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The First and Last Freedom

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Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In The First and Last Freedom he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti’s quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.
ebook, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1954)
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Zane Chleboun
Dec 08, 2011 Zane Chleboun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of every "spiritual" book I have read, this one takes the cake. Krishnamurti takes a more philosophical and psychological approach to why we're miserable. Unlike most other books, Krishnamurti doesn't shove pseudo-wisdom in your face and tell you what you need to do to attain enlightenment. He makes rational observations. The result is similar to reading a Dostoevsky novel. You will notice things about yourself that you absolutely hate. You will become more in touch with yourself - which in ...more
Monica Perez
Several years ago, I came to the conclusion that no form of government could limit itself sufficiently and therefore there is no hope that a geographic monopoly on the use of force with the right to demand taxes under threat of violence (ie., government) could result in a free and just society. For example, I could see the futility of restoring the US Constitution since that is the document that led to this state in actuality, whether the document is ideal or flawed. I then came across a book ca ...more
Aurelio del Portillo
Lo pongo como ejemplo, en representación de todo lo que he leído de este maestro. Es mucho más que un libro y representa para mí la esencia del aprendizaje definitivo. Cualquiera de las palabras de Krishnamurti abre directamente en la mente y en el pecho el espacio de la verdad.
 Aesha  Moallim
May 05, 2016 Aesha Moallim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كون أنّ عنوان الكتاب ومحتواه، متطابقان تمامًا؛ سبب وجيهٌ لأمنح الكتاب خمس نجمات بل ألفٍ من خمس.
يا له من كتاب! فيه تلتقي بك. من غير شائبة، تتعرفك، تعرفك، وتستكشفك. ومن غير أن تقتحمك.

يناقش في هذا الكتاب كريشنا مورتي موضوعات متنوعة تشمل المعاناة، الخوف، الثرثرة، الوحدة والجنس وغيرها من الموضوعات الكثير، على نحو مختلف تمامًا عما ندعوه بنقاش. إذ أن قراءة هذا الكتاب بمثابة جلسة نقية تلتقي فيها بروحك على نحو لم يسبق لك وأن التقيت بها.
إنه كتابٌ محمل بالطمأنينة، كيف لا وهو من أولى الكتب التي أقرأها ذات
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Ameera
Oct 03, 2015 Ameera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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خلاصة فكر الفيلسوف الهندي جودو كريشنامورتي، يقع في جزئين، الجزء الأول، يفكك فيه معظم المفاهيم والأنماط التفكيرية، ويطرح موضوعات الفرد والمجتمع، البحث الوجودي، الفعل، منابع الفكر.. وغيره.
أما الجزء الثاني فهو أهم الأسئلة التي أجاب عنها كريشنامورتي في لقاءاته مع مريديه.
هذا الكتاب للدراسة، والتأمل، ويقرأ على مهل.
Munema
Jun 28, 2013 Munema rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When my mentor recommended that I read Jiddu Krishnamurti's works, I thought they would be Deepak Chopra-esque pseudo-profound books, and so it was with a sense of dread that I picked up "The First and Last Freedom" (or in my case, downloaded the PDF). Instead, I was taken aback by the rational introspection the author presents. This is a book that has the potential to be life-changing. Everything within it is sensible and even obvious, and many times I found Krishnamurti completing thoughts tha ...more
James
Mar 13, 2008 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the Spring of every year, Krishnamurti would come speak under a large oak in a quiet grove near Ojai, California. We would take a blanket, spread it out on the grass, and listen. This book will give readers an idea of his thinking, but it was his silence that really penetrated and made us intrigued to know what he was saying.
Theresa
Jul 06, 2007 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Someone once gave me this book for no reason known to me. Then began the madness and transformation of my life.
Michael
“The self is a problem that thought cannot solve.”

Reading Krishnamurti is often a disorienting experience. How to account for this?

One way is his writing/speaking style. The diction is as simple as can be, but the syntax is distinctively circular–in quoting him I often found myself glueing with ellipses fractions of multiple sentences. It’s almost as if the simplicity of his message undermines our linear way of understanding. Part of this is perhaps the fact that Krishnamurti is asking as much
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Justo Montibeller
May 18, 2015 Justo Montibeller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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La libertad primera y última es una recopilación de charlas que dio Jiddu Krishnamurti a lo largo de su vida sobre distintos temas existenciales; el amor, el sexo, la religion, el poder, el miedo, el deseo, el sufrimiento, la verdad, la libertad, el pensamiento, el conocimiento, la sencillez, el ego, el odio, la comprensión, entre muchos otros.

