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19 januari 2019

The Child

By Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952).

20 Pages | Reprinted from The Theosophist 1941, 10th reprint 1986 | Booklet | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170590302.

We all know that the age of development is the most important period of the whole life. Moral malnutrition and intoxication of the spirit are as fatal for the Soul of man as physical malnutrition is for the health of his or her body. Therefore, child-education is the most important problem of humanity.

From page 18:

” Certainly here is the key to all pedagogy: to know how to recognize the precious instinct of concentration in order to make use of it in the teaching of reading, writing and counting and, later on, of grammar, arithmetic, foreign languages, science, etc. After all, every psychologist is of the opinion that there is only one way of teaching, that of arousing in the student the deepest interest and at the same time, a constant and vivacious attention. So the whole thing resolves itself in this, to make use of those intimate and hidden forces of the child for his or her education. “

Auteur: Montessori, M.
ISBN: 8170590302
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Education as Service

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986).

116 Pages | Second edition, second reprint 2010 | Hardcover | The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170594826.

” The office of the teacher is the most sacred and the most important to the nation, because it builds the characters of boys and girls, who will be its future citizens. “

So declared the world-renowned spiritual Teacher, J. Krishnamurti, when at the age of seventeen he wrote this book. In his previous valuable little work At the Feet of the Master, written when he was fourteen, he made available to the world the instructions he received from his Master on the four Qualifications for the spiritual path – Love, Discrimination, Desirelessness and Good Conduct. Here, the author shows how they can be applied to the life of the teacher and the student, and be of universal benefit.

From page 113:

” You must trust yourself. You say you know yourself too well. If you feel so, you do not know yourself; you know only the weak outer husk, which has fallen often into the mire. But you – the real you – you are a spark of God’s own fire, and God, who is almighty, is in you, and because of that there is nothing that you cannot do if you will “

Auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9788170594826
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Education, Science and Spirituality

143 pages | Paperback | Theosophical Publishing House, 2000

In this book Professor P. Krishna investigates man’s relationship with the world. His sensitivity and clarity when responding to questions bring new insight to the reader.

Contents:
– Talk one: Can we create a mutation in consciousness and bring about a new culture?
– Talk two: What is right education amidst the challenges of today’s world?
– Talk three: Our relationship to the world.

auteur: Krishna, P.
ISBN: 8170593840
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Prof. P. Krishna is currently in charge of the Krishnamurti study center at the Rajghat Education Center of the Krishnamurti Foundation India in Varanasi, India. He was the Rector of the center and Principal of the Rajghat Besant School from 1986 to 2002. He is a trustee of the Foundation and continues to be involved with its activities. He has written articles and books on various issues relating to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti. He has also delivered lectures on Education, Science and Society to varied audiences.He is an Honorary scientist and Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, as well as the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. Before joining the Krishnamurti Foundation India, he was a professor of Physics at the Department of Physics, Banaras Hindu University, where had been a faculty member for 24 years. He specialized in Solid State Physics, his area of research and teaching being X-Ray Crystallography.

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Wat Doe JIJ met je Leven?! – Jonge Mensen en Relaties, Opleiding, Toekomstig Werk en de Zin van Je Leven

Door Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986), vertaald door Peter Roelofsen.

199 Pagina’s | Eerste druk 2003, tweede druk 2004 | Softcover | Ank-Hermes B.V., Deventer | ISBN: 9020283006.

Engels origineel: What Are You Doing With Your Life? | Published in 2005 | Krishnamurti Foundation of America | ISBN: 8187326352.

Wat doe jij met je leven? Een vraag die je jezelf bij uitstek stelt in de periode waarin (nog) niet alles vastligt, waarin het leven nog voor je ligt als een belofte, als een gigantisch reservoir van mogelijkheden. Het leven zelf nodigt je uit keuzes te maken. Op allerlei terreinen – relaties, familie, school, werk, de maatschappij, de wereld – zijn er uitdagingen, soms zo veel dat wie het niet meer weten.

In deze tijd mag ieder zelf bepalen hoe hij of zij zijn of haar leven wilt inrichten. Dit boek wil je behulpzaam zijn bij het zoeken van je eigen weg. Het biedt momenten van reflectie en bezinning, van even tijdloos stilstaan bij de dingen, die er zijn en je laten inspireren door de ruimte tussen de woorden.

