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True Listening and Learning – from The Book of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti (vegetarian), Part 1 of 2

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Jiddu Krishnamurti was an internationally renowned spiritual figure, born in 1895 in southern India, who, to this present day, is still considered one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time. He did not proclaim any religion, sect, or country, and always pointed out that we are first humans and do not need to identify with nationality, race or religious beliefs. From 1929 until his death in 1986, Jiddu Krishnamurti traveled throughout the world talking to large audiences, individuals, scientists, religious figures, writers, philosophers, educators, as well as giving radio and television interviews. Krishnamurti’s only concern was to set humanity “absolutely, unconditionally free.” 
His vision was for humans to have a more profound understanding of themselves and of the art of living, so as to bring about a new and peaceful generation. A compassionate vegetarian, the beloved Krishnamurti was also a founder of schools in India, the United States and the United Kingdom. They are based on a holistic, global outlook, with a concern for humanity and the environment and their interconnected relationship. The schools were established to be places where the existential concerns of life could be explored freely and responsibly. In addition, Jiddu Krishnamurti was an author of numerous books. Among them are “The Awakening of Intelligence,” “The Urgency of Change,” “Freedom from the Known,” and “The Flight of the Eagle.” Today, we will have a glimpse of some of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s insights from his book, “The Book of Life.” 
“Have you ever sat very silently, not with your attention fixed on anything, not making an effort to concentrate, but with the mind very quiet, really still? Then you hear everything, don’t you? You hear the far-off noises as well as those that are nearer and those that are very close by, the immediate sounds — which means really that you are listening to everything. Your mind is not confined to one narrow little channel. If you can listen in this way, listen with ease, without strain, you will find an extraordinary change taking place within you, a change which comes without your volition, without your asking; and in that change there is great beauty and depth of insight.”
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