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The Awakening of Intelligence

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This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti’s teachings is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the great philosopher’s thought. With among others, Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, and Swami Venkatasananda, Krishnamurti examines such issues as the role of the teacher and tradition; the need for awareness of ‘cosmic consciousness; the problem of good and evil; and traditio ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 6th 1987 by HarperOne (first published January 28th 1973)
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In Awakening of Intelligence, Krishnamurti repeats the same message that he has always stated: The past, which is the known, keeps us bound. The mind is conditioned by patterns of thought, operating through grooves in the mind that result from clinging to experiences. By repeating and reinforcing these same patterns, a perception is solidified and reality is, consequently, fragmented.

This book helped me a couple of years ago by serving as an introduction to perceptual, empirical conditioning. Kr
Rosa Ramôa
Apr 07, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing
"A forma mais elevada de inteligência é a capacidade de observar sem julgar". (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
Cyril Wong
Jul 21, 2010 Cyril Wong rated it it was amazing
Nothing like Krishnamurti to remind me of that which is important; a revision of Buddhistic ideas about the fluidity of thought--this anti-guru tells us that we should not bother with thought at all! Of course, the paradoxical nature and impossibility (and ultimately, the freedom) of such an idea (a thought!) is what makes this book so captivating, as Krishnaji explains and explains precisely what he means, engaging both the reader as well as the person he is talking to in each chapter, from phi ...more
Lewis Manalo
Oct 31, 2009 Lewis Manalo rated it really liked it
This is one of the five books I took with me when I first deployed to Afghanistan. A record of talks Krishnamurti held, the book can get repetitive as people in his audience keep asking the same questions over and over. The questioners also ask such metaphysically weighty questions with no sense of irony that the book feels a little dated.

That said, Krishnamurti is an amazing thinker, influential to many of the spiritual writers of today - and to Bruce Lee, which is how I discovered him. His ic
Mar 11, 2012 martin rated it it was amazing
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Make no mistake, what Krishnamurti teaches is not another philosophical system - it is the end of all systems; it is the end of everything except love, which can operate only in an atmosphere of unselfishness and therefore freedom. The message is that the ending of sorrow is found in the cessation of self-interest which is the source of all conflict - self-interest including the desire to achieve even the most lofty spiritual ideals. If one has ever felt a longing to live completely without conf ...more
Jun 15, 2011 Brandon rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. It's not a book that you have to read from cover to cover, which I really enjoyed, because you can just pick it up at any point, find a topic you want to "dig in deep and REALLY think about," and go ahead and read about it. My best friend and I once had a 4 1/2hr conversation discussing two pages in this book. I recommend this book to somebody who's just getting into philosophy, because it's definitely not the "easiest" of reads, however there's a wealth of knowledge in it' ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Timothy rated it it was amazing
There is a simplicity and profoundness to Krishnamurti's talks, he often connects the topic back to root causes of the human condition. He offers a brilliant perspective of the nature of ego, security, suffering, and thinking itself. It is a profoundly simple message, yet eloquently conveyed with strong questions to break through the fears and egos that prevent the human mind from understanding something that is otherwise quite simple.
Philen Naidu
Mar 10, 2013 Philen Naidu rated it it was amazing
What a thinker! This book will rattle your brain in many new directions and will strip away so much conditioned thinking. This is not for the lighthearted. If you enjoy philosophy, you need to read this.
Feb 07, 2016 Sunny rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
This was one of those paradigm shifting books you occasionally come cross. Jiddu challenges almost all of the fundamental norms and philosophical conventions you or I would typically live by. In many ways his style of discussion (this book comprised a series of lectures and exchanges he had with various audience members and specific individuals) was very Socratic in many places. My one main criticism would be that at times he comes across extremely arrogant to the point that you get the impressi ...more
Aug 04, 2013 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
The book is basically a transcription of seminars from the early 70's concerning the nature of intelligence and how thought acts to drown it out, through the pursuit of pleasure and security, which produces a fragmentary world of conflicting concepts and illusions that removes one from the reality of the present. The ideas run parallel with the left brain/right brain concepts of modern neuroscience and the authors teachings are the bedrock of contemporary spirituality literature.
Although much
Man O'neal
Oct 11, 2010 Man O'neal rated it it was amazing
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This is a heavy, lengthy and intense read. That being gives one plenty of food for thought. I did find that it does require focus to understand the words of Krishnamurti...but it is not one of those books that just seems impossible to grasp. I don't know if Krishnamurti's philosophy is true or false, but it's definitely interesting and something to take into consideration. Very intriguing and eye-opening (I use that term loosley) at some points. I don't know what else to say after that ...more
Jun 28, 2007 Bryan rated it it was amazing
This man may have single handedly changed my life. HIm and maybe a punk rock....
Kenny Guzman
Oct 16, 2014 Kenny Guzman rated it it was amazing
Denzel is reading a book in one of his scenes in the historical autobiographic movie based on a legendary boxer from Paterson, Nj. The man recently passed away this year. But In the movie, Denzel is reading this very exact book in his cell block while awaiting appeal. Framed, coerced and wrongfully imprisoned, he held composure facing wild adversity and did the knowledge to eventually free himself. The movie is called hurricane carter.