Afkomstig uit Hoofdstuk I – ‘Wat ben je; 6. Wat je bent is de wereld’ (blz. 18 & 19):

” Wat is de relatie tussen jou en de ellende, de verwarring in je en om je heen? Deze verwarring en ellende zijn er ongetwijfeld niet vanzelf gekomen. Jij en ik hebben ze gemaakt, niet een kapitalistische, communistische of fascistische maatschappij, maar jij en ik in onze relatie met elkaar hebben ze gemaakt. Wat je vanbinnen bent, is naar buiten geprojecteerd op de wereld. Wat je bent, wat je denkt en wat je voelt, wat je in je dagelijkse bestaan doet, wordt naar buiten geprojecteerd en dat vormt de wereld. […] Wat je bent is de wereld, Jouw probleem is dus het probleem van de wereld. Dat is toch zeker een eenvoudig en fundamenteel feit, waar of niet? In onze relatie met de enkeling of met velen, zien we we dat kennelijk iedere keer weer over het hoofd. We willen voor verandering zorgen door middel van een systeem of een revolutie in ideeen, die gebaseerd zijn op een systeem, waarbij we vergeten dat jij en ik de samenleving maken en er verwarring of orde scheppen door onze manier van leven.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9020283006
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J. Krishnamurti heeft in talloze gesprekken met mensen afkomstig uit verschillende culturen en milieus, getracht antwoorden te vinden. Krishnamurti doet dat op zijn onnavolgbare en onbevooroordeelde manier, vooral door vragen te stellen. Zijn redeneringen zijn helder en voor iedereen te volgen. Ze zijn doortrokken van een groot respect voor het individu en de uniekheid van ieder mens en verwerpen iedere autoriteit buiten onszelf. In deze tijd mag ieder zelf bepalen hoe hij of zij zijn of haar leven wil inrichten. Dit boek wil je behulpzaam zijn bij het zoeken van je eigen weg. Het biedt momenten van reflectie en bezinning, van even tijdloos stilstaan bij de dingen die er zijn en je laten inspireren door de ruimte tussen de woorden.

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Child Exodus from Tibet

By Birgit van de Wijer.

144 Pages | April 2006 | Softcover | Birgit van de Wijer, uitgever | ISBN 9078464011.

Tibetan parents send their children to school abroad in massive numbers . . . thousands never arrive: they die from freezing, starvation, exhaustion, hypothermia; they are caught by the Chinese or Nepalese police and sent back over the border. How desperate must a parent be to entrust their child to strangers to undertake a thousand kilometre journey in a strange convoy over the snowbound Himalayas? Since the Chinese occupation of independent Tibet in 1950, the country has slowly been choking in a stranglehold. In the early Eighties, dying Tibet began to send its children to India.

In this book Birgit van de Wijer for the first time illuminates this horror from all angles: why children flee, how many flee, their escape routes, the risks they run, their reception in Nepal and India, and the psychological consequences. Above all, the children tell their stories themselves. The book is based on interviews, that the author conducted on the spot at great risk. The book grew from the conviction of an author, who hopes that this exodus can finally be stopped.

auteur: Wijer, B. van de
ISBN: 9078464011
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Reconstruction in Education

By Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952).

14 Pages | Reprinted from The Theosophist, Feb. 1942, 7th reprint 1986 | Booklet | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 8170590043.

We have the idea that education can help the development of the child, and that we, adult people, will give this help. That is the ordinary idea of education. This idea is not a right idea, because it concludes that the adult can help this little child very much with his or her own wisdom and care. The idea of education is to give to the child and to young people all the best that we have.

That is so: but we cannot with our efforts, create a man. That is the task of the children themselves and it is the most important side of the whole educational question: what the children themselves accomplish of their own power and not what adult man can do for them.

From page 14:

” The hope we have is a hope in a new humanity, that will come from this new education, and education that is a collaboration of man and the universe, that is a help for evolution, for the incarnation of man. “

auteur: Montessori, M.
ISBN: 8170590043
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The Absorbent Mind

By Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952).

297 Pages | Fifth edition 2011 | Soft cover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN: 9788170594307.

Every reader loves a mystery, and what more fascinating than one hidden in the ‘heart’ of the newborn child? This book touches on prenatal experience, but is mainly concerned with the growth and education of the child from birth, through the formative years, to adulthood.

