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"To Be Human" presents the core of Krishnamurti's message in a new way, alerting the reader to his innovative use of language, the ways in which he would use "old words with new interpretations'" The book's source notes will aid the inquisitive reader who wishes a deeper understanding of this...

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"To Be Human" presents the core of Krishnamurti's message in a new way, alerting the reader to his innovative use of language, the ways in which he would use "old words with new interpretations'" The book's source notes will aid the inquisitive reader who wishes a deeper understanding of this great teacher's message.

Why are we influenced? In politics, as you know, it is the job of the politician to influence us; and every book, every teacher, every guru - the more powerful, the more eloquent the better we like it - imposes his thought, his way of life, his manner of conduct, upon us. So life is a battle of ideas, a battle of influences, and your mind is the field of the battle. The politician wants your mind; the guru wants your mind; the saint says, do this and not that, and he also wants your mind; and every tradition, every form of habit or custom, influences, shapes, guides, controls your mind. I think that is fairly obvious. It would be absurd to deny it. The fact is so.

Author: J. Krishnamurti
Publisher: Shambhala
Pages: 205

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"To Be Human" presents the core of Krishnamurti's message in a new way, alerting the reader to his innovative use of language, the ways in which he would use "old words with new interpretations'" The book's source notes will aid the inquisitive reader who wishes a deeper understanding of this great teacher's message.

Why are we influenced? In politics, as you know, it is the job of the politician to influence us; and every book, every teacher, every guru - the more powerful, the more eloquent the better we like it - imposes his thought, his way of life, his manner of conduct, upon us. So life is a battle of ideas, a battle of influences, and your mind is the field of the battle. The politician wants your mind; the guru wants your mind; the saint says, do this and not that, and he also wants your mind; and every tradition, every form of habit or custom, influences, shapes, guides, controls your mind. I think that is fairly obvious. It would be absurd to deny it. The fact is so.

Author: J. Krishnamurti
Publisher: Shambhala
Pages: 205

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Ned
Ned's review

Metaphysical meanderings with Krishnamurti. How fun!

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Kathy
Kathy's review

Another failure on my part to "get religion." I had thought Krishnamurti was some guy from a long long time ago, but he's just another patronizing hypocritical soi-disant guru dick.

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Jennifer's review
Jennifer's review

Powerful Book--Very Complexs

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Bhakta Kishor
Bhakta Kishor's review

The book is a compilation of lectures and tapes, and covers Krishnamurti's discourses on human consciousness - emotions, war, and other aspects of our and society's paradigms. He is a brilliant man, but practically all of these spiritual philosophers seem to go out of their way to make everything difficult to understand.

The book may be short, but it is extremely dense. There is not a paragraph that does not contain some complex esoteric perspective. Often I had to re-read them a few times to make sense of the concept. And sometimes, I still wasn't totally sure. The bottom line is to figure things out for yourself and don't give away your power to others.

On love, I think Swedenborg's explanation is superior and far easier to understand - it is our essence. As with the other emotions, Krishnamurti does a great job of explaining what they aren't, but grasping the concept of what they are was difficult for me.

One thing for sure, the book does make you see things differently by challenging the accepted paradigms, and any book that makes you question yourself as much as this one is definitely worth reading.

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Eugene
Eugene's review

Just a few Buddhist insights wrapped in layers of condescension and sophism.

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