Becoming Aware of J.Krishnamurthy
The Yoga of J. Krishnamurthy
Jiddu Krishnamurthy lived form moment to moment, without the conflict of choice and recognition, with total awareness and understanding, and free from the compulsions of a mind that is accustomed to conditioning and the need for security. He was completely original in the sense that whatever he said came out of his present awareness and his unadulterated understanding of the immediate experience. There was no pretension or recognition of any authority on his part. He was free completely and truly. He recognized no authority, neither of Jesus nor of the Buddha nor of his own. He approved no religion or religious dogma that demanded recognition or acceptance or surrender. Throughout his teachings (if you can call it that), he quoted none, recommended no scripture, nor approved any saint or religious guru as an authority figure.
I wonder how he managed to live in that state of complete freedom and stay that way for a life time without being burdened by our compulsion to establish some kind of balance between our material and spiritual needs. It is not easy to lead a life of a choiceless and unconditional awareness and at the same time deal with the challenges of modern life which does not approve even the slightest hint of reservation against an established order or dictates of authority symbols.
It is difficult to say whether he had any particular aim or goal in life, because to say so means to contradict what he chose to oppose in the first place. He was against all forms of conditioning and recognition of authority. In his opinion to understand the ways of the mind was the means to true awareness and understanding. The first step in gaining true awareness is to understand how the mind builds its own defenses to cope with fear or find security through submission to authority and imitation of experience. Through ones own personal observation and experience, one becomes truly aware of how the conditioned self functions and through that awareness one becomes truly free. This has to be done not because some one told you, not because some one has experienced it and not because you have been prompted by your own fear or expectation.It has to happen on its own, spontaneously, the way a flower blooms or the sky opens up after a heavy shower.
Freedom comes when you are truly free. True freedom is when you are free from everything: your past, your conditioning, your experiences, your knowledge, your reflexive actions and responses, your notions of this and that, your acceptance of authority figures, your memory which is but accumulated experience, and your very awareness that is rooted in the memory of your previous experiences. Freedom does not come through dependence upon or slavery to someone else's opinion or authority. True liberation means unconditional freedom from all limitations and attachments. You are not free as long as you are tied to things that are not truly yours or not established in you. To experience truth you have to become truly aware of it, right at this moment. Truth is not a recollection or restatement of an accumulated memory. It is a direct awareness borne out of a personal experience that cannot be explained or transferred or communicated to others. It begins with self-awareness or true knowledge of oneself, which comes from pure observation that is not tainted by any expectation or notion or theory or compulsion or authority and gives rise to true awareness of self. This in brief is the summary of his entire philosophy.
What he spoke was not new. He was asking us to free ourselves from our bondage to ignorance that comes from our conditioning and others' knowledge. We can find traces of it in the teachings of the Buddha, the Upanishads and the teachings of Saivism and Vaishnavism. However Jiddu Krishnamurthy put it all in an extraordinarily unique way, that is at once simple, personal, modern and direct in its appeal, without the complexity and pretension of religious jargon, so that no previous study or knowledge of any ism or religion is required to understand it.
When he abandoned the theosophical movement and severed his connection with his mentors, his action was not directed against one specific movement or a group or organization. It was against all forms of authority and conditioning itself. For him it was a necessary first step that was in total conformity with the fundamental shift in his awareness. It was a declaration of freedom, total and complete, from his conditioned past and submission to authority, borne not out of some personal need but out of an awareness of true freedom. He renounced the world and its myriad tentacles of control, just as the Buddha did a few thousand years ago, to regain the simplicity and directness of moment to moment existence. He set aside all manners of recognition, authority, previous knowledge, sense of duality, importance of experience and acceptance of previous conditioning to find the presence of eternity and oneness of existence in the moment of his attention.
Probably J. Krishnamurthy would not have personally approved what I am trying to do here: quoting him or writing about him. He would have said that whatever I was writing here was not true because it came from my accumulated knowledge, my conditioned self, my notions of authority figures and a myriad other things, but not from my true awareness of pure and direct experience. He would have politely asked me with his big expressive eyes not to quote him as an authority figure or a standard measure of knowledge and wisdom.
So true to his approach, the best way to view these quotations is to pay attention to them with a fresh mind, free from the compulsions of formal education, authority of scriptures, personalities, dogmas and religion, accumulated knowledge, experience and mental conditioning.
Is that possible for ordinary human beings? See for your self.
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