The world-famous educationalist, Dr. Maria Montessori, illustrates the unique mental powers of the young child, which after no more than six years surpasses all other species. With penetrating insight, validated by close observation of child phenomena, she sheds light on the responsibility of adults to prepare the environment for the manifestation of the great potentialities and latent spiritual grandeur in the child.

From page 14:

” It is the child, who absorbs material from the world around him or her and moulds it into the man or woman of the future. To recognise this great work of the child does not mean to diminish the parent’s authority. Once they can persuade themselves not to be themselves the builders, but merely to act as collaborators in the building process, they become much better able to carry out their real duties: and then: in the light of a wider vision, their help becomes truly valuable. The child can only build well if this help is given in a suitable way. Thus, the authority of parents does not come from a dignity standing on its own feet, but it comes from the help they are able to give their children. The truly great authority and dignity of parents rests solely upon this. ” 

 

auteur: Montessori, M.
ISBN: 9788170594307
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Why are You being Educated? – Talks at Indian Universities

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986).

132 Pages | First edition 2002, reprinted in 2004 | Softcover | Krishnamurti Foundation, India | ISBN: 8187326395.

This book consists of six talks, that Krishnamurti gave at Indian Universities of Technology between 1969 – 1984.

Krishnamurti’s chief concern here is to awaken students to the fact that the pursuit of knowledge does not liberate man from his ignorance of himself. While knowledge is indispensable, it also creates the illusion that we have the intelligence to meet the challenges of life. This makes us neglect the vast and subtle field of the human psyche. This perspective comes through clearly in these talks, which therefore have significance not just for the young, but also for parents, teachers, and all those interested in the deeper issues of life.

From page 39:

” So if we come back to the fundamental question: what is ignorance? Ignorance, is this unawareness of the whole structure of and nature of the mind, the brain and of all its movement; that is the very essence of ignorance. You learn from books and from your professors, pass examinations, get a few degrees and get a job – that is nothing. That is necessary in this mad world, but to be totally unaware of the extraordinary movement, the beauty, the subtlety, the quickness of all that inward movement, to be unconscious, to be unaware of it is not only ignorance; it brings its own destruction. “

 

 

 

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326395
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What Are You Doing With Your Life?

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

264 Pages | 2005 Edition| Softcover | Krishnamurti Foundation of America | ISBN: 8187326352.

Dutch translation: Wat Doe JIJ Met Je Leven?! – Jonge Mensen en Relaties, Opleiding, Toekomstig Werk en de Zin van Je Leven | Eerste druk 2003, tweede druk 2004 | Softcover | Ank-Hermes B.V., Deventer | ISBN: 9020283006.

What Are You Doing With Your Life? Brings together excerpts from Krishnamurti’s books, and represents the first anthology of its kind, that offers the young a systematic approach to his vision of education and life. Krishnamurti, whose life and teachings have spanned the greater part of the 20th century, is regarded by many as one who has had the most profound impact on human consciousness in modern times.

From Chapter I – ‘What Are You’:

” What is the relationship between you and the misery, confusion within and around you? Undoubtly, this confusion and misery did not appear by themselves. You and I gave birth to them, not a capitalist, communist or fascist society, but you and I have created them in relation to each other. What you are from the inside, is from the outside projected on the world.  What you are, what you think and what you feel, what you do in daily life, is projected outwardly shaping this world. […] What you are is the world, and so your problem is the problem of the world. This certainly is a simple and fundamental fact, right? Seemingly, we forget this all the time in relation to a single or many human beings. We would like to make a change by means of a system or revolution of ideas based on a system, yet forget; you and I create society and cause chaos or establish order by the way in which we live our lives. “

 

 

 

 

 

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326352
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Sage, philosopher and thinker, he illumined the lives of millions the world over – intellectuals and laymen, young and old. Breaking away from all organized religions and denying his role as a Guru, he spelt out his mission: to set man absolutely and unconditionally free. He travelled round the world till the age of 90 giving talks, writing, holding discussions. He talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday life; the problems of living in modern society, the individual’s search for security, and the need for human beings to free themselves from from their inner burdens of violence, fear and sorrow. Born on 11th May 1895 as the eighth child of a pious couple in the small town of Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh, Krishnamurti was adopted at the age of 14 by Annie Besant, the President of the Theosophical Society, and was brought up and groomed to be the World Teacher. In 1929, however, he renounced that role and dissolved The Order of the Star – a large world-wide organization that had been built up around him to fulfill that mission. This action was the culmination of the deep spiritual awakening undergone by him and his insight that religious organizations cannot lead human beings to truth.

