Weekend Wisdom: Does Pleasure Bring Happiness? shared by Krishnamurti’s Teachings

I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.

-Emily Bronte-

How fortunate are we to live in a world of endless pleasures? Can tasting those pleasures from dusk to dawn bring us eventual happiness? What is pleasure and what is it that keeps it going? This Weekend’s Wisdom shared by Krishnamurti’s Teaching is a beautiful dialogue exploring the very nature of pleasure.

Krishnamurtiand Allan W. Anderson delve into this topic beginning with the example of a single tree standing on the hill. “You see that it is really beautiful”, says Krishnamurti, “the flowers, the deer, the meadows. Does thought then come along and say how extraordinary it was? Isn’t there then desire for repetition?”. “So thought gives nourishment, sustains and gives a direction to pleasure”, concludes Anderson. Why should thought come into it at all? Keep watching this dialogue to delve deeper into the realm of two great minds.

Krishnamurti was a philosopher, speaker and writer. In youth he was groomed to be the new World Teacher of the Order of the Star but later rejected this title and withdrew from the organization. His subject matter included the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, and human relationships. To watch Krishnamurti assign words to the machinations of the mind is wonderfully fulfilling.

Allan W. Anderson was a poet, author, Professor Emeritus, and scholar of the Oracular Tradition. In 1978, he was asked to partner with Krishnamurti in a series of 18 dialogues that brought forward the essence of Krishnamurti’s teachings. Two books resulted, A Wholly Different Way of Living and the more recent On Krishnamurti’s Teaching. Dr. Anderson remains on of the most insightful interviewers I have ever watched. His energy and spirit of engagement are inspiring.

Many thanks to these two great minds and the gifts they left behind.

Enjoy your weekend and Stay Wise!


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