Reading the book I got halfway till I realized I should be
Dec 27, 2013 Gaurav rated it really liked it
Loved this book. I never thought I would read and enjoy Philosophy at this time, however, once I started reading it, I was understanding what was being said and I kept on going. It reminded me the Vipassana camp I did in 2012. It talks about some of the lessons taught by Vipassana and goes even more meta about thought and intelligence.

He keeps coming back to the fact that you, as an intelligent person, a curious person, has to have immense energy and enthusiasm to inquire about how life works.
I watched a couple talks by Krishnamurti earlier this year and his ideas about letting go of ideals has been bouncing around my head since then. Krishnamurti teaches that ideals are fabrications of a reality that does not exist and he teaches that we should not cloud our present thought with such delusions. He encourages methods of accepting and acting based on the present moment and not getting hung up on needs for security and control in a constantly transient life.

It is very refreshing to re
Jun 15, 2013 Cyberpayanee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one of the outanding spiritual books of the last century. This is also one of the books I will never finish reading. It is to be contemplated upon -not reading in the normal sense. The section pages 384 - 414 for me is favourite. Interview with Bohm at the lastpart is insightful. I have been with this book for several decades but re read when i need contemplation. In fact i have a few books that are favourite for reapeated study. Nissagar Datta maharaj's I am That, Ramana maharishi's talks ...more
Feb 25, 2011 James rated it it was amazing
It took me most of a year to read this book. And this was the second time I read it. It still is one of my all time favorite books. It's offers a full view of Krishnamurti's philosophy through transcripts of his talks in India and London. If you want to understadn why "thought is a prison" and why the images you hold about others interfere with your personal growth and realization of Truth and compassion, this is a good book to read. It's the kind of book you have to study and apply to yourself ...more
Justin Podur
Jul 06, 2013 Justin Podur rated it it was amazing
Shelves: how-to, education
I came across Krishnamurti's name digging around in Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet Kune Do. Krishnamurti is listed in there in one of Bruce's lists under "Mental Training". And that's what this is. Krishnamurti's reading is like meditation, spirituality, or mysticism, but without any of the obesiance to authority, supernatural claims, or mystification. I have gradually become more focused on social and political suffering and social and political solutions to human misery, but for help with trying to u ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Katrina rated it it was amazing
Not an easy read. Definitely helpful to have at least a beginners level understanding of "New Age" thinking prior to reading although can understand with a little extra thought if unfamiliar. Great ideas and ways of thinking about human experiences (pain, suffering, love, attachment, intelligence, etc.). This is definitely a book you need a pen and highlighter for and perhaps even notes to organize your thoughts alongside Krishna's. This book has already expanded my viewpoint of "the center" vs. ...more
Mar 22, 2007 Eliza is currently reading it
200 pages into this book and I finally have some idea what Krishnamurti is speaking about. He is writing about seeing and how this is different than learning and seeking, etc. "So what is important is not to learn, but to see and to listen... Then out of this listening you will find that all seperation between the observer and the observed comes to an end... If you can see, than you have nothing else to do, because in that seeing there is all discipline, all virtue, which is attention. And in th ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Nidish rated it really liked it
