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Bilinenden Kurtulmak

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Krishnamurti shows how people can free themselves radically and immediately from the tyranny of the expected, no matter what their age--opening the door to transforming society and their relationships.
Paperback, 2, 160 pages
Published 2010 by Omega Yayınları (first published 1969)
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Rakhi Dalal
What is “freedom”? When I have the right to do things as I wish them to, is that called freedom? Or when I can think and speak about issues on my mind, is that freedom? Are we ever actually free? What we do, the things we do, either according to the acceptable notions of society, according to societal idea of virtue, fame or success, or according to our own notions of pleasure, can we say we do it by being entirely free? Can we? Isn’t a free mind also free from the burden of accumulated thoughts ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Bethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
My friend died while I was reading this - he killed himself at 25, almost 26-years-old - and this book ties into so much of what I think was wrong about what he was thinking and why he killed himself, and it also helped me to be reading it, because it centered me and gave me perspective - to meditate, to neither be attached nor detached, to understand how violent and toxic society, religion, family, authorities, jobs and other values are.

My friend was too tied to those things and it ultimately
Jun 09, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not going to write reviews of all Krishnamurtis book because my understanding of what he was saying seems to be encompassed in this one.
Many years ago I was on a boat crossing from Greece to Egypt and got talking to an enigmatic lady called Erica. We talked for hours and she suggested that I must be interested in Krishnamurti. I had never heard of him so she wrote down the title of this book
Soon after I got back I bought the book and was mesmerized by the simple and profound truth of what
Jul 04, 2008 -uht! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
A few of my favorite quotes from this book. Hopefully I'll come back and put them all in here:

"A man who says, 'I want to change, tell me how to', seems very earnest, very serious, but he is not. He wants an authority whome he hopes will bring about order in himself. But can authority ever bring about inward order? Order imposed from without must always breed disorder."

"To be free of all authority, of your own and that of another, is to die to everything of yesterday, so that your mind is alway
Nov 20, 2014 rahul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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But we do not ask. We want to be told. One of the most curious things in the structure of our psyche is that we all want to be told because we are the result of the propaganda of ten thousand years. We want to have our thinking confirmed and corroborated by another, whereas to ask a question is to ask it of yourself. What I say has very little value. You will forget it the moment you shut this book, or you will remember and repeat certain phrases, or you will compare what you have read here with
John Ryan
Jan 08, 2008 John Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dharma
This was the first book (aside from children's shorts, of course!) I read from cover-to-cover out loud. I don't know why, but it occurred to me to take it very slow and allow each word, each sentence to sink in.

My experience through this journey that Krishnamurti invites was a reclaiming of my sense of authority/responsibility over my own life. For me, it was a soul-blooming experience: I opened even wider to the possibility that simply engaging in the direct experience of living might be "where
Chris Chester
I really don't know how one is supposed to go about reviewing a book like "Freedom from the Known." Krishnamurti is fairly explicit that learning from others is antithetical to true knowledge. Even consciously pursuing truth, he says, only puts a further barrier in front of it. So what's a reader to do?

His advice is essentially to live in the moment. Stop thinking and start experiencing. Don't look for truth, see truth. Instead of trying to improve yourself by consciously aspiring to a greater g
Jenn Chaplin
Dec 03, 2013 Jenn Chaplin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not at all what I expected. Instead of being told what to do, what to feel, and what to think like most philosophers; he instead challenges you to think for yourself and to learn these lessons on your own and not to follow him or any other leader to guide us because that will not succeed in creating change within ourselves. A very radical and inspirational book that is sure to intrigue any reader with an open mind.
Hussain Al-Abdali
As my first experience of reading Krishnamurti whom I found difficult to understand , I've come across many extraordinary ideas which shook my own knowledge regarding seeking truth , love, and happiness, etc. Krishnamurti believes that you are the only one who is responsible for getting his/her own truth and that nobody,no religion,and no beliefs or thoughts can give you the truth. If you ask him : what steps to follow in order to have my own truth? , then there would be no answers. It's just yo ...more
May 08, 2008 Zenzile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Zenzile by: My mom
One of the first books I have ever read by J. Krishnamurti. He is like no one else in the field of philosophy. I don't actually believe it is even possible to reduce him merely to a field of teaching. Because his purpose is more to awaken the critical thought process, and to stimulate awareness itself. He is not interested in being a self help device or in helping you turn your life around. I would say that the most concise description of his efforts are to turn the critical eye inward in order ...more
May 30, 2014 Keely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
While reading this book, a quote by Herman Hesse kept playing through my mind. "Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom." With that being said, I found this book to be very interesting with a lot of truth but a very hard read. I understood what Krishnamurti was trying to explain, but it took me a while to process and had to sit with parts of the book for a while to grasp what was being conveyed. I definitely agree with a lot of what was said but it took an open mind and a change in perspec ...more
Apr 08, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can never tell if krishnamuri is a brilliant philosopher or more akin to a child asking his mother questions about EVERYTHING it sees.

