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Think on These Things

Think on These Things

 

 

さっそく結論になってしまうのですが、僕はクリシュナムルティのThink on These Thingsです。

僕はそもそも文字という媒体が退屈でまり好きではないので、欲を言うなら文字以外の媒体でこういうものが出てくるといいのですが…

彼のサイトがあって、そこにDaily Quoesとか動画が載っています。

 

www.jkrishnamurti.org

 

僕も読み終えていないんですが、読んでいて「頭いーな」と感心することが多いです。感心しっぱなしだと、数ページ読んだだけでお腹いっぱい(笑)

 

平易な英語で、彼も英語で執筆しているので、英語版で読むことをオススメしたいです。

 

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Think on These Things by Jiddu Krishnamurti
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is it the function of education to help us understand the whole process of life, or is it merely to prepare us for a vocation, for the best job we can get?Read more at location 69
 

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Surely, education has no meaning unless it helps you to understand the vast expanse of life with all its subtleties, with its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows and joys.Read more at location 76
 

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Not to imitate but to discover—that is education, is it not?Read more at location 90
 

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Living safely generally means living in imitation and therefore in fear.Read more at location 95
 

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so that you are able to face the world and understand it, not just conform to it,Read more at location 109
 

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because it is only those who are in constant revolt that discover what is true, not the man who conforms, who follows some tradition.Read more at location 110
 

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We are so clever with words, and we think that by offering explanations we have solved the problem.Read more at location 130
 

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Attention comes when you are deeply interested in something,Read more at location 140
 

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Now, is not the ambitious man destroying himself? That is the first thing to find out, not to ask whether ambition is right or wrong.Read more at location 143
 

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anything truly revolutionary is created by a few who see what is true and are willing to live according to that truth; but to discover what is true demands freedom from tradition, which means freedom from all fears.Read more at location 166
 

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Merely to have independence, does that mean freedom? Many people in the world are independent, but very few are free. Freedom implies great intelligence, does it not?Read more at location 179
 

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it comes into being only when you begin to understand your whole environment, the social, religious, parental and traditional influences that are continually closing in on you.Read more at location 181
 

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All that kind of thing gives us self-assurance, a sense of importance.Read more at location 188
 

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Whether in this world of politicians, power, position and authority, or in the so-called spiritual world where you aspire to be virtuous, noble, saintly, the moment you want to be somebody you are no longer free.Read more at location 191
 

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examinations are for that purpose; to give you a position, to make you somebody. Titles, position and knowledge encourage you to be something.Read more at location 194
 

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freedom lies, not in trying to become something different, nor in doing whatever you happen to feel like doing, nor in following the authority of tradition, of your parents, of your guru, but in understanding what you are from moment to moment.Read more at location 203
 

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To find out is not to come to a conclusion.Read more at location 219
 

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an intelligent mind is one which is constantly learning, never concluding.Read more at location 222
 

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An intelligent mind is an inquiring mind, a mind that is watching, learning, studying.Read more at location 226
 

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If you could read all the books in the world it would not give you intelligence.Read more at location 229
 

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To be free is not merely to do what you like, or to break away from outward circumstances which bind you, but to understand the whole problem of dependence.Read more at location 293
 

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It is not the mere physical dependence on another which is so binding, but the inward, psychological dependence from which you derive so-called happiness; for when you depend on somebody in that way, you become a slave.Read more at location 297
 

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Without love there is no freedom; without love, freedom is merely an idea which has no value at all.Read more at location 324
 

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A wrong means can never be used towards a right end. If the means is evil, the end will also be evil. Good is not the opposite of evil; it comes into being only when that which is evil has utterly ceased.Read more at location 343
 

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Society is the relationship between man and man,Read more at location 347
 

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society is the relationship between you and me and others.Read more at location 349
 

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The real function of education is not to turn you out to be a clerk, or a judge, or a prime minister, but to help you understand the whole structure of this rotten society and allow you to grow to freedom, so that you will break away and create a different society, a new world.Read more at location 357
 

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Our present education consists in telling us what to think, it does not teach us how to think, how to penetrate, explore;Read more at location 384
 

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They move from one job to another, from one relationship to another, from one religion or ideology to another, thinking that through this constant movement of change they will find happiness; or else they choose some backwater of life and stagnate there.Read more at location 392
 

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for most of us shyness implies self-consciousness.Read more at location 408
 

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Listening to find out has quite a different significance from listening merely to hear that which will confirm what you think.Read more at location 414
 

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The kiss is followed by the tear, laughter by misery and desolation.Read more at location 447
 

