Reading "Krishnamurti for Beginners" is something similar to watching a great trailer of what seems to be a phenomenal movie. You just can't wait to watch the full movie.
I am not entirely new to Krishnamurti's writing. With "Freedom from the known", he has already assured me that my questioning the conditioning of mind is not misdirected. But, before I could venture more into mind, I wanted to garner some beginner's perspective of this great teacher.
In this anthology of some of his public talks, conversations, writings, letters and dialogues, Krishnamurti tries to touch upon the various questions that trouble everyman's mind from time to time, about love, marriage, sex, suffering, god, education, enlightenment, et al.
Krishnamurti focuses more on understanding, realization and practice than mere reading, memorizing and regurgitating. He urges man to be intelligent, and not just knowledgeable as knowing confines him to a particular aspect whereas intelligence enables him to understand life in totality. He says
Intelligence is the comprehension of the whole process, the total process of life, not knowledge of one fragment of life.
Wisdom doesn't lie in books, nor in experience, nor in following another, nor in repeating a lot of platitudes. Wisdom comes to a mind that is understanding itself, understanding how thought is born."
If man focuses on "What is" rather than "What should be", a lot of inner conflict will die down freeing him from suffering. He says,
To break down the prison meant facing an often painful immediacy of 'what is' rather than chasing an often illusory promise of 'what should be' in some distant future."
"Know thyself" is the be-all and end-all answer to all of man's perplexing queries. Even for problems of love, he says,
Love is neither personal nor impersonal; it is a state of being. It is not of the mind; the mind cannot acquire it. You cannot practise love, or through meditation acquire it. It comes into being only when there is no fear, when this sense of anxiety, loneliness, has ceased, when there is no dependence or acquisition. And that comes only when we understand ourselves, when we are fully cognizant of our hidden motives, when the mind can delve into the depths of itself without seeking an answer, an explanation, when it is no longer naming.
Reading Krishnamurti is not easy. As some of his talks is little confusing than giving you the 'aha' moment. But you want to read him anyway, as you realize that the 'aha' moment is not far away.