With each generation’s discovery of something old, the old becomes the new. Isn’t that so with matters of wisdom? Wisdom is not always clean-cut and simple, until we get it. Nor is every passage in The Book of Life: Daily Meditations with Krishnamurti. What the writing does do is question the reader’s every thought, not allowing any assumptions or passive learning.
There is really just one book truly worth reading and that is the book of each of our lives—the book through which all other books come into being. The Book of Life makes readers “students of life.”
The book is divided in 12 chapters for each month of the year. Each chapter has passages on four themes ranging from listening, learning, desire, passion, marriage, intelligence, conditioning, dependence, violence, fear, attachment, happiness, grief, hurt, sorrow, to the mind and religion. In all, there are 48 themes. It all begins with listening.
It is quite amazing that this Indian-born writer and speaker, Jiddu Krishnamurti (born May 11, 1985 died February 17, 1986), was described as being a dim-witted boy with a vacant expression. Krishnamurti spoke passionately and eloquently on philosophical and spiritual matters, the mind, human relationships, meditation, and the need for revolution in the thinking process of human beings to bring a positive change in society. A true revolution of transformation comes from within, from individual thinking, and not from external factors. He is not the only speaker to suggest that.
Once the reader becomes familiar with Krishnamurti’s writing, the author’s words and voice may echo in Eckhart Tolle’s work. Many other modern day speakers have been influenced by Krishnamurti. Readers can make their own direct connection.
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