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What are you doing with your life?
Krishnamurti, J. (Jiddu), 1895-1986.
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Ojai, Calif. : Krishnamurti Publications of America, [2001]

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xvi, 272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?J. KRISHNAMURTII TEACHINGS FOR TEENS, edited by Dale Carlson. Teens learn to understand the self, the purpose of life, work, education, relationships. Through paying attention rather than accepting the authority of their conditioning, they can find out for themselves about love, sex, marriage, work, education, the meaning of life and how to change themselves and the world. The Dalai Lama calls Krishnamurti "One of the greatest thinkers of the age."

Author Notes

Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on May 11, 1895 in Madanapalle, India. As children, he and his brother were adopted by Dr. Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. She and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be a world teacher whose coming the Theosophists had predicted. To prepare the world for this coming, a world-wide organization called the Order of the Star in the East was formed and Krishnamurti was made its head. In 1929, he renounced the role that he was expected to play, dissolved the Order, and returned all the money and property that had been donated for this work.

From then until his death, he traveled the world speaking to large audiences and to individuals about the need for a radical change in mankind. He belonged to no religious organization, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. On the contrary, he maintained that these are the factors that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war, and that we are all human beings first.

He was a philosopher whose teachings of more than 20,000,000 words are published in more than 75 books, 700 audiocassettes, and 1200 videocassettes. He died of pancreatic cancer on February 17, 1986 at the age of 90.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Section 1 Your Self and Your Life
1. What Are You?p. 3
2. What Do You Want?p. 14
3. Thought, the Thinker, and the Prison of the Selfp. 24
4. Insight, Intelligence, and Revolution in Your Lifep. 34
5. Escape; Entertainment; Pleasurep. 44
6. Why Should We Change?p. 54
7. What Is the Purpose of Life?p. 58
Section 2 Self-Knowledge: the Key to Freedom
1. Fearp. 67
2. Anger and Violencep. 74
3. Boredom and Interestp. 87
4. Self-Pity; Sorrow; Sufferingp. 93
5. Jealousy; Possessiveness; Envyp. 101
6. Desire and Longingp. 111
7. Self-Esteem: Success and Failurep. 120
8. Loneliness; Depression; Confusionp. 129
9. Self-Ending--Not Self-Improvement--Ends Sufferingp. 143
Section 3 Education, Work, and Money
1. What Is Education?p. 153
2. Comparison and Competition, or Cooperation?p. 161
3. Work: How Do You Decide?p. 168
4. What Is the Basis for Right Action?p. 179
Section 4 Relationships
1. What Is Relationship?p. 189
2. Love; Desire; Sex; Dependencyp. 198
3. Family and Society: Relationship or Exclusion?p. 203
4. Nature and Earthp. 208
5. Marriage: Love and Sexp. 212
6. Passionp. 228
7. Truth; God; Deathp. 232
8. Meditation Is Attentionp. 242
Sources and Acknowledgmentsp. 252
Resources: Schools and Foundationsp. 254
Indexp. 258
Recommended Readingp. 267