Book Review: ‘Can The Mind Be Quiet’ by Jiddu Krishnamurti

A revisit to understand the tricky organ of humans – The Mind

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Book Title: Can The Mind Be Quiet?: Living, Learning, and Meditation
Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Publisher: Aleph Book Company
Number of Pages: 259
ISBN: 978-1786782755
Date Published: Apr. 05, 2023
Price: INR 305

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Book Review

The book “Can The Mind Be Quiet?: Living, Learning, and Meditation” was authored by Jiddu Krishnamurti, a renowned spiritual teacher and scholar. It explores the essence of life, self-inquiry, and happiness through the perspectives of spiritual seekers worldwide. The book comprises 60 sections, each with a unique name such as “Solitude Means Freedom,” “All Seeking is from Emptiness and Fear,” and “Life is an Extraordinarily Beautiful Movement.”

Krishnamurti did not advocate for any particular philosophy or religion but rather addressed common issues in daily life, such as the challenges of living in a violent and chaotic modern society. He believed that the mind is like a child engrossed in play, wholly absorbed by the object of interest. However, when the object is destroyed or taken away, the child cries. To attain a quiet mind, Krishnamurti emphasized the importance of self-awareness, self-inquiry, and meditation.

Readers have praised the book for its clear structure and ease of reading. It serves as a valuable resource for anyone interested in exploring the nature of the mind and achieving inner peace through meditation and self-inquiry.

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The novel focuses on themes such as being consumed by one’s work, the nature of love and anonymity, and the structure of the mind. It is written in an enigmatic and poetic style, with each section providing ample food for thought, perhaps as a daily practice. Readers are captivated by the author’s insightful writing and find the book to be a valuable tool for living a more fulfilling life.

Overall, “Can The Mind Be Quiet?: Living, Learning, and Meditation” is an inspiring read that addresses essential topics related to the human experience and the nature of the mind.

The book review was first published in Storizen Magazine April 2023 Issue.