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Right Living in Modern Society

By Prof. P. Krishna.

126 Pages | Uitgegeven in 1995 | Softcover | Uitgeverij der Theosofische Vereniging in Nederland, Amsterdam | ISBN: 9061750717.

This book is a verbatim account of eight lectures delivered by prof. P. Krishna in 1992 and 1993 on the subject of right living in modern society. Primarily based on the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986), these lectures focus on the following issues: what is it that divides us?, our relationship to the world, our relationship to ourselves, our responsibility towards children and ways of creating the right learning environment.

If you ask me to list the major problems that modern society, or mankind, in its present state is facing, I would say that the tendency in human beings to form groups – either national groups or religious groups or caste groups or racial groups – and create division of mankind, then feel not for the whole of mankind, but only for the particular group to which one belongs, is by far the greatest problem facing us, because it does give us some sort of a feelings of security to belong to a group. We must examine whether it is real security or some kind of illusory feeling of security, which comes because we are not farsighted enough, we are not looking deeply enough. I would say this division in mankind is perhaps the most major problem and the greatest cause of violence and suffering in modern society.

From Chapter 8 – ‘Right Living in Modern Society: Creating the Right Learning Environment’ (p. 126):

” In the field of academics the teachers may know more than the students and they can transfer their knowledge. But in this field, as human beings struggling to discover the Art of Living rightly, we, grown-ups, are not different from the children. Knowledge does not help us to live rightly. Therefore we must inquire together and learn together, as friends, not as instructors and trainees. Only a school that cares both for the academic development and for the Art of Right Living, can impart right education to children and fulfil our responsibility towards the next generation. “

 

auteur: Krishna, P.
ISBN: 9061750717
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To me, the true value of any book lies only in the questions that it raises, not in the answers that it offers. If the reader finds in this book even  few questions he wishes to dwell on, I shall feel amply rewarded. That is the only purpose of this book. (from the foreword)
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If you ask me to list the major problems that modern society, or mankind, in its present state is facing, I would say that the tendency in human beings to form groups – either national groups or religious groups or caste groups or racial groups – and create division of mankind, then feel not for the whole of mankind but only for the particular group to which one belongs, is by far the greatest problem facing us, because it does give us some sort of a feeling of security to belong to a group. We must examine whether it is real security to belong to a group. We must examine whether it is real security or some kind of illusory feeling of security which comes because we are not farsighted enough, we are not looking deeply enough. I would say this division in mankind is perhaps the most major problem and the greatest cause of violence and torture in modern society.
P. Krishna is a former professor of physics at the Banaras Hindu University, and a former rector of the Rajghat Education Centre of the Krishnamurti Foundation India at Varanasi, India. He is currently in charge of the Krishnamurti study centre there.

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This Matter of Culture

224 pages | Paperback | Krishnamurti Foundation India, 2004

‘The function of education is to bring about a release of energy in the pursuit of goodness, truth, or God, which in turn makes the individual a true human being and therefore the right kind of citizen.’

‘It is also our problem to find out what God is, because that is the very foundation of our life. A house cannot stand for long without a proper foundation, and all the cunning inventions of man will be meaningless if we are not seeking out what is God or truth.’

auteur: Krishnamurti, J/Rjagopal, D (ed.)
ISBN: 8187326263
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This Matter of Culture consists of Krishnamurti’s talks and discussions with the students, parents and teachers of the schools he founded in India, and has been chosen by parabala magazine as ‘one of the hundred best spiritual books of the century’. Every since it was brought out in 1964, it has been published world-wide in 22 languages and has remained a popular book on education. Here Krishnamurti defines, in unmistakable terms, the real function of education, as also the purpose of human life:

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Life Ahead – Talks to Students, Teachers and Parents

204 pages | Paperback | Krishnamurti Foundation India, 2004

As the title suggests, this book is addressed to young people, and is the first collection of Krishnamurti’s talks to students, teachers and parents. An Introduction by Krishnamurti focuses on his main concerns in education. The book covers a wide range of themes – the danger of competition which, breeding fear, prevents the mind from being fully receptive to experience; the value of solitude’; and the difference between concentration and attention.

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 8187326158
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A Flame of Learning – Krishnamurti with Teachers

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986).

