“Our everyday life — not the supreme moment of a second, but everyday life — is this act of imparting, listening, and understanding. And for most of us, listening is one of the most difficult things to do. It is a great art, far greater than any other art. We hardly ever listen because most of us are so occupied with our own problems, with our own ideas, opinions — the everlasting chattering of one's own inadequacies, fancies, myths, and ambitions. One hardly ever pays attention, not only to what another says but to the birds, to the sunset, to the reflection on the water. One hardly ever sees or listens. And if one knows how to listen — which demands an astonishing energy — then in that act of listening there is complete communion; the words, the significance of words, and the construction of words have very little meaning. So, you and the speaker have completely to share in the truth or in the falseness of what is being said. For most of us, it is a very difficult act to listen; but it is only in listening that one learns.”
Excerpt from What Are You Looking For?
All life is shaped by relationships. We must come to know them intimately so that we can fully experience their beauty and richness. Every interaction with another person, from our loved ones to strangers, has an impact on who we are and how we live.
To find answers about love and relationships that transcend time, culture, religion, read What Are You Looking For?
"Krishnamurti influenced me profoundly and helped me personally break through the confines of my own self-imposed restrictions to my freedom." —Deepak Chopra
“Krishnamurti is one of the greatest philosophers of the age.”
"Krishnamurti’s words offer the intimate spirit of a truly remarkable presence; poetic, gracious, vast like the sky, and wonderfully wise.”
About the Author:
Renowned for his profound and heartfelt wisdom, J. Krishnamurti is one of the world’s most influential teachers. In What Are You Looking For? he offers radical insights and reflections on a core feature of life: relationships. From parents and partners to friends and colleagues, Krishnamurti answers your deepest questions on loving yourself, others and the world around you