Best Books By Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Most popular books by J. Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti's books were usually compiled by others from his talks. Below you will find introductions to his work, but also deeper philosophic reflection and specific themes. Learn about God, relationships and the nature of experience - as well as about the main topic Krishnamurti talked about: how to live.

The position of Krishnamurti in his time is comparable to that of H.H. the Dalai Lama today: cutting edge scientists and psychologists flocked to him to get a unique perspective on both science and consciousness.

Think on These Things

The most popular Krishnamurti book

Krishnamurti talking to teachers, parents and students about the important things in life.

Because his audience is a mixture of those new to his teachings (the young) and people who knew them already, this book goes into it in depth - but in often simple words.

The most popular book on this page

In this book J.K. Says, among other things:

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Freedom from the Known

The best Krishnamurti book

Probably the best summary of the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti: finding your own path without conditioning and authority.

In this book J.K. says among other things:

When you reject something false which you have been carrying about with you for generations, ... you have more energy, you have more capacity, you have more drive. ... if you do not feel this, then you have not thrown off the burden, you have not discarded the dead weight of authority. But when you have thrown it off you have fear of making a mistake, no fear of doing right or wrong. (p.18)

First and Last Freedom - Probably the best known Krishnamurti book on my list

The basic teachings about the nature of our lives and how we can free ourselves of conditioning - cutting through symbols that end up standing in our way.

Quote from "The First and the Last Freedom"

This, after all, is the truth: to have the capacity of meeting everything anew, from moment to moment, without the conditioning reaction of the past, so that there is not the cumulative effect which acts as a barrier between oneself and that which is.

The Awakening of Intelligence - One of the more challenging books in the works of Jiddu Krishnamurti

In discussion with Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, and Swami Venkatasananda Jiddu Krishnamurti goes into the more difficult aspects of his teachings: the process (if there is one) of awakening intelligence/wisdom.

Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti

A collection of the most profound texts by J. Krishnamurti - gathered together by editors after his death.

The Ending of Time - David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti

This is perhaps Krishnamurti's most philosophical book. In conversation with David Bohm he deepens our understanding about the essential nature of Life, the Universe - and our experience of it.

Krishnamurti's Notebook

Most of the books by Jiddu Krishnamurti are collections of talks or compilations of texts from his talks around some subject or other. This is one of the few which he wrote himself - pen to paper. Like all these, his style is more meditative than in his lectures. He analyses humanity and its problems as he does elsewhere, but combines it with lovely descriptions of nature.

On Relationship

In 1950, Krishnamurti said: "If we are concerned with our own lives, if we understand our relationship with others, we will have created a new society; otherwise, we will but perpetuate the present chaotic mess and confusion."

In this book he goes into this subject more deeply: the place of sex, friendship and preconceived ideas in all our relationships.

Best Jiddu Krishnamurti Biographies

J.Krishnamurti: A Biography, Pupul Jayakar

One of the best biographies of Krishnamurti. It's based mostly on conversations Pupul Jayakar had with Krishnamurti at the end of his life.

Krishnamurti: His Life and Death, Mary Lutyens

Mary Lutyens was Krishnamurti's first biographer. This biography is a summary of the four books she wrote about him. She knew him since she was a small child and was one of the few people to be a friend to him all his life.

The Kitchen Chronicles: 1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti

Michael Krohnen gives us a very different perspective. This is a biography full of Krishnamurti jokes from the perspective of Krishnamurti's cook.

Star in the East: Krishnamurti--The Invention of a Messiah

Roland Vernon gives us a biography about the most famous part of Krishnamurti's life: how he was turned into a Messiah, and became a world famous spiritual teacher.