As the sub-title of the book indicates Total Freedom : The Essential Krishnamurti is both an introduction to Krishnamurti and an essential, extensive collection. It includes selections that range from his early works to the talks he gave at Washington D.C in 1985, besides excerpts from his well-known books; these consists of talks, writings and dialogues.
Of special interest to readers would be the full text of the statement Krishnamurti made in 1929 – "Truth is a pathless land." All these provide valuable insights into the human condition, the nature of the self and of awareness, and the mystery of life and death.
Philosophic fads came and went; Krishnamurti endured, says Professor Ralph Buultjens in his Foreword to the book. He attributes the 'timelessness' of Krishnamurti to the fact that his 'discourse resonate across boundaries of time and place.' In his Introduction, Dr Allan W Anderson explains why he has deliberately avoided taking an academic approach to Krishnamurti’s teaching: 'To have done so would have falsified his spirit and quite missed the mark of his message.'