205 Pages | Copyright 1993 | Softcover | Mirananda, Den Haag | ISBN: 9062718299.

Many educators and parents have found Krishnamurti’s insights into the human condition and the nature of learning especially relevant to the education of children. For them and for others, who wish to live sanely and wisely in a world of growing confusion and who wish their children to do the same, this book will be a valued addition to his previous works.

In discussions with teachers at Brockwood Park School, which he founded in England in 1969, Krishnamurti assumes the role of a person coming to teach in such as school. Frankly and directly, he explores the new teacher’s relationship with the school, with his colleagues and especially with students, questioning the nature of freedom and authority, the place of motive and self-interest, the source of fear and violence, and the possiblity of awakening intelligence and sensitivity to order. In the course of the exploration, they go into the nature of investigation itself, and consider the necessity for the clarity of observation and communication.

Above all, Krishnamurti challenges the teachers – and the reader – to look at the need for radical psychological change, and to consider the possibility of such change in all human beings.

” My concern . . . is to awaken this intelligence in my students, so that they will be free. “

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 9062718299
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Krishnamurti on Education

By Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986).

158 Pages | First published in 1954, this is the 1998 edition | Softcover | Krishnamurti Foundation, India | ISBN: 818732600X.

This book is the outcome of talks and discussions held by Krishnamurti with the students and teachers of Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh and Rajghat Besant School in Varanasi. Krishnamurti regards education as of prime significance in the communication of that which is central to the transformation of the human mind and the creation of a new culture. As the topics in these stimulating talks and discussions reveal, he questions the very roots of our culture so that a comprehensive view on education emerges.

Krishnamurti’s challenge is addressed not only to the structure of education, but to the very nature and quality of man’s mind and life. Unlike all other attempts to salvage or suggest alternatives to the educational system, his approach breaks through the frontiers of particular cultures and establishes an entirely new set of values. To Krishnamurti, a new mind is possible only when the religious spirit and the scientific attitude form part of the same consciousness. While he gives emphasis to the cultivation of the intellect, he lays far greater stress on a heightened critical awareness of the inner and outer world.

From page 9:

” If you begin to think, to observe, to learn, not from books, but learn for yourself by watching, listening to everything that is happening around you, you will grow up to be a different human being. One who cares, who has affection, who loves people. Perhaps if you live that way, you might find a truly religious life. “

 

 

auteur: Krishnamurti, J.
ISBN: 818732600X
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The Miracle of Birth – A Clairvoyant Study of Prenatal Life

By Geoffrey Hodson (1886 – 1983).

65 Pages | First Adyar Edition | Hardcover | Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar | ISBN:

‘ Parenthood is indeed a sacrament and not lightly to be profaned. ‘

Science is increasingly realizing that the foundations for good health are laid from the moment of conception itself. The two aspect of life as it unfolds – consciousness and matter – must be rightly balanced. A sagacious and reverent approach to parenthoof enables children to enjoy a healthy physical, emotional and mental life.

Hodson, gifted clairvoyant, goes beyond the physical development of the child in the womb to describe the subtler aspects of emotional, mental and spiritual growth.

auteur: Hodson, G.
ISBN: 817059491X
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The Radiant Child

By Thomas Armstrong.

203 Pages | A Quest Original, first published in 1985, second printing 1988 | Soft cover| Quest Books, U.S.A. | ISBN: 0835606007.

Thomas Armstrong believes, that children come into this life radiating and reflecting the mystery of creation; that their spiritual nature as well as their basic instincts are close to the surface of their awareness. Unfortunately, for most part, parents, teachers, and child therapists have not recognized this delightfully useful aspect of the childhood psyche. The author notes, that this hidden sight of youthful consciousness has been noticed and appreciated primarily by poets, mystics, authors of fairy tales, and world mythologists. These folks identify with the wonder-child, the divine child, the child-god, the child hero. This practical guide is heavily documented with case-histories of ‘radiant’ experiences, the reality of which is supported by telling testimony from the author’s peers.

From page 101:

” The child is potential future . . . the ‘child’ paves the way for a future change of personality. In the individuation process it anticipates the figure, that comes from the synthesis of conscious and unconscious elements in the personality. It is therefore a symbol, which unites the opposites; a mediator, a bringer of healing; that is, one who makes whole. “

 

auteur: Armstrong, T.
ISBN: 0835606007
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