prejudice.

The existence he holds forth calls for an entire swap of idea, even a revolution, one who starts “not with concept and ideation,” he writes, “but with an intensive transformation within the brain itself.” He explains how such transformation happens in simple terms via an schooling that concentrates at the overall improvement of the man or woman, an schooling conscientiously defined during this easy but strong publication.

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We saw that W most of us are afraid, and that fear prevents initiative because it makes us cling to people and to things as a creeper clings to a tree. We cling to our parents, our husbands, our sons, our daughters, our wives, and to our possessions. That is the outward form of fear. Being inwardly afraid, we dread to stand alone. We may have a great many saris, jewels, or other property; but inwardly, psychologically, we are very poor. The poorer we are inwardly, the more we try to enrich ourselves outwardly by clinging to people, to position, to property.

There are those who say the state is all-important. If I live in such a state and do anything contrary to the official ideology, I am coerced by the state—that is, by the few who control the state. There are two parts of us, the conscious part and the unconscious part. Do you understand what that means? Suppose you are walking along the road, talking to a friend. Your conscious mind is occupied with your conversation, but there is another part of you which is unconsciously absorbing innumerable impressions—the trees, the leaves, the birds, the sunlight on the water.

To think out things for yourself, and not follow, is very important; because following indicates fear, does it not? The moment somebody offers you something you want—paradise, heaven, or a better job—there is fear of not getting it; therefore you begin to accept, to follow. So long as you want something, there is bound to be fear; and fear cripples the mind so that you cannot be free. Do you know what a free mind is? Have you ever observed fear prevents initiative 31 your own mind? It is not free, is it?

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