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Series: Renegade Thinkers
Brilliant Minds


Jiddu Krishnamurti Jan 23, 2022

Jiddu Krishnamurti
Intellectual powerhouse, spiritual leader, author, public speaker, philosopher
(May, 11 1895 - Feb 17, 1986)

"I am not your guru. Your guru resides within you."

My personal comments in RED.

Stumbling Upon Jiddu Krishnamurti
Jiddu Krishnamurti has been a recurring constant since my high school days. I stumble upon friends who talk about him, I stumble upon videos of him giving a lecture, and stumble upon other learned people praising him, and come upon features of him in social media. But I've never really rolled up my sleeves to dig deep into this remarkable man. Until now.

My very first encounter with his name was in high school when a classmate, Noel Alparaz, wanted to commit suicide after reading a book by Krishnamurti (Noel passed on just a few years back from 'depression' - nothing to do with Krishnamurti). I didn't ask why, but it left me petrified about reading his book. In those impressionable years, I thought that any book by Krishnamurti was dangerous.

Later on in life, in one of my 10-day Vipassana courses, the course manager, Jessie Severino, talked about Krishnamurti as the closest thing to enlightenment, if not yet. I believe the talk stemmed from Osho. Somehow, a talk about Krishnamurti or Osho invokes the presence of the other - as perhaps 2 spiritual leaders who cannot be more diametrically opposed.

During my attendance at the weekly Theosophical Society meetups, Krishnamurti is often mentioned by group moderator, Lovorn Ang as an intellectual powerhouse. It's interesting to note how these Theosophists would say that about Krishnamurti but roll their eyes with a suppressed chuckle on the mention of Osho (admittedly, I share the eye roll and the chuckle).

Jiddu Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti giving a public talk in a public square

Yogi Sunira
In yogic folklore, it is said that 40,000 years ago, a mahasiddha (great yogi with superhuman abilities) named Sunira, embarked on an ultra-ambitious project that would remain unfulfilled until his death - the creation of a human Shiva - a perfect teacher for the transformation of human consciousness. Sunira began to create the energy body for this teacher (but the physical human body was yet to be manifested). Great yogis after Sunira continued this ambitious project, all of them failing to complete it within their lifetimes.

Theosophical Society
It was during our time in 1909 (imagine, from 40,000 years ago !!! ), when the Theosophists embarked to take on this project upon 'discovering' J. Krishnamurti. JK would be the physical body for the energy body that has already been developed through the ages by a succession of great yogis. These theosophists undertook the task of educating, protecting and preparing JK for the ambitious role he would be playing. The founders, Madame Blavatsky, Charles Leadbeater, and Annie Besant, ensured the grooming of Krishnamurti as a polished and sophiticated world teacher. They devoted time and effort to cultivate JK as the perfect teacher for humanity - an incarnation of Maitreya, the prophesied 'next Buddha'.

These theosophists were brilliant intellectuals and were well-read into the occult and mysticism. They had the largest library of occult books during their time - which still exists today in Madras, India. However, while they were immensely knowledgeable with sharp intellects, they didn't have the experience or inner guidance to see the project through. They capitalized entirely on their immense knowledge base and intellectual prowess.

I am not the Guru
Finally, JK was introduced to the public at large by the Theosophical Society as the perfect teacher, the new World Teacher. This long-heralded arrival was met with a bombshell. JK unpretentiously announced that he was not the guru - that the guru resides within each and every one of us. He eventually broke ties with the theosophists and went through life writing books, giving talks and conducting lectures. His message focused consistently on forging a relationship between man and his environment, man and his spiritual evolution, and the harmonious singularity of all seemingly disparate parts (that there is no separation, no duality).

The Critics
Even JK's critics have very good things to say about him before they point out the 'issues', as follows:

  1. Sadhguru - Sadhguru clearly loved Krishnamurti and couldn't praise him enough. Still, Sadhguru stated that JK was a pure distillation of Gnana Marga - yoga of pure intellect. His teachings were powerful and profound but incomprehensible to 99% of the population. It didn't help that JK offered no practice, no process, nothing to hold on to, but the intellectual content of the teachings.

    I have listened to a few video talks by Krishnamurti. Yes, they are highly intellectual, impassioned, powerful and cut through the nonsense. But they were not that abstract. It was understandable and actionable. But yes, there was no codified practice on how to integrate that into day-to-day life. His teachings came across as an FYI (for your information) instead of a specific call-to-action.
  2. Kapil Gupta - a recent acquaintance, Kristijonas, introduced me to Kapil. I looked him up and read his article about Krishnamurti. He too has praises for JK when he said that Jiddu Krishnamurti was a genuine and serious seeker of truth. Yet he said that JK wasted his time upon the masses and denied the rare and sincere humans - that this displayed a particular lack of understanding which ultimately destroyed him and poisoned his pursuit.

