Jiddu Krishnamurti – Is it Possible to Live with Total Lucidity (Claremont) (1968)
In his introductory statement, Dr. Huston Smith describes Krishnamurti as a sage of our century. Krishnamurti and Dr. Smith inquire into the question of lucidity and ask whether it is possible to live in this world with total lucidity. As Krishnamurti often does, he begins with an examination of the question and sets out to define the word lucidity. Krishnamurti asks, “Is it possible for a human being living in this world to find within himself a clarity that is constant, that is true, in the sense, not contradictory, is it possible for a human being to find it?” Krishnamurti goes on to explain that he feels it is possible.
About the Actor
Jiddu Krishnamurti was born May 12, 1895, in Madanapalle, south India. From 1929 until his death in 1986 he traveled all over the world speaking spontaneously to large audiences. He engaged in dialogues with religious leaders, scientists, professors, authors, psychologists, computer experts, and people from many different backgrounds deeply questioning their daily life. His talks and dialogues have been compiled and published in more than fifty books and translated into as many different languages. His books include Think on These Things, Education and the Significance of Life, The Awakening of Intelligence, and The First and Last Freedom.
Krishnamurti claimed allegiance to no caste, nationality or religion and was bound by no tradition. He said man has to free himself of all fear, conditioning, authority and dogma through self-knowledge and this will bring about order and psychological mutation. The conflict-ridden violent world, he suggested, cannot be transformed into a life of goodness, love and compassion by any political, social or economic strategies, but only through this mutation in individuals brought about through their own observation, without the mediation of any guru or organized religion.
Dr. Huston Smith is a former Professor of Religion and Psychology at MIT. He is the author of the great classic, Religions of Man, which has sold over two million copies, as well as six other books on psychology, religion, and philosophy.