Krishnamurti held annual talks and discussions in the Swiss mountain village of Saanen from 1961 to 1985. In 1985, photographer Mark Edwards was on hand to record the talks that Krishnamurti announced would be his last at Saanen. The talks and question and answer meetings collected in this volume present quintessential Krishnamurti themes.
Krishnamurti says, So we must inquire: What does it mean to see? What does it mean to observe? I am observing myself right? I am watching what I are my reactions, my prejudices, my convictions, my idiosyncrasies all that rubbish. I am watching. If I do not watch very, very carefully, listen to every sound that is going on in the watching, then I set a direction in which I must go.
Jiddu Krishnamurti lived from 1895 to 1986, and is regarded as one of the greatest philosophical and spiritual figures of the twentieth century. Krishnamurti claimed no allegiance to any caste, nationality or religion and was bound by no tradition. His purpose was to set humankind unconditionally free from the destructive limitations of conditioned mind. For nearly sixty years he traveled the world and spoke spontaneously to large audiences until the end of his life in 1986 at the age of ninety. He had no permanent home, but when not traveling, he often stayed in Ojai, California, Brockwood Park, England, and in Chennai, India. In his talks, he pointed out to people the need to transform themselves through self knowledge, by being aware of the subtleties of their thoughts and feelings in daily life, and how this movement can be observed through the mirror of relationship.