The First and Last Freedom

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The First and Last Freedom
First edition
Author Jiddu Krishnamurti
Country United States (Published simultaneously in the United Kingdom)[1]
Language English
Subject Philosophy
Publisher Harper & Brothers
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 288 pp (first edition)
OCLC 964457

The First and Last Freedom is a book by Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986), originally published 1954.

About the work[edit]

This was the second of Krishnamurti's books to be published by mainstream commercial publishers. The foreword[2] was written by Aldous Huxley, who was a longtime friend of Krishnamurti.[3]


The first part of the book has 21 chapters:

  1. Introduction
  2. What are we seeking?
  3. Individual and Society
  4. Self-Knowledge
  5. Action and Idea
  6. Belief
  7. Effort
  8. Contradiction
  9. What is the Self?
  10. Fear
  11. Simplicity
  12. Awareness
  13. Desire
  14. Relationship and Isolation
  15. The Thinker and the Thought
  16. Can Thinking solve our problems?
  17. The Function of the Mind
  18. Self-Deception
  19. Self-centered Activity
  20. Time and Transformation
  21. Power and Realization

The second part of the book has questions and answers from his talks.

Select editions[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1st UK edition.
  2. ^ Huxley, Aldous (1975) [originally published 1954]. "Foreword". In (author) Jiddu, Krishnamurti. The First and Last Freedom. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco. pp. 9–18. ISBN 978-0-06-064831-2. J.Krishnamurti Online no. 306. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  3. ^ Lutyens, Mary (2003) [Originally published 1990. London: John Murray]. The Life and Death of Krishnamurti. Bramdean: Krishnamurti Foundation Trust. p. 92. ISBN 0-900506-22-9.