"mommy what's that"
"it's a pen dear"
"mommy what's that..."

His questions are explained in a way that makes them extremly thought provoking. I have lost hours of sleep muddling over even his simple philosophies, like the notion of love for example.

His core principle of never having an absolute understanding makes my brain do cartwheels. If your thinking philoso
Divya Kesaraju
Jan 31, 2015 Divya Kesaraju rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Krishnamurthy is a humbling experience. The clarity of his thought is amazing.
I read many philosophers,I would not consider him one. Most people take him for a philosopher but to me he is not. K is an educator.He is a world teacher.Most speakers or writers I know, take you to this mystic world and bring you back. K does not do that. He mastered the art of answering your questions without bringing in mysticism. I truly enjoy that.One of my favorite parts of this and many more of his book
Oct 06, 2012 Catie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Immaturity lies only in total ignorance of self. To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom."

"Truth has no path, and that is the beauty of truth, it is living."

"It is one of the most difficult things in the world to look at anything simply."

"Most of us are afraid of living as well as of dying."

"Attention is not the same thing as concentration. Concentration is exclusion; attention, which is total awareness, excludes nothing."

"A mind which is not crippled by memory has real freedom."

What can I say??? ....... Must read for yourself.
Maan Toor
Jun 12, 2015 Maan Toor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freedom From The Known has been called the primary work and magnum opus of J Krishnamurti. I never had read Krishnamurti before neither heard of him. So it was fresh to read a completely new work by someone i never had to judge before.

Although my review is a bit late now nevertheless i read it in 4 days. I got 40% understanding first so read it again and still hard to say if i completely get it. I have a Mary Luteyens edition so it's out of question to doubt on the translation. My friend had a
Dec 12, 2008 Yosevu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't attempt to describe this book in any qualitative form except to say that it made me think... something I already try to make a habit of. When I read Freedom from the Known, the feeling is one of euphoria. He is telling me what I know and helping me understand how and why I know it. Reading this book was also a humbling experience. Even though I'd like to think I know something, I really don't know much. And that simple fact is exemplified by the way I stumbled upon Krishnamurti. I was wa ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was difficult reading for me. There were some great nuggets, though, which spoke right to my heart. It could be that I'm too much of a "Western" thinker, I don't know. I read it because a friend of mine said it had been influential in her life. It was worth reading for those nuggets that spoke to me: Question everything I've been taught in this society, directly experience wonder without filters, be open to everything. Just not a fluid read for me nor easily digested.
Feb 13, 2013 Zeno rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A man who knows that he is silent, who knows that he loves, does not know what love is or what silence is."

