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The First and Last Freedom - J. Krishnamurti

The First and Last Freedom

Paperback Published: March 1975
ISBN: 9780060648312
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

"The author of this book is unique among spiritual leaders in that he espouses no organization, no creed, and no cult. He has a world-wide following but no "followers".

Aldous Huxley in his foreword selects the following quotation as Krishnamurti's fundamental theme: "To understand the misery and confusion that exist within ourselves, and so in the world, we must first find clarity within ourselves. Clarity is the result of intense self-awareness and right thinking. Right thinking comes with self-knowledge. Without self- knowledge what you think is not true." This is clearly an eastern philosophy, but Krishnamurti is no Hindu: he does not read the BHAGAVAD GITA nor the UPANISHADS nor the BIBLE for fear of shackling his thinking with beliefs. His is the acme of individualism - a personal seeking and finding of the truth without the assistance of books, leaders, organizations or propaganda.

Krishnamurti now lives in California and as one may expect he has a considerable following there. This book is calculated to add to his following, for it is a clear and intriguing presentation of a point of view which will appeal to many who are finding the more traditional approaches to truth to be blind alleys."
Kirkus Reviews

Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 19
What are we seeking?p. 28
Individual and Societyp. 34
Self-knowledgep. 42
Action and Ideap. 50
Beliefp. 57
Effortp. 66
Contradictionp. 71
What is the Self?p. 76
Fearp. 83
Simplicityp. 88
Awarenessp. 94
Desirep. 99
Relationship and Isolationp. 104
The Thinker and the Thoughtp. 108
Can Thinking solve our Problems?p. 111
The Function of the Mindp. 115
Self-deceptionp. 120
Self-centred Activityp. 126
Time and Transformationp. 131
Power and Realizationp. 136
Questions and Answers
On the present Crisisp. 145
On Nationalismp. 148
Why Spiritual Teachers?p. 150
On Knowledgep. 154
On Disciplinep. 157
On Lonelinessp. 165
On Sufferingp. 168
On Awarenessp. 172
On Relationshipp. 177
On Warp. 182
On Fearp. 186
On Boredom and Interestp. 190
On Hatep. 193
On Gossipp. 197
On Criticismp. 201
On Belief in Godp. 205
On Memoryp. 209
Surrender to 'What Is'p. 214
On Prayer and Meditationp. 216
On the Conscious and Unconscious Mindp. 222
On Sexp. 227
On Lovep. 232
On Deathp. 235
On Timep. 238
On Action without Ideap. 243
On the Old and the Newp. 246
On Namingp. 249
On the Known and the Unknownp. 255
Truth and Liep. 258
On Godp. 263
On Immediate Realizationp. 267
On Simplicityp. 271
On Superficialityp. 273
On Trivialityp. 275
On the Stillness of the Mindp. 277
On the Meaning of Lifep. 280
On the Confusion of the Mindp. 282
On Transformationp. 285
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ISBN: 9780060648312
ISBN-10: 0060648317
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: March 1975
Publisher: HARPER SAN FRANCISCO
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 13.56  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Type: New edition