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The Nature of the New Mind – Selection from the Decades III (The Sixties)

10 juni 2010

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986).

276 Pages | First Edition 2001, reprint 2003 | Softcover | Krishnamurti Foundation India | ISBN: 8187326190.

The Nature of the New Mind is the third Volume in the series titled 'Selections from the Decades', and consists of twenty-three public talks that Krishnamurti gave between 1961 and 1968.

Whereas in the 1950s, Krishnamurti dwelt largely on individual change, his focus here is on a radical mutation in human consciousness as a whole. Addressing large international audiences in different parts of the world; Krishnamurti points out that the present crisis is not just what we perceive outwardly in society; it really lies in the unconscious, deep within oneself.

So what is required is not more knowledge or more collective action, but a totally new mind. And that is needed, says Krishnamurti, 'to deal not only with the everlasting, but also with the immediate problems of existence'. It is important to see the urgency of having such a mind now and not wait for time to bring it about. The new mind is not merely logical or intellectual; rather, it is mind that is completely free of all its old patterns and has, therefore, the quality of stillness, love and compassion. 'What the world needs is compassion, not schemes. And compassion is the very nature of the new mind. Because the new mind is the unknown mind, it is not to be measured by the known', says Krishnamurti.

From Chapter - 'Talks 1965 Bombay' (p. 145):

" So, one has to know oneself, not the higher self, not the Atman, not God, all that is theory, absurdity, invented by some people; it is not a fact; you just repeat what is merely a tradition. Therefore, you must be free from the authority of tradition to find God. To know yourself is to be aware. Do not give a mystical meaning or some complicated meaning to that very simple phrase 'to be aware': to be aware of those crows, to the noise of those crows. Just listen; please listen; be aware of the light that is in the sky; be aware of the dark trunk of the mango tree; be aware of that palm; be aware of your neighbour, his colour, his dress, just be aware - not condemning it, not comparing, not saying, 'this is good, that is bad', not explaining, not justifying - just be aware. "

The third volume in the series titled 'Selections from the Decades', this book consists of twenty-three public talks that Krishnamurti gave between 1961 and 1968. Whereas in the 1950s, Krishnamurti dwelt largely on individual change, his focus here is on a radical mutation in human consciousness as a whole.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326190
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