The Last Bombay Talks 1985.
That Benediction is where you are consists of the last series of four public talks that Krishnamurti gave in Bombay, in February 1985.
The talks are remarkable for the unusual perspectives and nuances that Krishnamurti offers on the psychological issues he deals with.
There is a sense of poignancy in the substance and tone of the last talk, where he urges us to realize that we are wasting our lives by not freeing ourselves from our hurts, conflicts, fears, and sorrows, and by remaining in our narrow world of specialization. This freedom, he says, is the ‘first step’. The talk ends on a deeply religious notes with his profound observation: ‘So, if you give your heart and mind and brain, there is something that is beyond all time. And there is the benediction of that. Not in temples, not in mosques. That benediction is where you are.'
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"This short book is based on a series of four talks given in India in 1985. The talks are:
1) Our brain, which is amazingly free in one direction, is psychologically a cripple.
2) Thought and time are always together. They are not two separate movements.
3) Sorrow is part of your self-interest, part of your egoist, self-centered activity.
4) Is there meditation that is not brought about by thought?
I am quite surprised when I searched this book for 2 reasons: 1) I was surprised it had not been reviewed by several others as it is a gem and ranks as literature parallel in thought to the Dali Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. If you have the chance to pick this up - do so. 2) I am also quite surprised at the price of this - it is a bit much for what it is, but if you are quite well off it looks like it should be a classic for the shelf if you have a mini philosophy or spirituality - as there is no need for a temple or mosque as the benediction is where you are."