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Re:Krishnamurti and nihilism

Apr 08, 1998 02:24 PM
by Marshall Hemingway III

In a message dated 98-04-08 15:23:27 EDT, Thoa wrote:

<< we quiet the abstractions of our
 mind and thus are more focused on the present moment >>

K emphasized living in the eternal present, exhorting his followers to jetison
the past (memory) and not to become preoccupied with the future. This is fine
if one is living in a monastery where all one's needs are presumably taken
care of. Under special conditions, such advice may indeed lead one to the
"other shore" as the Buddhists would say. However, we all live in the real
world. When crossing the the street I have to remember that red means stop and
green means go. I have to remember to pay bills and taxes, shop for groceries,
keep petrol in my car, etc., etc.

K was waited on and and foot by devotees so he had the luxery of living in the
eternal NOW. We who live in a pragmatic world, have to remember the past in
order to deal with the present and plan for the future. Does this make sense?


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