Truth is a Pathless Land


A blazing intensity arose from his heart. If there was life anywhere, it was here. If there was any spirituality anywhere, it was in this moment. It was an amazing document of the mystical life that cut apart the real from the nonsensical and showed us all where we stood. 

“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… If you first understand that, then you will see how it is impossible 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.

That 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… So that is the first reason, from my point of view, why the Order of the Star should be dissolved. In spite of this, you will probably form other Orders, you will continue to belong to other organizations searching for Truth. I do not want to belong to any organization of a spiritual kind…

If an organization be created for this purpose, it becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage, and must cripple the individual, and prevent him from growing, from establishing his uniqueness, which lies in the discovery for himself of that absolute, unconditioned Truth. So that is another reason why I have decided, as I happen to be the Head of the Order, to dissolve it…

This is no magnificent deed, because I do not want followers and I mean this. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth. I am not concerned whether you pay attention to what I say or not. I want to do a certain thing in the world and I’m going to do it with unwavering concentration. I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free… I am speaking frankly because I want this settled once and for all. I do not want these childish discussions year after year.

A newspaper reporter who interviewed me considered it a magnificent act to dissolve an organization in which there were thousands and thousands of members. To him it was a great act because he said: ‘What will you do afterwards, how will you live? You will have no following, people will no longer listen to you.’ If there are only five people who will listen, who will live, who have their faces turned towards eternity, it will be sufficient. Of what use is it to have thousands who do not understand, who are fully embalmed in prejudice, who do not want the new, but would rather translate the new to suit their own sterile, stagnant selves!…

For eighteen years you have organized, you have looked for someone who would give a new delight to your hearts and minds, who would transform your whole life, who would give you a new understanding; for someone who would raise you to a new plane of life, who would give you a new encouragement, who would set you free – and now look what is happening! Consider, reason with yourselves, and discover in what way that belief has made you different – not with the superficial difference of the wearing of a badge, which is trivial, absurd. In what manner has such a belief swept away all unessential things of life? That is the only way to judge: in what way are you freer, greater, more dangerous to every society which is based on the false and the unessential?

You are depending for your spirituality on someone else, for your happiness on someone else, for your enlightenment on someone else… when I say look within yourselves for enlightenment, for the glory, for the purification, and for the incorruptibility of the self, not one of you is willing to do it. There may be a few, but very, very few. So why have an organization?

You use a typewriter to write letters, but you do not put it on an altar and worship it. But that is what you are doing when organizations become your chief concern. ‘How many members are there in it?’ That is the first question i am asked by all newspaper reporters. I do not know how many there are. I am not concerned with that… You have been accustomed to being told how far you have advanced, what is your spiritual status. How childish! Who but you yourself can tell if you are incorruptible?

…But those who really desire to understand, who are looking to find that which is eternal, without a beginning and without an end, will talk together with greater intensity, will be a danger to everything that is unessential, to unrealities, to shadows… Such a body we must create, and that is my purpose. Because of that true friendshipwhich you do not seem to know – there will be real co-operation on the part of each one. And this is not because of authority, not because of salvation, but because you really understand, and hence are capable of living in the eternal. This is a greater thing than all pleasure, all sacrifice.

So those are some of the reasons why, after careful consideration for two years, I have made this decision… For two years I have been thinking about this, slowly, carefully, patiently, and I have now decided to disband this Order. You can form other organizations and expect someone else. With that I am not concerned, nor with creating new cages, new decorations for those cages. My only concern is to set man absolutely, unconditionally free.”

– J. Krishnamurti in 1929, at age 33, addressing the organization created to receive his teachings and to follow him.

He thought that all that K said about organizations could also be said about techniques and concepts. The words were on fire. It was undeniable blaze that challenged one to live them out in one’s own life.

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~ by tdcatss on June 9, 2015.

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