Freedom from the Known

Freedom from the Known Krishnamurti shows how people can free themselves radically and immediately from the tyranny of the expected no matter what their age opening the door to transforming society and their relationships

  • Title: Freedom from the Known
  • Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • ISBN: 9780060648084
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • Krishnamurti shows how people can free themselves radically and immediately from the tyranny of the expected, no matter what their age opening the door to transforming society and their relationships.

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    1. What is “freedom”? When I have the right to do things as I wish them to, is that called freedom? Or when I can think and speak about issues on my mind, is that freedom? Are we ever actually free? What we do, the things we do, either according to the acceptable notions of society, according to societal idea of virtue, fame or success, or according to our own notions of pleasure, can we say we do it by being entirely free? Can we? Isn’t a free mind also free from the burden of accumulated th [...]

    2. My friend died while I was reading this - he killed himself at 25, almost 26-years-old - and this book ties into so much of what I think was wrong about what he was thinking and why he killed himself, and it also helped me to be reading it, because it centered me and gave me perspective - to meditate, to neither be attached nor detached, to understand how violent and toxic society, religion, family, authorities, jobs and other values are. My friend was too tied to those things and it ultimately [...]

    3. I am not going to write reviews of all Krishnamurtis book because my understanding of what he was saying seems to be encompassed in this one. Many years ago I was on a boat crossing from Greece to Egypt and got talking to an enigmatic lady called Erica. We talked for hours and she suggested that I must be interested in Krishnamurti. I had never heard of him so she wrote down the title of this bookSoon after I got back I bought the book and was mesmerized by the simple and profound truth of what [...]

    4. But we do not ask. We want to be told. One of the most curious things in the structure of our psyche is that we all want to be told because we are the result of the propaganda of ten thousand years. We want to have our thinking confirmed and corroborated by another, whereas to ask a question is to ask it of yourself. What I say has very little value. You will forget it the moment you shut this book, or you will remember and repeat certain phrases, or you will compare what you have read here with [...]

    5. A few of my favorite quotes from this book. Hopefully I'll come back and put them all in here: "A man who says, 'I want to change, tell me how to', seems very earnest, very serious, but he is not. He wants an authority whome he hopes will bring about order in himself. But can authority ever bring about inward order? Order imposed from without must always breed disorder.""To be free of all authority, of your own and that of another, is to die to everything of yesterday, so that your mind is alway [...]

    6. I really don't know how one is supposed to go about reviewing a book like "Freedom from the Known." Krishnamurti is fairly explicit that learning from others is antithetical to true knowledge. Even consciously pursuing truth, he says, only puts a further barrier in front of it. So what's a reader to do?His advice is essentially to live in the moment. Stop thinking and start experiencing. Don't look for truth, see truth. Instead of trying to improve yourself by consciously aspiring to a greater g [...]

    7. This was the first book (aside from children's shorts, of course!) I read from cover-to-cover out loud. I don't know why, but it occurred to me to take it very slow and allow each word, each sentence to sink in.My experience through this journey that Krishnamurti invites was a reclaiming of my sense of authority/responsibility over my own life. For me, it was a soul-blooming experience: I opened even wider to the possibility that simply engaging in the direct experience of living might be "where [...]

    8. خوندن این کتاب تقریبا 2ماه طول کشید .دلیل اصلیش هم بیشتر این بود که هیچ جوره نمی تونستم با نوشته های کتاب ارتباط برقرار کنم هر چند خط یه بار فورا" در مقابل نوشته ها جبهه می گرفتم و تو ذهنم یه بحث مفصل با نویسنده میکردم که "چرا و چطور؟!! "خلاصه اینکه برای من کتاب جالبی نبود.بیشتر از [...]

    9. This book is not at all what I expected. Instead of being told what to do, what to feel, and what to think like most philosophers; he instead challenges you to think for yourself and to learn these lessons on your own and not to follow him or any other leader to guide us because that will not succeed in creating change within ourselves. A very radical and inspirational book that is sure to intrigue any reader with an open mind.

    10. Reading Krishnamurthy is a humbling experience. The clarity of his thought is amazing. I read many philosophers,I would not consider him one. Most people take him for a philosopher but to me he is not. K is an educator.He is a world teacher.Most speakers or writers I know, take you to this mystic world and bring you back. K does not do that. He mastered the art of answering your questions without bringing in mysticism. I truly enjoy that.One of my favorite parts of this and many more of his book [...]

    11. One of the first books I have ever read by J. Krishnamurti. He is like no one else in the field of philosophy. I don't actually believe it is even possible to reduce him merely to a field of teaching. Because his purpose is more to awaken the critical thought process, and to stimulate awareness itself. He is not interested in being a self help device or in helping you turn your life around. I would say that the most concise description of his efforts are to turn the critical eye inward in order [...]

    12. As my first experience of reading Krishnamurti whom I found difficult to understand , I've come across many extraordinary ideas which shook my own knowledge regarding seeking truth , love, and happiness, etc. Krishnamurti believes that you are the only one who is responsible for getting his/her own truth and that nobody,no religion,and no beliefs or thoughts can give you the truth. If you ask him : what steps to follow in order to have my own truth? , then there would be no answers. It's just yo [...]