Si hay algún líder espiritual al que admire, ese es Jiddu Krishnamurti, su filosofía me parece de lo más lógica y realista. Jiddu no nos viene a dar proce
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Alex Kartelias
Jun 25, 2014 Alex Kartelias rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I was reading this book with so much interest for the first 160 pages or so but, when i came to realize the totality of his belief- that the truth is a pathless land- it hit me: why would something entirely incommunicable be written in a book? That's where Krisnamurti's BELIEFS really fell apart for me.

I'd hand it to him, he speaks extremely clear and has a very sharp intellect. But, his assumptions, generalized conclusions and contradictions are enormous when one looks carefully. For example, h
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Sudeep
"What you understand leaves no mark"


To meet every challenge fresh and without preconceived notions - this is the theme central to Krishnamurti's philosophy. It is a very powerful idea, one which we know works, and is central to spiritual gurus (like Osho, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle) whose ideas are based around and constitute Eastern philosophy.
The method of tireless scrutiny he dictates is painfully honest. It requires great focus to develop such persistence in inspecting one's actions and
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Reem Meshkawi
Mar 04, 2016 Reem Meshkawi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
أفكار معقدة و عصية التنفيذ ... عرض الكاتب مجموعة كبيرة من أفكار غريبة توصل إلى السلام الداخلي و الخارجي برأيه و لكنه لم يوضح الكيفية لتطبيق هذه الأفكار على أرض الواقع و لم يذكر أية أمثلة واقعية تدعم أفكاره و تجعلها قريبة من المتلقي .... لم يعجبني الكتاب كمضمون فقد وجدته خال من أي قيمة أو محتوى قيم كما أن الأفكار التي طرحت برأيي غير منطقية و غير عقلية ... يحضرني في هذه اللحظة كتاب للدالاي لاما ( The art of happiness ) كتاب رائع و يستحق القراءة لغناه بأفكار عالمية و متحضرة .
Latifa Kudsi
Apr 03, 2016 Latifa Kudsi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
اتعبني هذا الكتاب...
خدعني ، جذبني ، ثم مالبث ان بدأ يلقي بأفكاري هنا وهناك... يسلط الضوء على المشكلة ، يضع حلاً ، ثم ينقضه... يدخل لأعماق الذات ، وفجأة يرمق منها كما يرمق السهم من القوس ...
لا أُخفي متعتي أثناء قراءته ، لكنه برأيي لا يستحق العناء في قراءته..

كان عنوان سرده " التكرار في الأفكار "
Wil
May 04, 2013 Wil rated it it was amazing
Knishnamurti concisely expounds on living truthfully with oneself in relationship through self-study. It is what it is: “It cannot be taught in books. It has to be found from moment to moment, in the smile, in the tear, under the dead leaf, in the vagrant thoughts, in the fullness of love.”
Reem
Oct 20, 2015 Reem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رغم اختلاف افكاري كلياً مع ماذكر لكن الكاتب له فلسفته واستمتعت جداً بالكتاب اعادت نظره بالاشياء ومفهومها لي عودة ان شاء الله لقرائته مرة اخرى ..
Sean Goh
Dec 27, 2016 Sean Goh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Challenging? Yes, in more ways than one. He repeats himself ad nauseam, to the point that the second half of the book uncannily resembles the first half. But the points he raises do challenge one's world view.

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Every system is a standing temptation to take symbols too seriously, to pay more attention to words than to the realities for which the words are supposed to stand.

To understand the misery and confusion that exists within ourselves and the world, we must first find clarity wit
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Chris
Sep 22, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krishnamurti is incredible. I read this shortly after reading 'Freedom from the Known.' Both books are more compilations of his speeches and writings than books written in book format, and thus overlap a lot and cover very similar themes. 'Freedom from the Known' is more of a direct dive into Krishnamurti's philosophy, whereas 'First and Last Freedom' half deep dive on his philosophy and half in the format of Krishnamurti answering very practical daily life questions.

On Krishnamurti's philosophy
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Sanish
Aug 11, 2015 Sanish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are familiar with "zen" then this book is a pure classic in that genus. To be more precise, this is not even a book in the strictest of senses; perhaps a series of discourse on wide range of topics including self-knowledge, awareness, desire, relationship, time, present-crisis, loneliness, suffering, sex, simplicity, meaning of life, transformation, and so on. Nonetheless, I got bored continuing from this subject matter to that not because the intrinsic contents were less appealing, but b ...more
Tim
Hoewel het een spiritueel werk betreft, deze Q&A, is het voor iedereen, van iedere overtuiging, opgesteld, want Krishnamurti beantwoordt de 38 vragen op een filosofische/psychologische manier. Hij antwoordt niet altijd rechtstreeks op elke vraag, maar gaat de vraag eens omdraaien om het gekozen onderwerp vanuit een andere invalshoek te benaderen om zo tot een antwoord te komen. Het zou anders te gemakkelijk zijn en dat is helemaal niet de bedoeling.

