Jiddu Krishnamurti was a philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life he was groomed to be a guru and world teacher but later renounced and disbanded the cult organisation built around him. Nevertheless, he continued to give talks on topics such as psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He died in 1986.
Krishnamurti, often called “K”, was renowned for exploring mediation from the perspective of “choiceless awareness,” and popularised the saying “the observer is the observed.”
K believed too many fraudulent gurus had corrupted the word “meditation” over the years and grossly profited from their various “McMeditation,” novelties. But true mediation, according to K, can only occur when all seeking and effort comes to and end. When the mind is choicelessly aware of it’s own confusion, contradiction and disorder. That is the beginning of meditation.
His talks are slow going, but I think that was the point, to slow the mind, boil things down to their most simplest fundamentals, and encourage inquiry until that time where insight, stillness and space occurs naturally.
It took me a while to grasp his message as sometimes it seems to be going nowhere but eventually it fell into place and I started to appreciate his ideas. They definitely grew on me.
In this video he explores the question what is meditation and where does it get you? It isn’t something you can take a quick look at. It will bore you to tears if you try that. If you’re interested I recommend taking some time out to really give it a chance. The book “Freedom from the Known” is also a good place to start.