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This is Krishnamurti's take on non-violence, and does it contradict Mahatma Gandhi?

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Comment by Dipak Dholakia on June 27, 2011 at 14:09

Krishnamurti is a great philosopher and his analysis is basically about the gap between 'what is' and 'what should be'. He says that this gap itself generates conflict within. And the conflict is a form of violence.  We must live withoutconflict, and, therefore,without 'what should be' which is another form of expectation.

Coming to  the issue of Gandhian nonviolence, we must admit that if we live in perpetual conflict we cannot be free from violence. But how to look at violence with innocence? Krishnamurti usually does not answer such questions, which also means he never offers a strategy or a way-out. he demands of you to act, as Buddha did. 

I remained under the spell of Krishnamurti for a long time but in this world only observation does not help. He wanted a competition-free world and his schools  developed children into non-competitive way. It would be interesting to find out how they fared in this world full of violence and competition. His vision does not rule out possibility of action. Only thing it gives some fundamental understanding. But he cannot replace Gandhi who was a man of action. Krishnamurti can only compliment Gandhi. His observation on non-violence is profound but the fact remains that despite the violent non-violence the  world will have achieved something tangible and not just philosophical. The world is not perfect asnd so are its philosophies and visions. Krisnamurti lived in this very world.

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