Self Knowledge Is the Beginning of Wisdom

  • by Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Narrated by Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Is thought detrimental? 15 August 1965. Duration: 63 minutes. Why does one seek pleasure? Can the mind face only facts and not thought? Why have I never said, 'Thought is poison' to myself?
Meeting something one doesn't know, facing something which has no answer. Acting without knowing. What is a state of mind which is silent? Time is detrimental. Are we twisting everything to our core of pleasure?

Am I aware of the process of thinking? 18 August 1965. Duration: 60 minutes. Can I see that thought is destructive except where it is essential? Why is it that we don't see something immediately? Do you know when you are thinking? Is the thing that we call thinking thinking at all?
Do you think from the background noise when a problem arises? When the mind becomes totally aware of the background, is there thinking when a problem arises?
What happens when I am aware of this hum, this noise incessantly going on? Is the background noise different from the observer? How am I to live an everyday life with complete silence?

What will make me see that thought breeds frustration? 21 August 1965. Duration: 78 minutes. What is the function of thought? Can the mind see the fact that thought will always breed frustration? Function is necessary, but function with status, position and power must breed frustration.
Without frustration thought says to itself, 'I am not seeking. I don't want anything.' If there is no thought, what happens? The very perception of the limitation of thought is the act of opening the door rather than thought opening the door.
To function without prestige, without frustration, that itself is an extraordinary state, meaning to function without self-centred activity.

From where do attachment and detachment come? 24 August 1965. Duration: 65 minutes. What is the relationship of the brain to the totality of the mind? Fear of not being, fear of isolation, fear of not having pleasure, fear of having no relationship, is the soil from which the stem of contradiction grows.
I want to be free of this stem to see what happens if there is no attachment, no detachment, because I am not afraid. Is there a peace with no entity saying, 'I am peaceful'?
A complete stillness. 25 August 1965. Duration: 65 minutes.
Is there a single movement that will completely transform my whole way of life? The passion is there, but the perfume doesn't take place. What am I to do? Am I in a position of a man who for the first time is walking on a road by himself and discovering?
Does one know what complete stillness means? It is only from a very still mind that a mutation takes place. Is there an ending to thought, therefore an ending to time? If I have no thought and therefore no time, and so no wasting of energy, there is no movement; therefore there is complete stillness.


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Too theoretical, difficult to practice, Only what

Agreed self knowledge is important. But how an average common person can get it? No hints on this. Too theoretical to me with no practical examples or useful tips.
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- Murtyns

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2016
  • Publisher: Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd.