Even though most of what Jiddu Krishnamurti wrote and spoke created controversy, he barely failed to spark equal levels of interest at the same time. Now that we are finding all the observations made by him on a variety of concepts including education, religion, culture, tradition, nationalism and relationships surprisingly relevant and less startling today, it proves he was well ahead of his age and time! No matter how large, restrained and complex Krishnamurti’s work was, there’s a lot for us and the generations to come to learn from it.
5. Pleasure, Sorrow and Fear Redefined
Jiddu Krishnamurti in “Freedom from the Known” says that emotions and thoughts such as pleasure, sorrow and fear are interrelated to a great extent. Humans are structured in such a manner that they take pleasure in hating somebody, plotting against others and the worse, disliking a group of people that belong to a particular race.
Again, he connects these emotions that are interlinked to violence. When we are on the peak of experiencing antagonism towards others, the ultimate outcome is anger and violence. This sense of anger and violence is highly negative when we are not able to feel and attain joy after getting into a state of mind where violence has vanished. This develops into an even more complicated situation where different other forms of anger such as hatred, insecurity and conflict emerge and become overwhelming over time!
4. Deep Understanding on Anger and Violence
Krishnamurti maintained that anger is one of the strongest human emotions and the most common expression for this emotion is violence. He proved through practical evidences that humans get angry when their habits that are tough to drop, no matter how bad they are, are attacked.
He reiterated that we are jealous when others take away what we like the most and get angry when insulted. Here, he also links anger and violence to righteousness taking an example of our love and emotions towards our country, way of life and principles. When our country is attacked, our anger will be considered righteous. The same is the case with our faith, ideas, lifestyle, moral values, tradition and culture; when these emotions are abused and challenged, we are righteously angry.
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3. Education and Its Perspective
Jiddu Krishnamurti had amazingly simple perception about education and successfully made others understand it with the same level of ease. For him, education meant nothing more than a means of ensuring complete and harmonious development of humans. However, he divided the education process into three main stages – educating the whole individual, educating the individual as a whole and ultimately, educating the individual within a whole.
Krishnamurti believed education to be preparation for the entire life, including both the toughest and easiest facets of living, and not training for just any single part of life.
2. The Nature and Instinct of Human Beings
The human condition was one of the most sensitive and significant subjects Jiddu Krishnamurti devoted the whole seventy valuable years of his life studying, writing and talking about. Through his continuous study and keen observations, he concluded that while human beings are different from each other on the basis of a number of aspects like body, wisdom and emotions etc., the facets that are the most prominent in them identify their character.
He always emphasized the fact that even though humans have developed and efficient minds and brains, the factor that helps them perceive what is truly religious and what significance the integrated whole has for them is consciousness. And that we can understand the true meaning of humanity only when we’ve successfully trained out brains to stop working by splintering the whole!
1. The True Nature and Meaning of Religion, Religiosity and the Religious
According to Krishnamurti, anything that is pure and truly religious can’t be conditional, restricted by time and tradition-bound. He strongly believed and opined that religion and the religious are not subject to a specific creed, authority or belief.
His approach towards religiousness was unique too, and is currently a catchy subject for those who have taken concepts like religious education, morals and values to carry out an extensive study on. His was a wonderful understanding of this complicated matter wherein religiousness is free of religion!