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A Jewel on a Silver Platter – Remembering Jiddu Krishnamurti

7 juni 2020

By Padmanabhan Krishna with a Foreword by Ravi Ravindra.

417 Pages | First printing Spring 2015 | Hardcover | Peepal Leaves Publisher | ISBN: 9781312903333.

This book gives an intimate portrayal of the philosopher sage Jiddu Krishnamurti by several of his colleagues, who knew him over many decades and interacted with him closely. It reveals several aspects of the man and investigates his teachings in depth.

The author, Padmanabhan Krishna, was a Professor of Physics and was closely associated with him for nearly three decades. He has lectured all over the world and conducted dialogues about Krishnamurti's teachings.

From Chapter 20 - 'What is Right Action'? (p. 351):

" So the Buddha's action in leaving his wife and children and going into the forest would be right if he did it out of love and compassion for humanity; and the same action would be wrong if he did it for egoistic reasons, because he wanted to get away from his responsibilities. The quality of the mind taking that decision determines whether it is a right or a wrong decision. [...] Because there is no self-interest in that consciousness, there is no partiality for the 'me' and the 'mine'. Krishnamurti expressed it in another way; he said: 'Come upon love, then do what you will'. Then one does not have to think and calculate and so on. But we must understand what he means by 'love'. To him, 'Love is where the self is not'. He is not talking about romance or attachment or sentiment as love. Only when self-interest is not the motivation, is there love. "

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