    13. While reading this book, a quote by Herman Hesse kept playing through my mind. "Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom." With that being said, I found this book to be very interesting with a lot of truth but a very hard read. I understood what Krishnamurti was trying to explain, but it took me a while to process and had to sit with parts of the book for a while to grasp what was being conveyed. I definitely agree with a lot of what was said but it took an open mind and a change in perspec [...]

    14. I can never tell if krishnamuri is a brilliant philosopher or more akin to a child asking his mother questions about EVERYTHING it sees. "mommy what's that" "it's a pen dear""mommy what's that"His questions are explained in a way that makes them extremly thought provoking. I have lost hours of sleep muddling over even his simple philosophies, like the notion of love for example. His core principle of never having an absolute understanding makes my brain do cartwheels. If your thinking philosophy [...]

    15. I had really high expectations for this one, my first Krishnamurti book, and I was severely disappointed, but is having some difficulty figuring out, what exactly it was that rubbed me the wrong way, or rather, didn't rub me theright wayI was mainly bored, and I guess that might be due to the fact that I never really connected to the voice of Krishnamurti, that somehow his way of talking about the matters at hand, just never really captivated me, never gave me that aching feeling of an expressio [...]

    16. "Immaturity lies only in total ignorance of self. To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.""Truth has no path, and that is the beauty of truth, it is living.""It is one of the most difficult things in the world to look at anything simply.""Most of us are afraid of living as well as of dying.""Attention is not the same thing as concentration. Concentration is exclusion; attention, which is total awareness, excludes nothing.""A mind which is not crippled by memory has real freedom.""What [...]

    17. "A man who knows that he is silent, who knows that he loves, does not know what love is or what silence is."I am following a man who does not like to be followed.O, the irony.

    18. Freedom From The Known has been called the primary work and magnum opus of J Krishnamurti. I never had read Krishnamurti before neither heard of him. So it was fresh to read a completely new work by someone i never had to judge before. Although my review is a bit late now nevertheless i read it in 4 days. I got 40% understanding first so read it again and still hard to say if i completely get it. I have a Mary Luteyens edition so it's out of question to doubt on the translation. My friend had a [...]

    19. I won't attempt to describe this book in any qualitative form except to say that it made me think something I already try to make a habit of. When I read Freedom from the Known, the feeling is one of euphoria. He is telling me what I know and helping me understand how and why I know it. Reading this book was also a humbling experience. Even though I'd like to think I know something, I really don't know much. And that simple fact is exemplified by the way I stumbled upon Krishnamurti. I was watch [...]

    20. This was difficult reading for me. There were some great nuggets, though, which spoke right to my heart. It could be that I'm too much of a "Western" thinker, I don't know. I read it because a friend of mine said it had been influential in her life. It was worth reading for those nuggets that spoke to me: Question everything I've been taught in this society, directly experience wonder without filters, be open to everything. Just not a fluid read for me nor easily digested.

    21. "الانسان الذي يعرف أنه صامت، الذي يعرف أنه يحب، لا يعرف ما هو الحب أو ما هو الصمت"

    22. I am speechless. Wordless. This book is not something I can describe. If you want to expand and awaken your mind, just read it.

    23. Truly profound and radical in its approach. An amazing inquiry into the self and one's own conditioning. This has the capacity to change every reader.

    24. One of my favorites from J. Krishnamurti. Some of the chapters are like: The tortured mind - The trap of respectability-The battle of existence- The basic nature of man-Dissipation of energy-Freedom from authority.Freedom from authorithy means: I will never follow anybody!

    25. The thing is, I have come to the conclusion that it is nearly impossible to write an "objective" review about this book, because that would miss the point of the book entirely (or at least as I see it). At the very least, before reading this book a person has to do two things (and these things I did not do when I first read the book three years ago). First, to not treat it as a philosophical work, because a philosophical work would require a degree of reasoned deliberation. Second, because this [...]

    26. For something that purports to be an introduction to Krishnamurti, I wouldn't recommend this one for the unfamiliar, despite it's small page count. There's wisdom to be found here for sure, but most of the time, to be brutally honest, he just kind of comes off like a know-it-all jerk. There's a lurking "i'm smarter than you", "if you do that this way you're a complete idiot" tone that pops up from time to time that's a real turn off, in my opinion. Maybe he's right, but that's really not the way [...]

    27. در طی قرون از کودکی توسط معلمین , قدیس ها , شخصیت ها وکتاب هایمان تغذیه شده ایم . میگوییم : " همه چیز را راجع به زندگی به ما بگویید یعنی چه چیزی آن سوی تپه ها و کوهستان ها , آن سوی زمین وجود دارد؟ " و آن وقت از توصیفاتی که به ما میدهند راضی میشویم در واقع این بدان معنی است که ما بر اساس [...]

    28. This is must read book for those who wish to know the philosophy of J Krishnamuthy. It is not easy to understand his thoughts unless you have read couple of his books. This may be the first book to start with. I learned many new ideas and thoughts when I read this book. Krishnamuthy is different than any other philosopher since his thoughts are original and he never quotes from any other book or Scripture for supporting his point of view.

    29. Krishnamurthi's philosophy is Revolutionary. I can only compare him similar to Swami Vivekananda. After every chapter of the book, there is some peace that is established in our mind. The book helps us get a clarity of our thoughts and it helps us identify how to reduces the friction and the resistance that is stopping our thoughts to convert into actions which is nothing but living in the moment. I really liked his way of meditation than the traditional way it is taught.

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