De bedoeling is om de lezer (of de vraagst
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Víctor Galán
Feb 21, 2015 Víctor Galán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primera experiencia con Krishnamurti y espero que no sea la última. Su visión de que cada persona tiene su propia y única verdad, supone un concepto tan llamativo como radical en su planteamiento y teoría. Para los tiempos modernos "La libertad primera y última" supone una obra completamente rupturista con las grandes teorías filosóficas aceptadas por grandes empresas y gobiernos. Según Jiddu, el mundo actual necesita una revolución, pero dicha revolución solo puede surgir con una revolución int ...more
Phil Calandra
Apr 27, 2016 Phil Calandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book simply did not resonate with me despite the numerous positive reviews written about it on amazon. Although it would appear that Krishnamurti's philosophy comes from the mold of the Advaita Vedenta Tradition, it appears that this book is less a spiritual analysis and more of a sociological, psychological and political study (as an example, I would refer the reader to chapter 10 in the author's discussion of War where he suggests to a bereaved mother who just lost a son in war that she s ...more
Timothy
May 20, 2011 Timothy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone curious to read J. Krishnamurti this would be an excellent book to read. The question and answer format in the latter half of the book assumes no prerequisite knowledge or background, but elaborately covers Krishnamurti's world view.

I do not agree with his view that the world is in crisis, although ironically it was Krishnamurti's own inquiries into the nature of thought and freedom that led me to the realization that the world is not in crisis... and that life is fundamentally perfec
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Maelanie
Oct 06, 2015 Maelanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truth is, love is, beauty is. To read/listen and understand merely intellectually, verbally, superficially as concept/theory is easy, and a waste of energy; but to be passionate, to absorb it as part of you is arduous, but so very necessary. This beautiful soul's only wish was to save man, by freeing himself, by learning who we are for ourselves. So very glad I was introduced to him by my first male offspring. Every human being should read Jiddu's works, it is possible that with this profound lo ...more
Sandeep Saroha
Feb 24, 2012 Sandeep Saroha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the way he was giving the answers in the form of questions, like itn't it, thus encouraging the read to THINK himself...which is the most important thing. atleast in spiritual books. But i still have doubts. if mind, memory is really such an evil, why evolution, why the whole structure gave to humans?...just to cause him suffering? although very much spiritual, I still feels science give a better answer of that.
Seham
Apr 24, 2016 Seham rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
الايمان هو الدمار. يجب أن يتخلى الناس عنه ليعشيوا في سلام.
أعتقد ان هذي هي الفكره الرئيسية ممزوجة ببعض التوصيات الاخرى كترك الطموح و المعرفة و الذاكره و التفكير... هل التفكير يترك؟؟!!!!!!
ان كان ممكن كما يزعم لماذا لم يوورد الطريقة!.

الحرية هي بالوصول للحقيقة. اذاً كمسلمة لا أحتاج لاتباع مناهجه المبهم لأتجرد من كل ما تملكه ذاتي لأعود له ( الحقيقه ).

(useless)
لكن باعطيه نجمتين لقدرته لكتابة شي من لا شي :)
Wis
Nov 16, 2015 Wis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't expect to find what you're looking for in a book, or by following a guru, a set of beliefs or a discipline. No one will understand the 'self' like we will and this is basically all we need.
Jiddu Krishnamurti explains how the mind works, and how we can know and understand our 'self'. There is no goal or point to reach but simply barriers to remove. It takes action to study oneself, which is through relationship.
jeremy bradner
i read this for a class and it was pretty revolutionary for me when i first read it and for a few years after. however, it turned me into a lazy and negative person. i mean, i know what he's saying about the bad side discipline...but sometimes a little self discipline is necessary. i remember a quote from here though on the chapter where he posed the question "what is the meaning of life" the response was: "to live."
Memo
Aug 25, 2015 Memo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
لفت نظري عنوان الكتاب و التعريف عنه... قرأت حتى الصفحة 215 و لم استطيع التكملة لما فيه من أفكار خاطئة و مغلوطة..... يحاول الكاتب جاهداً الوصول للحقيقة التي هي الله..... و ثم يعود و ينكر وجود الله.... كوني مسلمة اعتذر بأسمى..... لعدم وصول الإسلام بشكله الصحيح لأمثال هذا المفكر... و أختم... بالحمد و الشكر لله أن اوجدني مسلمة
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Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11 May 1895 in Madanapalle, a small town in south India. He and his brother were adopted in their youth by Dr Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. Dr Besant and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be a world teacher whose coming the Theosophists had predicted. To prepare the world for this coming, a world-wide organization called the Order ...more
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