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?

Krishnamurti was a philosopher, speaker and writer. His subject matter included the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, and human relationships.  Check out some of his beautiful and insightful written works below:

Freedom from the Known

Think on These Things

J. Krishnamurti and Allan 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?

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.


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