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Beyond Violence

10 juni 2010

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986).

186 Pages | Hardbound edition 2003 | Hardcover | Krishnamurti Foundation India | ISBN: 8187326425.

'Violence', Krishnamurti says, 'is like a stone dropped in a lake: the waves spread and spread; at the centre is the 'me'. As long as the 'me' survives in any form, very subtly or grossly, there must be violence'. Many can smell a flower that has perfume, or only one can smell it, but the flower does not care: it is there. And that is the beauty of love: it can give to one or to many. That is only possible when there is compassion.

The theme of violence and Krishnamurti's approach to it are as relevant today as they were when he spoke in 1970 to vast audiences. In discussing the nature of violence, Krishnamurti also unravels the other psychological factors, such as hurt, competition, insecurity, and fear, which are closely related to violence. He shows us a way of looking  the fact of violence directly, without condemning, suppressing or analysing it, and thus going beyond it. In doing so, he calls for a fundamental change in the human psyche, which is the mark of a truly religious mind.

From Chapter 4 - 'Religion' (p. 49):

" We are inquiring together into the question of the religious mind - not what religion is, but what a mind is that is religious, that is capable of finding out truth. The root meaning of the word 'religion' is rather uncertain; we can give any meaning to it we like, and we generally do. But to have no opinion of what religion is, is  to be free to inquire into it, into the quality if the mind that is religious. That quality of mind is not separated from the daily living of pain, pleasure, sorrow and confusion. To inquire into this there must be freedom from all authority. You are alone to find out, there is no book, nobody to help you. Please see how important it is, because we have given our trust, our faith to others - to the priest, to the saviours, to the teachers and so on - and having given our faith, we have looked to them to lead us and they have led us nowhere. "

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326425
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