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Early Writings

Collection of J. Krishnamurti Early Writings, 1927, 1928 and 1929

Foreword to Early Writings

With the death of his brother Nityananda, on the 13th of December 1925, Jiddu Krishnamurti found himself in deep personal crisis, perhaps the most painful episode of his life. While in the throes of this great sorrow, he struggled to understand what he was going through. In fact, the death of Nitya appears to have been a decisive turning point in the spiritual evolution of Krishnamurti. Nitya's death served as a springboard for Krishnamurti, catapulting him towards his final liberation. By 1927, at the age of 31, his spiritual development is complete and the forceful and overwhelming impact of this recent mystical experience is visibly evident in the immediate years thereafter. It comes through in the language, vocabulary and style of this period.

Krishnamurti´s language in this early period was in flux and changed drastically from year to year. He introduced new modes of expressions - the Kingdom of Happiness, Liberation, Truth, Voice of Intuition and Individuality - that were soon dropped and replaced in turn. Indeed, Krishnamurti is purported to have categorized his talks and writings before 1933 as "patchy" and wished that the early writings are ignored. However a closer examination reveals that although his language was evolving, the essence of his teachings remained consistent from this period until his death. With remarkable rapidity and in direct response to misinterpretation and translation on the part of his audience, Krishnamurti began "cleansing" his words and so developed the lean, precise and contemporary language style that he became renowned for.

The early works not only shed light on the origins of the central, underlying concepts of the teachings but also reveal why he felt it necessary later to adopt his trademark, stark, non-compromising stance. However, if examined with the benefit of having read the later works, the emotive nature of these early works need not cover over the fundamental insights that Krishnamurti's teachings embody. On the contrary, if we are wary of the inherent danger of misinterpretation, this material affords a rare glimpse into a mind that has only just discovered the “Kingdom of Happiness”.

In these early stages Krishnamurti spontaneously describes what he is experiencing and attempts to communicate the kind of mind required to achieve this state of "true happiness". He uses words in a natural and "innocent" fashion as he is yet to discover the important role his choice of words will play. The value of these early works lies in this “impassioned” delivery. Most importantly they open up the "hidden how" that Krishnamurti so deliberately ensconced in the teachings later on.

Certain terms in the early works seem to be at first diametrically opposed to the fundamentals of the teachings as we know them today. Specifically, Krishnamurti spoke then of the importance of having "pure desire", absolute certainty, true memory - all the while emphasizing that one’s “efforts” have to be based on understanding rather than on conviction or agreement. All in all, the early writings provide a vital clue in solving one of the basic conundrums of the teachings - namely, how it is that, "out of total inaction, there is an action that is tremendously positive, but not in the sense of the positive and the negative."


Early Writings of Krishnamurti - 1927 1928 1929
Foreword & Contents
1927, collection of writings by J. Krishnamurti.
Into the Light
Establish Your Purpose
Eerde Gathering 1927 Questions and Answers
Why do You Serve?
1928, collection of writings by J. Krishnamurti.
Eerde Gathering 1928
Build on Understanding
The Purpose of the Order of the Star
Collective Meditation
The Value of Individuality
The Right Basis of Life
An Interview
A Conversation with Stokowski
Ommen Camp 1928
National Organisers Meeting
London Lecture
An Interview in London
The Teacher and the Order
The Flame
1929, collection of writings by J. Krishnamurti.
Why Bear this Turmoil?
Ojai Camp 1929
An Open Discussion
Law and Spirituality
Eerde Gathering 1929
Experience and Conduct
Eerde Gathering 1929
Ommen Camp 1929
Questions and Answers
Morning Talk
Campfire Talks
Questions and Answers
The Dissolution of the Order of the Star
An Interview on Current Problems
The Cause of Sorrow
The True Enemy of Freedom
Benares Camp 1929
Benares Star Camp 1929
Adyar Gathering 1929-30

Early Writings

Collection of J. Krishnamurti Early Writings, 1927, 1928 and 1929

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