I am following a man who does not like to be followed.
O, the irony.
Sep 22, 2015 Azamali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Table of Contents

I Man’s Search — The Tortured Mind — The Traditional Approach — The Trap of Respectability — The Human Being and the Individual — The Battle of Existence — The Basic Nature of Man — Responsibility — Truth — Self-transformation — Dissipation of Energy — Freedom from Authority

II Learning About Ourselves — Simplicity and Humility — Conditioning

III Consciousness — The Totality of Life — Awareness

IV Pursuit of Pleasure — Desire — Perversion by Thought —Memory — Joy

V Self-concern — Cr
Mar 27, 2014 Miles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As with many books that straddle the line between philosophy and mysticism, this one is about 20% deep wisdom and 80% pure gibberish. I enjoyed taking a tour of Krishnamurti's worldview, which is unique and in some ways inspiring. But I was ultimately frustrated by the apparent lack of concrete ways that his thinking can be applied to human life. I'm not dense enough to overlook the irony of that assessment: based on this text, Krishnamurti would say that looking for concrete ways to apply the t ...more
Rara Rizal
The thing is, I have come to the conclusion that it is nearly impossible to write an "objective" review about this book, because that would miss the point of the book entirely (or at least as I see it). At the very least, before reading this book a person has to do two things (and these things I did not do when I first read the book three years ago). First, to not treat it as a philosophical work, because a philosophical work would require a degree of reasoned deliberation. Second, because this ...more
I had really high expectations for this one, my first Krishnamurti book, and I was severely disappointed, but is having some difficulty figuring out, what exactly it was that rubbed me the wrong way, or rather, didn't rub me the right way...

I was mainly bored, and I guess that might be due to the fact that I never really connected to the voice of Krishnamurti, that somehow his way of talking about the matters at hand, just never really captivated me, never gave me that aching feeling of an expr
Aygul A.
Dec 26, 2014 Aygul A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything affirmed contains its own opposite, and effort to overcome strengthens that against which it strives.
When WE demand an experience of truth or reality, that very demand is born out of our discontent with what is, and therefore the demand creates the opposite. And in the opposite there is what has been. So one must be free of this incessant demand, otherwise there will be no end to the corridor of duality. This means knowing yourself so completely that the mind is no longer seeking.
Tejaswi Poluri
Apr 06, 2014 Tejaswi Poluri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Krishnamurthi's philosophy is Revolutionary. I can only compare him similar to Swami Vivekananda. After every chapter of the book, there is some peace that is established in our mind. The book helps us get a clarity of our thoughts and it helps us identify how to reduces the friction and the resistance that is stopping our thoughts to convert into actions which is nothing but living in the moment. I really liked his way of meditation than the traditional way it is taught.
Mike Lengel
Aug 12, 2016 Mike Lengel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He explains what cannot be explained in great detail.
Awdhesh Singh
Sep 01, 2014 Awdhesh Singh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is must read book for those who wish to know the philosophy of J Krishnamuthy. It is not easy to understand his thoughts unless you have read couple of his books. This may be the first book to start with. I learned many new ideas and thoughts when I read this book. Krishnamuthy is different than any other philosopher since his thoughts are original and he never quotes from any other book or Scripture for supporting his point of view.
Ryan Potter
Oct 07, 2012 Ryan Potter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Ryan by: Nobody
A great great exploration of critical thinking, or rather, seeing the world for what it is by not introducing the bias of thought. While this is not a book that can really be summarized (it has to be read to know what I mean), it gives insight into how one might go about living in the present and bringing about love and peace from within, rather than looking for it from somewhere else, real or imagined.
Gluhpy Memee
Oct 03, 2007 Gluhpy Memee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book is said to be foundation of Krishnamurti's teachings, and it should be the first book for people who want to learn. However, I've read the other books of Krishnamurti before and I found that this book is not so clear as those I've read. I guess it might be because of the translation not of the book itself. Anyway, it is a good choice for everyone who is new to his teachings.
Jenny Choi
Apr 30, 2015 Jenny Choi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jiddu Krishnamurti is the best writer that I have ever seen in my life. This book made me awake and changed every perspective that caused a lot of suffering in mind of human beings including me. By learning freedom from the known, I can pill off agony and start to learn genuinely.
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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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“Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.” 108 likes
“To be free of all authority, of your own and that of another, is to die to everything of yesterday, so that your mind is always fresh, always young, innocent, full of vigour and passion. It is only in that state that one learns and observes. And for this, a great deal of awareness is required, actual awareness of what is going on inside yourself, without correcting it or telling it what it should or should not be, because the moment you correct it you have established another authority, a censor.” 68 likes
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