681 Krishnamurti and beliefs of others

Following my  blog 678  last week about the Ten Commandments - which have been made rather more digestible by George Carlin, who whittles them down to two or three - I had another quote from  Krishnamurti  in my inbox.


K, as eloquent as ever (if you’re not used to his language, bear with him … try a few more quotes)  makes the point that we only too freely submit to other’s ideas and concepts of truth and belief ... a circumstance at the base of all religions.

The primary cause of disorder in ourselves

The world accepts and follows the traditional approach. The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another; we mechanically follow somebody who will assure us a comfortable spiritual life. It is a most extraordinary thing that although most of us are opposed to political tyranny and dictatorship, we inwardly accept the authority, the tyranny, of another to twist our minds and our way of life. So we completely reject, not intellectually but actually, all so-called spiritual authority, all ceremonies, rituals and dogmas, it means that we stand alone and are already in conflict with society; we cease to be respectable human beings. A respectable human being cannot possibly come near to that infinite, immeasurable, reality.

Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known

This subject matter is dealt with in a well known quote drawn from a  1929 speech, where K renounced the Order of the Star and indeed the Theosophical Society entirely.  (Here's a link  to an interesting opinion piece about that incident.) 

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do. Truth is narrowed down and made a plaything for those who are weak, for those who are only momentarily discontented. Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountain-top to the valley. If you would attain to the mountain-top you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices.”

My fascination with Krishnamurti is based entirely on the principles expressed in these two quotes; hence - as you would expect - I fully concur with the above, and I’ve said as much in my essay  BELIEF  from my book with no title, instead three definitions for the term  en.light.en.ment