Krishnamurti’s 1985 speech at the United Nations
I would love to share with you a talk by one of my favorite speakers on spiritual subjects: Jiddu Krishnamurti. For those who don’t know him, he was born in 1895 in India, and was a well known writer and speaker on subjects that included the purpose of meditation, human relationships, the nature of the mind, and how to enact positive change in global society. He died on February 17, 1986, at the age of 90, from pancreatic cancer.
In 1984, shortly before his death, he was awarded the United Nations (UN) Peace Medal, and at the age of 90, he was invited to give a speech at the 40th anniversary of the UN in 1985. In his speech, he spoke of how mankind, through its evolution some fifty thousands years ago till now, has not found peace on earth ‘pacem in terris’ and how it still lives in conflict. He stressed that if there is no radical change at the present time, the future will still be what it is now. He questioned whether human beings can live peacefully with each other, and that organizations did not solve this problem. According to him, “there can only be peace when mankind, when you and I, have no conflict in ourselves.”
You can find more information about Krishnamurti on Wikipedia. Watch the 30 minute video (with French subtitles) of Krishnamurti’s speech at the 40th anniversary of the UN in 1985:
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