    I find this criticism a little too harsh. Humanity's great spiritual leaders talked to everybody - the poor, the uneducated, the intellectuals, people in high office, people with wealth, etc. They always talked to people at the person's level of understanding. The teachings could be transmitted by way of metaphors or parables to be understood. JK did not seem to have this range. He was always one-dimensional as the no-nonsense teacher with a sharp intellectual insight and realization.

Famous Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes

  1. We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something, we are no longer free
  2. Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear. So violence isn't merely organized butchery in the name of God, in the name of society or country. Violence is much more subtle, much deeper
  3. The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence
  4. The beauty of listening lies in being highly sensitive to everything about you
  5. When you call yourself an Indian, or a Muslim, or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it's violent? Because you are separating yourself from mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind
  6. It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society

Ending Thoughts
Two things come to mind when I think about Krishnamurti:

  1. sharp intellect - when he talks, this frail short man can cut through a mountain of rocks through the sheer force of his intellect
  2. he walked away - Maitreya, the next Buddha, has long been prophesied. Usurpers and pretenders made daring claims to be them. Many would lie, kill or steal to covet that title. But to Krishnamurti, he was even coerced to accept that title, served to him on a silver platter. But he had enough sensibility to say 'no' and walked away.

I agree with Jessie that Krishnamurti is perhaps the closest thing to enlightenment, if he hasn't yet. This is a lucky generation for it has captured on video the talks and lectures given by this man. We never had this with Christ, Mohammed or Buddha. Generations from now, people will learn about Krishnamurti's teachings, not from translators or commentary writers, but from Krishnamurti himself. His videos are all over the internet and on his website, jkrishnamurti.org.

Every once in a hundred years, a man like Krishnamurti comes into existence. I feel privileged he existed in my lifetime.

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References:

  1. Jiddu Krishnamurti (official website)
  2. Wikipedia

Reader Comments:

Lovorn AngLovorn Philippines
Theosophical Society in the Philippines
(Jan 25, 2022) Outsiders can only speculate what's really going on w/ krishnaji, he refused to be trapped by the notion that he is enlightened, semi-enlightened, plain intellectual, etc. Though personally, his teachings are much more intended to those who no longer need structures & / or scaffoldings.

Different people may have different impact after reading krishnaji, intellectuals tend to be more arrogant and argumentative. Depressed individuals will be more depressed finding no meaning of existence. Others w/ weak intellectual fiber will just be suffocated & getting mental indigestion. Reading krishnaji, one must have at least, a developed discernment. It has a lot of paradoxes. And it will help as well to have an extensive reading of other esoteric readings, 'cause his teaching is not something new.

It has parallelism with the the Advaita Vedanta (the neti- neti principle), with Zen Buddhism, with Gurdjieff, etc.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite, Chiang Mai Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM – International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
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motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
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Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Jazz Coop - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays at 11pm by the Chiang Mai Blues band
  2. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
  3. My Secret Cafe - near Wat Phra Singh. Tuesdays at 7:30pm for the changing front-act and 9:00pm for the Panic Band
  4. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
Chiang Mai Trains by Train36.com
  1. Chiang Mai trains for Bangkok - 2 day trains, 3 night trains, daily schedule
  2. Train 14 to Bangkok - departs 5pm daily, arrives BKK 6:15am, 1st class and 2nd class sleeping accomodation, Special Express
  3. Chiang Mai trains to other destinations -
Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Loei to Chiang Mai by Bus
  1. From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
  2. As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
  3. The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
  4. Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
  5. Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
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  204. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
  205. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
  206. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  207. Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
  208. Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
  209. Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
  210. 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
  211. Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  212. Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  213. Vayu Mudra Oct 1, 2019
  214. Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  215. Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
  216. Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
  217. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  218. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  219. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  220. The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  221. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  222. Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  223. The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
  224. Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  225. The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  226. Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  227. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  228. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  229. Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  230. Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  231. Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
  232. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  233. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  234. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  235. Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  236. Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  237. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  238. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  239. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  240. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
  241. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  242. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  243. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  244. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
  245. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  246. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
  247. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  248. Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
  249. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  250. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  251. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  252. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  253. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  254. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  255. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  256. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  257. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  258. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  259. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  260. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  261. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  262. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  263. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  264. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  265. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  266. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  267. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  268. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  269. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  270. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  271. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  272. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  273. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  274. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  275. Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  276. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  277. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  278. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016

Travel Tips for Thailand

How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days

This process is BEFORE Covid 19. Not sure what it is now.

    60-Day Thai Tourist Visa

    NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.

  1. Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
    a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
    b) flight booking to Thailand
    c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
    d) filled-in tourist visa form
    e) 2 passport pictures
    f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
    g) passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
  3. NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.

    30-Day Extension

    NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.

  1. bring the following to the Immigration Office:
    a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
    b) Baht 1900
    c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
    d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
    e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
  2. submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
  3. when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
  4. when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
  5. when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
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General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!
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