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Year : 1995  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 155-160

J. Krishnamurtis Teachings - Relevance to Mental Health

Professor of Psychiatry, Madurai Medical College, Madurai 625020, India

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A Venkoba Rao
Professor of Psychiatry, Madurai Medical College, Madurai 625020
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The technique of J.Krishnamurti's communication marked by a dyadic style, 'pariprasna', a sense of togetherness, absence of persuasion and authoritativeness could be incorporated into psychotherapeutic sessions. Self-reliance and a genuine feeling of psychological oneness with others and to see things 'as they are' are discussed. The need for desirelessness to avoid conflicts and psychologically dying moment to moment to overcome fears e.g. of death and resolving chronic resentment is explained. A new way of ending sorrow has been pointed out. Krishnamurti's ideas on meditation have been dealt with briefly. Many of these concepts could be assimilated into psychiatric practice and towards promotion of mental health. Krishnamurti's call for a 'total transformation' of instant nature within the individual's psyche to effect a societal change is highlighted. Finally, a brief evaluation of Krishnamurti's contribution has been offered.



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