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Cover for What Is the Relationship Between Attention and Lack of Attention? – Saanen 1974
Isbn: 978-87-1167-303-4
Publisher: Saga Egmont
Religion & Beliefs Philosophy
Accessible since: August 2021
Narrator: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


What Is the Relationship Between Attention and Lack of Attention? – Saanen 1974

Listen to talks from J. Krishnamurti's Saanen gathering in Switzerland, 1974.

This talk: What Is the Relationship Between Attention and Lack of Attention? – 3 August 1974

• We are educated to follow, accept and conform. This is tradition, second-hand.
• When you become aware of conformity without reaction is that awareness the act of intelligence?
• Does the mind realize the nature of conformity, intelligence and awareness?
• I am attentive for a minute and there is no border, no time, no 'me', no problem. The whole energy is involved in that attention. This is a tremendous movement.
• Attending, I can do things without effort and thought.
• The mind gets tired and moves to inattention. In that state of inattention action goes on and must be conditioning.
• There is attention the moment the mind is aware that it is inattentive.

Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895 – February 17, 1986) was a world renowned writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual subjects. His subject matter included: the purpose of meditation, human relationships, the nature of the mind, and how to enact positive change in global society. Krishnamurti was born into a Telugu Brahmin family in what was then colonial India. In early adolescence, he had a chance encounter with prominent occultist and high-ranking theosophist C.W. Leadbeater in the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras (now Chennai). He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a 'vehicle' for an expected World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the world-wide organization (the Order of the Star) established to support it. He claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world as an individual speaker, speaking to large and small groups, as well as with interested individuals. He authored a number of books, among them 'The First and Last Freedom', 'The Only Revolution', and 'Krishnamurti's Notebook'. In addition, a large collection of his talks and discussions have been published. At age 90, he addressed the United Nations on the subject of peace and awareness, and was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal. His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at home in Ojai, California. His supporters, working through several non-profit foundations, oversee a number of independent schools centered on his views on education – in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States – and continue to transcribe and distribute many of his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and other writings, publishing them in a variety of formats including print, audio, video and digital formats as well as online, in many languages.

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