H C Singh

How to face Crisis? Views of J Krishnamurti

 J Krishnamurti (1895-1986) has been one of the greatest thinkers of 20th Century, not only of India but the whole world. There are a number of Krishnamurti Trusts and Foundations including one in USA and another in UK. Besides in India and a common Website for the entire world. His latest book ‘Facing a world in crisis’ is based on his lectures he delivered in Switzerland in 1972 and in UK in 1985.

The basic idea to deal with an individual’s crisis and that of national crisis or even the world crisis, according to reversed Krishnamurti are the same, i.e. not to be self centered or bothered about only one’s own self, nation, religion or community only and finally, if the mind is awakened and trained in this direction of selflessness, to think of the world as ones own and world crisis as ones and do whatever one can do to mitigate that crisis whether it is the crisis relating to global warming, which requires that every one should reduce consumption of electricity by switching off AC’s and even electric lights where not absolutely required. If it is a water crisis, as is developing all over, to use less water as far as possible and save water as much as possible.

 Here are some relevant and enlightening extracts, in Krishnamurti’s own words:

 On Love– Krishnamurti is absolutely right in saying that love is sublime, it is in the mind, it is in one’s actions. In his one of the lectures he says: – can love exist where there is hate and fear, where there is competition, where there is conformity, agreeing or disagreeing? Go into all this. Or is love nothing to do with all this? Obviously where there is self interest there cannot be love “Love is action and all else is reaction. An act born of reaction only breeds conflict and sorrow. Where the self is self is, love is not”.

 On Violence- Violence in relation to one individual with another, one community with another, one nation with another and finally violence in the world. Krishnamurti says “we are all in the same boat”. All of us, all the nations and the entire world have the same fate or future. Krishnamurti further expressed this view “I am the world”. There cannot be anything beyond what is implied in these two brief quotations.

On Job one loves: It is a world phenomenon that most of the people get jobs that they don’t love or want or ever wanted. In India, a Youngman who aspired for getting into IAS, IFS or IPS has to take up a job, any job for his livelihood. Similar is the case in other countries. Krishnamurti’s views are touching and enlightening which are given below:

As things are now politically, economically, with all the social injustices, you can’t find a job that you love. Is that it? That is, if you are an artist you say, “I love what I am doing.” If you are an artist you might love painting, writing a poem, or shaping marble or clay. But you will still depend for your livelihood on another; you have to sell your pictures, your poems. You have to accept others’ saying whether your poem is good or not, worth publishing or not, is saleable or not. So you depend on society.

That is, most of us are seeking status through a job. We don’t want to remain a cook, we want to become the chef, because the chef has status. We don’t want to be merely a priest, we want to become a bishop, then an archbishop, and finally the Pope, because that has immense prestige. So what most of us are concerned with is not function but status. Now, if you can remove status from your mind and do not seek it at all, then you accept what job you can, don’t you? And then that job becomes interesting. So am I seeking a job according to my temperament, which says, “I love that job”? And my temperament, my character is the outcome of my conditioning. So the job is decided on according to my conditioning and character. The conditioning is the result of the society I live in, and that society is,” Prestige, status is what is most important, not the function.” And so my conditioning says, “I must get to the top of my profession for the prestige it has.”

Krishnamurti has travelled all over the world many times and lectured for 50 years. Just as facing a world in crises is based on his lectures and is edited by a foreigner David Skitt. Similarly there are unaccounted number of lectures and books based in his lectures. Those interested in going deep in his philosophical, psychological, religious and cosmopolitan views they can contact one of the Foundations named after Krishnamurti.

April 30, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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