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Wisdom Books: The Awakening of Intelligence by J. Krishnamurti

“Intelligence comes into being when the brain discovers its fallibility, when it discovers what it is capable of, and what it is not.”

This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti’s teaching is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the great philosopher’s thought. Within general discussions of conflict, fear, violence, religious experience, self-knowledge, and intelligence, Krishnamurti examines specific issues, such as the role of the teacher and tradition; the need for awareness of ‘cosmic consciousness’; the problem of good and evil; and traditional Vedanta methods of help for different levels of seekers. Krishnamurti discusses these themes with Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, and Swami Venkatasananda, among others. ‘The Awakening of Intelligence’ is indispensable for all those intent on a fuller understanding of Krishnamurti’s teaching.

J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was a world-renowned spiritual teacher who, for more than fifty years, shared his message with people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. He wrote many books, including ‘First and Last Freedom, Freedom from the Known’, and ‘Last Talks at Saanen 1985’.
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J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) devoted his life to counseling and teaching. For more than half a century he was a public figure, traveling continuously around the world to share a message that has been heard and read assiduously by countless persons of all ages. He wrote many books including the Ending of Time, The First and Last Freedom, Freedom From the Unknown, Total Freedom.

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What Is The Best Way To Increase Wisdom?

The road to wisdom? Well, it’s plain and simple to express: Errand err again but less and less and less.

~ Hein, Piet

A person called Matt writes:

What is the best way to increase wisdom? Rote reading? To be able to apply wisdom, we must first know it, see it works, then we can own it, though repetition is the only way I know for that 3rd step. The goal being a fearless, tranquility, and freedom.

The following excerpt from the blog post ‘Increasing Wisdom’ attempts to answer Matt’s imperative question on applying wisdom in life:

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Wisdom Books: The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy

Published in 1884, ‘The kingdom of God is within you’ is perhaps Tolstoy’s most significant work of non-fiction. Due to the Russian censors, it was first published in Germany, but its dominant idea of non-violence echoed across the international stage throughout the 20th century.

In essence, the book is a defence by Tolstoy of the position on non-violence he adopted in ‘My Religion’; and therefore also an assault on the Orthodox Church. ‘Nowhere,’ says Tolstoy, ‘is there evidence that God or Christ founded anything like what churchmen understand by the Church.’ And in what it now proclaimed, Tolstoy believed the church was wasting its time: ‘The activity of the church consists in forcing, by every means in its power, upon millions Russian people, those antiquated, time-worn beliefs which have lost all significance.’

Freshly informed by Quaker ideals of non-violence; and full of both story telling and rhetoric, here is Tolstoy calling for a change in consciousness in society. He does not accept that ‘this social order, with its pauperism, famines, prisons, gallows, armies and wars, is necessary to society.’ That which is, is not that which must be.

Rooted in the Sermon on the Mount, Tolstoy’s Christianity is not primarily concerned with worship or salvation, but with a new way of behaving in society – behaviour informed by the pointlessness and sin of violence. Tolstoy tellingly reflects on the army at work – whether in internal repression or in national wars – and asks: ‘How can you kill people when it is written in God’s commandment ‘Thou shall not murder?’

Gandhi was ‘overwhelmed’ by the book, said ‘it left an abiding impression’, and in time, a correspondence started between the two men. The book convinced Gandhi that Hinduism and Christianity were one and the same at their core, and informed his passive resistance first in South Africa and then India; and later, of course, that of Martin Luther King in the USA.

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Wisdom Books: The Golden Verses of Pythagoras And Other Pythagorean Fragments

The ripe sayings of the Ancient Wisdom, as spoken again in the world of Greece–a world so much vaster than the area of the Greek peninsula–are somewhat fading from the minds born anew into the hurrying life of the twentieth-century West. But the West cannot afford to let them fade away, for more than ever are they needed now to breathe their undying music into the ears stunned with the clashing discords of a materialistic and luxurious civilization. Life grows too crowded and too showy; crowded, not full–for crowd is from without, fullness from within; showy,

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not splendid–for show is the veneer of wealth covering a base metal, while splendour is the gleam of the golden thread of stateliness interwoven with the silken web of noble character. Sorely is needed in such a life the strong, pure teaching of the elder days, when learning was held to be richer than wealth, and simplicity finer than lavishness. The Greece of Pythagoras, with its mathematics and music–order and harmony–has a message for the modern nations, disorderly and discordant, and this message may best come through those who, their own natures attuned by brooding over the Pythagorean wisdom, can teach by life more than by word “the Beauty which was Greece.” Read more …

Wisdom Books: Confucius and Socrates: Teaching Wisdom by Sanderson Beck

This detailed study of the lives and teachings of Confucius and Socrates compares how and what they taught in order to help others to become wiser. The appendix includes English translations of ancient texts describing their teaching in action.

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