Krishnamurti: Reflections on the Self
- Narrated by: Jim Tedder
- Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 17-03-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Born of middle-class Brahmin parents in 1895, Krishnamurti was recognized at age fourteen by theosophists Annie Besant and C W Leadbetter as an anticipated world teacher and proclaimed to be the vehicle for the reincarnation of Christ in the West and of Buddha in the East. In 1929 he repudiated these claims and travelled the world, sharing his philosophical insights and establishing schools and foundations.
Because Krishnamurti had no interest in presenting theories, his thought is far removed from academic philosophy in the analytic tradition, yet his insights remain extremely relevant to contemporary philosophical theories and to those interested in understanding themselves and the world. Rather than a theorist, Krishnamurti is regarded as a seer and a teacher. He perceived inherent distorting psychological structures that bring about a division in the individual's consciousness between “the observer” and “the observed”. He believed this division was a potent source of conflict, both within the individual and externally for society as a whole, and offered a way to transcend these harmful structures through a radical transformation in human consciousness.
This is a collection of Krishnamurti's writings and lectures about the individual in relation to society. He examines the importance of inquiry, the role of the emotions, the relation between experience and the self, the observer/observed distinction, the nature of freedom, and other philosophical ideas.
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By tarquino on 22-06-15
Would you listen to Krishnamurti: Reflections on the Self again? Why?
Probably not. Not for some time at least. This is not to say it was not extremely illuminating, but to listen again would defeat the purpose of the work - for me at least, as the message is delivered loud and clear, piece by piece into a congruent whole and repetition would seem to me to be an exercise in cataloging and memorising for rather flaccid intellectual whimsy. The whole point seems to be to not merely read and to pat yourself on the back for intellectually understanding, but rather to do, to investigate for yourself.
The purpose of the collection seems to be to break down the psychological components of the ego driven self - desire, fear, ambition, anger, jealousy, sorrow and above all conflict, in order to see what lays beyond. Not to repudiate and dismiss them through the forms of denial offered in the numerous methods which are probably familiar to anyone picking this book up in the first place, but rather to acknowledge them as an inescapable part of you and by simply observing them - neither accepting nor condemning, filtering or interpreting them through the medium of thought based on prejudicial memory, then they cease to become objectified and external, and thereby, apparently, cease.
What this leaves you with I have no more idea than I did when i first started listening to the book. I have read Krishnamurti several times over the years but I feel that in the listening I was more able to understand the clarity of the points, reiterated again and again in differing forms but always returning to the central point.
It still leaves big questions, but leaves you with the feeling that many of the ways you have previously sought fulfillment to these answers are somewhat childish and probably raise more obstacles than they lower. Do you yearn to perfect the art of Yoga, follow the path of the Buddha, to imitate Christ, to understand the Tao? Perhaps that is part of the reason you never will!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Krishnamurti: Reflections on the Self?
Not really applicable! The book should be taken as a whole.
Have you listened to any of Jim Tedder’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't listened to him before. I found the description in one review of his voice being like the voice over for a movie trailer quite amusing (and a little bit precious...), but I can see what the reviewer meant, he does have a rather sonorous, slightly booming quality to his voice, but I found it rather neutral actually and quite appropriate (I actually preferred it to Krishnamurti's own voice - shock horror!). He also read very carefully, with good emphasis, rhythm and clarity. I don't usually like American narration on non American books (now who's being precious?), but this was a good choice (one star removed only because it wasn't Richard Burton!).
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Again not really applicable for the same reason as above.
Any additional comments?
Reading and hearing Krishnamurti always leaves me with the feeling that I understand what is being said, but the thought that remains is that I am like a blind man being asked to simply, see. Although I also feel that, to a certain extent, some more of the cataracts have been forever removed.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Belluaire on 26-06-17
Profoundly thought provoking and life changing wisdom
Challenges many/majority of the notions that so called 'society' would have us believe - unlike many 'new age' manipulative books, Krishnamurti has no hidden agenda - this is an extraordinary work. Ignore it at your peril....
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By Susan Holmes on 22-03-15
Life changing look at my self. Thank you.
Very very good book that I would suggest to everyone I meet.every were I go this book has for me back on the path to back to the person that I thought I would never be again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By El Bruno tal on 21-01-18
Love is selfless
The good: I can't give this content anything less than a 5/5. Krishnamurti displays a refreshing disregard of any authority, even his own, at the same time revealing deep insight: just nails it, over and over again.
The warning: This book is presented as a series of lectures with questions and answers at the end of the lecture. The listener must be aware of the fact that Krishnamurti will list a number of observations about common human longings and fears, which are expected to be recognised by the listener through own self-examination. So here it is not enough to have an intellectual understanding (of psychology or whathaveyou), one must have done the actual work.
The bad: some of these conversations have ideas that can go quite deep. Ideally one wants to think about a certain sentence that has been said, and its implications and that forces one to pause the audiobook, or even rewind a little bit every now and then.
The ugly: The narration is clear, but robotic. It is somehow unforgivable to screw up the narration of a text that is, already by itself, written in the format of a conversation. One needs to really think twice first about the text and then about how the original conversation would sound like. This makes it more difficult to understand a content that by itself isn't easy to grasp, even in text form.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful