Author: J KrishnamurtiPublisher: Krishnamurti Foundation IndiaYear: 2014Language: EnglishPages: 264ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788187326892
The First and Last Freedom was first brought out in 1954 by a British publisher in response to demands from all over the world for a comprehensive book on j. Krishnamurti’s teachings. The value of the book was enhanced with Aldous Huxley writing a masterly Foreword, in which he says: ‘In this volume of selections from the writings and recorded talks of Krishnamurti, the reader will ?nd a clear contemporary statement of the fundamental human problem,together with an invitation to solve it in the only way in which it can be solved—for and by himself.’The book falls into two parts: Krishnamurti's re?ections on life, and answers to questions put to him by his audiences. It covers a wide range of themes, from boredom and gossip to self- knowledge and God,and thus provides a good starting point for those wishing to familiarize themselves with his teachings.
ContentsForeword by Aldous HuxleyIntroductionWhat are We Seeking?Individual and SocietySelf-knowledgeAction and IdeaBeliefEffortContradictionWhat is the Self?FearSimplicityAwarenessDesireRelationship and IsolationThe Thinker and the ThoughtCan Thinking Solve Our Problems?The Function of the MindSelf-deceptionSelf-centred ActivityTime and TransformationPower and RealizationQUESTIONS AND ANSWERSOn the Present CrisisOn NationalismWhy Spiritual Teachers?On KnowledgeOn DisciplineOn LonelinessOn SufferingOn AwarenessOn RelationshipOn WarOn FearOn Boredom and InterestOn HateOn GossipOn CriticismOn Belief in GodOn MemorySurrender to ‘What is’On Prayer and MeditationOn the Conscious and Unconscious MindOn SexOn LoveOn DeathOn TimeOn Action without IdeaOn the Old and the NewOn NamingOn the Known and the UnknownTruth and LieOn GodOn Immediate RealizationOn SimplicityOn Super?cialityOn TrivialityOn the Stillness of the MindOn the Meaning of LifeOn the Confusion of the MindOn Transformation