I wonder if you have ever asked yourself why you have to go to school year after year. Your parents pack you off to the kindergarten when you are only three, and then for the next fourteen years it is the same routine. You may change your school in between, but everywhere it is the same story. You learn to read and write , and if you r lucky to get good teacher you begin to enjoy learning new things. History, geography, mathematics, science, literature and so on open your minds to the extraordinary achievements of mankind.
What else do you learn at school? Perhaps you also discover your interest and talent for music or dance, for drama or games and so on. Also, you learn about discipline, respect and behavior.
But isn’t there another whole areas of life that you would like to be aware of, be introduced to –the world of thoughts and feelings inside you? Must you not learn how you are hurt sometimes, what are the things that make you angry and how to deal with or what your fears are and how they affect your relationship with teachers or parents or friends? Don’t you want to know how you respond to the beauty of life in trees and plants and animals around you or how you feel when you see human being suffer? Would you not to like find out what you love to do most so that what you do later as you grow up gives you a lot of joy?
There was a religious teacher in recent times whose name was J.Krishnamurti (1895-1986). He cared deeply for children. He often said you can learn much more from looking at life around you than from books. He wanted you to question everything, find out and learn for yourself directly and not depend on other. That way you can learn about your feelings, you fears and anxieties, your hopes and joys, and about all that goes on inside you.
These books in the series Krishnamurti for the Young’ contain some very simple talks he had with children like you at school and the question they asked. If you read these pages when you r quite and by yourself, perhaps, you can think over the ideas expressed in them and find out if they are true for you. You can also make your own notes or discuss with your parents, teachers or friends. We hope you find them fascinating.
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