– J. Krishnamurti
Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 1895 – February 17, 1986) was an Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. I came across him years ago when he and David Bohm (December 20, 1917 – October 27, 1992), a famous theoretical physicist, held a series of conversations where they talked about consciousness and humanity. Fascinating stuff. If you are interested, you can view a YouTube video of one of their conversations here.
Krishnamurti taught the importance of self knowledge. He was opposed to gurus, religious teaching or any sort of societal conditioning. He said: “Leaders destroy followers and followers destroy leaders. You have to be your own teacher and your own disciple.” Self-knowledge is an endless journey of discovery and totally unique to each being. I can’t teach you your path anymore than you can teach me mine.
He felt we must all follow our own path of experience and thought – find our own truth. A famous quote attributed to him is: “Truth is a pathless land and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect . . . . The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.”
When we identify ourselves with a group – religious, ethnic, gender, political – we are being violent because we are separating ourselves – holding ourselves apart. Ken Wilbur might say we are creating a boundary. And wherever we create a boundary there is a war. If we aspire to peace, we seek to understand and we don’t belong to any group, we belong to humankind.
We carry with us the conditioning of our past and the past of humanity. Also, our own personal memories. If we let go of all this past, we are young again – we have a beginner’s mind, fresh, open. Sometimes we have difficulty letting go of the past because we are afraid of the known coming to an end. We find our courage, leave home, embark on our hero’s/heroine’s journey and search for Truth.
Krishnamurti’s Truth – he realized he was god. How about you? I wonder what Truth you will find on your journey.