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You may learn to be very tidy, have good manners, and you may pass all your examinations; but, to give primary importance to these superficial things when the whole structure of society is crumbling, is like cleaning and polishing your fingernails while the house is burning down.Read more at location 466
 

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The rest are merely mouthing words,Read more at location 510
 

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all their ornaments and bodily decorations, their pujas and ringing of bells—all that is just superstition without any significance.Read more at location 510
 

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It is only when the mind is in revolt against all so-called religion that it finds the real.Read more at location 511
 

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And to find this inward joy is not easy, because most of us are only superficially discontented.Read more at location 531
 

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as you grow older you will find that to maintain this spirit of discontent is very difficult.Read more at location 544
 

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Questioner: Discontent prevents clear thinking. How are we to overcome this obstacle? KRISHNAMURTI: I don’t think you can have listened to what I was saying; probably you were concerned with your question, worrying about how you were going to put it. That is what you are all doing in different ways. Each one has a preoccupation, and if what I say is not what you want to hear you brush it aside because your mind is occupied with your own problem. If the questioner had listened to what was being said, if he had really felt the inward nature of discontent, of gaiety, of being creative, then I don’t think he would have put this question. Now, does discontent prevent clear thinking? And what is clear thinking?Read more at location 561
 

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But if you are discontented with everything—with your prejudices, with your beliefs, with your fears—and are not seeking a result, then that very discontent brings your thought into focus, not upon any particular object or in any particular direction, but your whole thinking process becomes very simple, direct and clear.Read more at location 576
 

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Young or old, most of us are discontented merely because we want something—more knowledge, a better job, a finer car, a bigger salary. Our discontent is based upon our desire for “the more.” It is only because we want something more that most of us are discontented. But I am not talking about that kind of discontent. It is the desire for ‘the more’ that prevents clear thinking. Whereas, if we are discontented, not because we want something, but without knowing what we want; if we are dissatisfied with our jobs, with making money, with seeking position and power, with tradition, with what we have and with what we might have; if we are dissatisfied, not with anything in particular but with everything, then I think we shall find that our discontent brings clarity.Read more at location 579
 

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Questioner: What is self-knowledge, and how can we get it? KRISHNAMURTI: Do you see the mentality behind this question? I am not speaking out of disrespect for the questioner, but let us look at the mentality that asks, “How can I get it, for how much can I buy it? What must I do, what sacrifice must I make, what discipline or meditation must I practise in order to have it?” It is a machine-like, mediocre mind which says, “I shall do this in order to get that.”Read more at location 585
 

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This ceaseless round of going to an office, working at something in which you have no vital interest, quarrelling, being envious, bearing children, gossiping with your neighbour, uttering useless words—you want to know if there is something more than all this. The very word “soul” embodies the idea of a state which is indestructible, timeless, does it not? But, you see, you never find out for yourself whether or not there is such a state. You don’t say, “I am not concerned with what Christ, Shankara, or anybody else has said, nor with the dictates of tradition, of so-called civilization; I am going to find out for myself whether or not there is a state beyond the framework of time.” You don’t revolt against what civilizationRead more at location 609
 

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“I am not going to accept, I am going to investigate, explore”—which means that you are not afraid to stand alone.Read more at location 625
 

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Love is factual, it is not emotional, something to be cried over; it is not sentiment. Love has no sentimentality about it at all.Read more at location 651
 

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Being virtuous has very little meaning in itself; but because you are virtuous there is precision in your thought, order in your whole being, and that is the function of virtue.Read more at location 847
 

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expansiveRead more at location 855
 

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I remember watching two red squirrels, with long bushy tails and lovely fur, chase each other up and down a tall tree for about ten minutes without stopping—just for the joy of living. But you and I cannot know that joy if we do not feel things deeply, if there is no passion in our lives—passion, not for doing good or bringing about some reform, but passion in the sense of feeling things very strongly; and we can have that vital passion only when there is a total revolution in our thinking, in our whole being.Read more at location 862
 

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Orderliness, tidiness, clarity of thinking are not very important in themselves, but they become important to a man who is sensitive, who feels deeply, who is in a state of perpetual inward revolution. If you feel very strongly about the lot of the poor man, about the beggar who receives dust in his face as the rich man’s car goes by, if you are extraordinarily receptive, sensitive to everything, then that very sensitivity brings orderliness, virtue; and I think this is very important for both the educator and the student to understand.Read more at location 869
 

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if you marry because you want to be loved, or if you are bored and use your job as a means of forgetting yourself, then you will find that your whole life is nothing but an endless search for distractions.Read more at location 2717
 

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