Art of Listening ~ Part 16

ADYAR 6TH PUBLIC TALK 3RD JANUARY, 1934 As this is my last talk here, I shall first answer the questions that have been asked me, and then conclude with a brief talk. But before I proceed to answer the questions, I should like again to thank Mr. Warrington, the President pro tem., for inviting me…

Art of Listening ~ Part 04

STRESA, ITALY 2ND PUBLIC TALK 8TH JULY, 1933 Question: It has been said that you are really enchaining the individual, not liberating him. Is this true? Krishnamurti: After I have answered this question, you yourself can find out whether I am liberating the individual or enchaining him. Let us take the individual as he is.…

Art of Listening ~ Part 15

ADYAR 5TH PUBLIC TALK 2ND JANUARY, 1934 This morning I want to explain something that requires very delicate thinking; and I hope you will listen, or rather, try to understand what I am going to say, not with opposition but with intelligent criticism. I am going to talk on a subject which, if understood, if…

Art of Listening ~ Part 03

ALPINO, ITALY 3RD PUBLIC TALK 6TH JULY, 1933 Friends, In these talks I have been trying to show that where action involves effort, self-control - and I have explained what I mean by these terms - there must be diminution and limitation of life, but where action is effortless, spontaneous, there is completeness of life.…

Art of Listening ~ Part 14

ADYAR 4TH PUBLIC TALK 1ST JANUARY, 1934 Krishnamurti was garlanded by a member of the audience who wished him a happy new year. Krishnamurti: Thank you. I had forgotten that it is a new year. I wish you all a happy new year too. In my brief talk this morning I want to explain how…

Art of Listening ~ Part 02

ALPINO, ITALY 2ND PUBLIC TALK 4TH JULY, 1933 Friends, Today I am going to talk about what is called evolution. It is a subject difficult to discuss, and you may misunderstand what I am going to say. If you don't quite understand me, please ask me questions afterwards. To most of us the idea of…

Art of Listening ~ Part 13

ADYAR 3RD PUBLIC TALK 31ST DECEMBER, 1933 If one can find an absolute guarantee of security, then one has fear of nothing. If one can be certain of anything, then fear ceases wholly, fear either of the present or of the future. Therefore we are always seeking security, consciously or unconsciously, security that eventually becomes…

Art of Listening ~ Part 01

ALPINO, ITALY 1ST PUBLIC TALK 1ST JULY, 1933 Friends, I should like you to make a living discovery, not a discovery induced by the description of others. If someone, for instance, had told you about the scenery here, you would come with your minds prepared by that description, and then perhaps you would be disappointed…

Art of Listening ~ Part 12

ADYAR 2ND PUBLIC TALK 30TH DECEMBER, 1933 As I was saying yesterday, thought is crippled, stultified, when it is bound by belief, yet most of our thinking is a reaction based on belief, on a particular belief or an ideal. So our thinking is never true, flowing, and creative. It is always held in check…

Art of Listening ~ Part 11

ADYAR 1ST PUBLIC TALK 29TH DECEMBER, 1933 Mr. Warrington, the acting President of the Theosophical Society, kindly invited me to come to Adyar and to give some talks here. I am very glad to have accepted his invitation and I appreciate his friendliness, which I hope will continue, even though we may differ completely in…