About the book:
This book contains a series of intimate talks by J. Krishnamurti to his close friends, which took place in the summer of 1924 in Trento, Italy. In it he describes the qualities an individual needs to acquire if he or she intends on becoming a disciple, and embark on the quest towards self-realization. Presumably, the attendees of the talk were members of The Theosophical Society, which Krishnamurti was involved with at the time, and there are numerous references to C. W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant, who discovered him.
“We have minds that are perverted and impure. It is that which keeps us back. Take the mathematicians. They have to keep their minds absolutely clear and not let them get muddled. We have to have minds so pure and so one-pointed that all day long we are alert, on the qui vive, like race-horses that are all the time being exercised.”
“The true greatness of people lies in sympathy, in their attitude. Their mind is elastic, able to see other men’s point of views, they are willing to listen to everybody. And it also lies in their devotion to what they believe.”
About Krishnamurti (from Wikipedia):
Jiddu Krishnamurti (11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life, he was groomed to be the new World Teacher, but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it. His interests included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasised that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.