It is a very deep book, I wouldn't say it was too fast either. i think the size of the book clearly shows one of the most important thing J Krishnamurti has said, the questions are empty, and only so much can be said(it gets repetitive towards the end). But that does not mean in any way that one shouldn't read through the book, for I could discern more clarity towards the end and the conversations with Swami Venkatesananda and David Bohm are truly remarkable!
May 15, 2007 Gwennie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone seeking enlightenment
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i've read this literally dozens of times. you find something new every time. i love it. i am a big fan of krishnamurti so i am a little biased. this book is just a series of speeches and lectures; but put together in a most excellent manner... to put a summary on the book in laemans: he breaks conscious thought down into the most simplest of forms, and from there we find our answers to awareness, human emotion and function.
Hermi Visser
Feb 21, 2014 Hermi Visser rated it did not like it
I laboured through this book! It was a triumph in itself just to finish reading it! His audience seemed to be forever groping in the dark....he is very unattached to anything, doesn't read any books (one can see that clearly!), very self-opinionated, ask the same questions over and over again and always looked down upon anybody's viewpoint....sigh....I took about 9 months to labour through it....phew!
Karen Lewin-Hicks
Sep 09, 2012 Karen Lewin-Hicks rated it it was amazing
To anyone who has ever questioned man's everyday role in existence, introduction to Krishnamurti's expressions are mandatory. Delivered in the no-nonsense style that is solely Krishnamurti's, this writing lends doubt to our definition of intelligence. Furthermore, it presents a measurement of intelligence that is clear, above-standard and involves more than heavy brain power.
Adam Knight
Feb 25, 2013 Adam Knight rated it it was amazing
Despite marking this is read I can't say I've ever finished it, I'm always starting it again, going back this chapter and that speech. It can sometime take a lot to really understand Krishnumarti's ideas and philosophies, one to keep on the book shelf ready for whenever you want to pick it up and advance your knowledge of it.
Nov 21, 2008 Robert rated it liked it
The author of this book, J. Krishnamurti is a true genius. The interviews of him by other philosophers are remarkably fascinating. After reading this book, certain views of mine have changed. I have learned a lot about what really is and what really isn't. I think Krishnamurti is a great philosopher. I would recommend this book to mostly adults/
Josh  Giunta
Aug 06, 2009 Josh Giunta rated it it was amazing

staggering brilliance...

"You are the world and the world is you"

'the world' is your mind's perception of the then it's best to develope both your mind and therefore the world.
Reminds me of that P-Funk song... "free your mind and you ass will follow"
Aug 07, 2008 Shan is currently reading it
awesome thinking. its very dense reading but if you want to read some revolutionary thinking about humans and the quest for happiness, this is a good read. This is not pulp fiction so its not written in that style
J Ruth
Oct 30, 2011 J Ruth rated it it was amazing
The Awakening of Intelligence is for those who realize there is more to awaken to, perpetual promise in every moment and a critical need to divest of the spiritual vibes of our past experiences...but that's putting it mildly. This book must be read...
Alan Conlan
Aug 03, 2013 Alan Conlan rated it it was amazing
Message to the reader: Be still, let everything go, particularly your position. Be without judgment or appreciation and just allow Krishnamurti's words to penetrate the shell of your mind.
Alan Conlan
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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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