Daily Meditation – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Daily Meditation with Krishnamurti

I first came across the philosophies of J Krishnamurti in 2007, when my youngest son went to work at Brockwood Park School in Hampshire, UK, a school that is run by the Krishnamurti Trust and follows the Krishnamurti philosophy on education and practices daily meditation with pupils and staff alike. I have read many of the books that have been written about him and found his philosophy opened my mind to another brand of spirituality otherwise unknown to me.

Krishnamurti was born in 1895 near Madras in India. 

He was  subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and Charles Webster Leadbeater, … who believed him to be a "vehicle" for an expected World Teacher  (Wikipedia)

The Order of the Star of the East was set up with Krishnamurti at its head and he was sent to England to be privately educated and to be trained for his pending role.  Eighteen years later, in 1929, Krishnamurti dissolved the order. The role no longer suited his beliefs, which were that following a guru did not bring about freedom. He believed that truth could not be found from someone else or by any form of conditioning and he encouraged people not to follow him in the conventional sense, but rather encouraged them to “be a light to oneself”. He continued to travel throughout the world delivering talks about his philosophy and answering the many questions posed by eager onlookers.

In his book “This Light in Oneself- True Meditation” Krishnamurti makes no bones about the fact that meditation is not following the methods laid down by an authority or a tradition; nor, he says, should it stand alone or be an escape. He believes it should be an integral part of our daily lives, the whole of our lives. He sees daily meditation as a transformation of the mind, an ability to be mindful of our every thought and action.

Krishnamurti’s views on meditation are complex. He sees meditation as  completely bound up with the understanding of life, the need to die to yourself in order to experience order, virtue and beauty, and the ultimate “light within oneself”

Krishnamurti warns against the need to make an effort to meditate.  Making an effort to quieten the mind or making an effort to concentrate on an object or a mantra, demands a degree of control and therefore prevents us from experiencing the true essence of meditation.

Krishnamurti believes that the ultimate purpose of meditation is to create a silent mind, through the practice of attentiveness and listening, so that in the emptiness new things can take place.

Many of Krishnamurti’s views on daily meditation practice are quite radical, as they attempt to encourage us to find our own way, and in doing so contradict a lot of conventional thinking on meditation.

Although Krishnamurti never published any books himself, many of his talks and the writings in his notebooks have been repurposed into books and commentaries, and have been published since his death.

His Book This Light in Oneself is one I can personally recommend, it will give you an insight into the man himself but will also help you to understand his radical approach to meditation and help you to broaden your view on meditaion and spirituality in general.

Another profound book on daily meditation is The Book of Life: Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti This book is organized so that each page provides a commentary on a different topic, each one offering words of wisdom on an aspect of life, offering the reader lots to " meditate" on!

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