The Quotable Krishnamurti
Truth is a pathless land; you cannot approach it by any religion. . . . My only concern is to set men absolutely free. So said Jiddu Krishnamurti, one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1905, as a teenager he was groomed by Theosophists C. W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant to become the next World Teacher. Yet later he broke from his mentors, refusing to play the messiah. For decades he traveled the globe, urging his followers to pursue their own, individual freedom without dependence on any doctrine. Hence this book’s guiding purpose. Author Robert Epstein culls key quotations from Krishnamurti’s Commentaries on Living and other works. Conveniently organized from A to Z, topics range from acceptance and anger to consciousness, fear, fulfillment, God, hope, joy, love, nonviolence, reincarnation, relationship, self-understanding, sex, suffering, vegetarianism, war, and wisdom. "You are the world, and the world is you,” said Krishnamurti. "If there is a radical transformation in the structure of an individual’s psyche, it will affect the whole consciousness of man.” This small jewel of a book contains enormous power to inspire readers to just such a change.
The Quotable Krishnamurti is an alphabetized anthology, culled by psychologist Robert Epstein, and arranged by topic, encompassing the jewels of Krishnamurti’s insights.
Jiddu Krishnamurti (12 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) born in (colonial) India was truly larger than life, and by that I mean he lived life to teaching and writing ideals and spiritual philosophies that transcended the ordinary person’s life. Prepared as a child by the Theosophical Society to be a World Teacher, Krishnamurti eventually denounced his role and disbanded the organization founded to honor him, more concerned with “the teachings” rather than “the teacher.” His dialogues continued to evolve throughout his long life and yet the underlying message is timeless and perhaps even more relevant today: an uncompromising faith in humanity that thinking clearly and independently can effect enlightened consciousness and positive social change. To that end, he spoke passionately about many real world concerns: violence, self-illusion, environmental consciousness, education, love, organized religion, and politics, and espoused meditation in particular as a path of liberation.
“Life is not dependent upon political or economic activity; life is not a mere outward show, any more than a tree is the leaf or the branch.”