Pathless land

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In spite of the frankness, the self-sacrificing temper and advanced mark of gnosis that displays the total of the oral and written work of this phenomenal instructor… -who even in spite of having chosen not to be one, lived mostly comfortably under such a profile, thanks to his followers – …the weak point of his version of reality was manifestly exposed by being extremely trusted in the candid praxis of… speaking in the first person.

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-[ “What is it in humanity that has always moved towards something called religion or ‘god’? “ ]-

And the answer is…: The hypnotic influx on mankind exercised by those who invented such concept in order to rule, govern and dominate the entire population on this Earth.

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Krishnamurti 1931 (Erschienen Tempo picture)

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Speech of the dissolution of the Order of the Star of the East issued by Jiddu Krishnamurti on August 3, 1929 in Ommen, Holland.

Below is the full text of the talk that Krishnamurti gave in Ommen (Holland) in 1929 when he dissolved the Order of the Star. The Order of the Star was the organisation built around Krishnamurti by Theosophical Society who selected him at the age of 13 to be the vehicle for the return of the Christ, or Maitreya.

He was raised accordingly, but after his enlightment, he refused the role that had been prepared for him, disbanded the organisation of which he was the head and continued to teach on his own.

His speech was made during the opening day of the annual Star Camp at Ommen, in Holland. Krishnamurti dissolved the Order in front of 3000 Star members and many thousands of Dutch people listening on the radio. The most of the ideology expressed in this speech might be considered valid to be had in mind under the prism of spiritual history along the seventy past years.

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– [ Text entirely imported from the official website that disseminates Krishnamurti’s thought ]-

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[ We are going to discuss this morning the dissolution of the Order of the Star. Many will be delighted and others will be rather sad. It is a question neither for rejoicing nor for sadness because it is inevitable as I am going to explain.

You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil…

“-What did that man pick up?”

“-He picked up a piece of Truth”…

…said the devil.

“-That is a very bad business for you, then”…

…said his friend.

“-Oh, not at all”…

…the devil replied…

“-I am going to let him organize it.”

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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 organised; nor should any organisation be formed to lead or coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organise a belief.

A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organise it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallised; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do.

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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.

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 organisations searching for truth. I do not want to belong to any organisation of a spiritual kind; please understand this.

I would make use of an organization which would take me to London, for example; this is quite a different kind of organization, merely mechanical, like the post or the telegraph. I would use a motor car or a steamship to travel, these are only physical mechanisms which have nothing whatever to do with spirituality. Again, I maintain that no organization can lead man to spirituality.

If an organisation 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.

No one has persuaded me to this decision. 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.

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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 am going to do it with unwavering concentration. I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.

Then you will naturally ask me why I go the world over, continually speaking. I will tell you for what reason I do this; not because I desire a following, not because I desire a special group of special disciples. (How men love to be different from their fellow-men, however ridiculous, absurd and trivial their distinctions, may be! I do not want to encourage that absurdity). I have no disciples, no apostles, either on earth or in the realm of spirituality.

Nor is it the lure of money, nor the desire to live a comfortable life, which attracts me. If I wanted to lead a comfortable life I would not come to a Camp or live in a damp country!

I am speaking frankly because I want this settled once and for all. I do not want these childish discussion year after year.

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A newspaper reporter, who interviewed me, considered it a magnificent act to dissolve an organisation 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?

If I speak strongly, please do not misunderstand me, it is not through lack of compassion. If you go to a surgeon for an operation, is it not kindness on his part to operate even if he cause you pain? So, in like manner, if I speak straightly, it is not through lack of real affection–on the contrary.

As I have said, I have only one purpose: to make man free, to urge him towards freedom, to help him to break away from all limitations, for that alone will give him eternal happiness, will give him the unconditioned realization of the self.

Because I am free, unconditioned, whole, not the part, not the relative, but the whole truth that is eternal, I desire those, who seek to understand me, to be free, not to follow me, not to make out of me a cage which will become a religion, a sect. Rather should they be free from all fears, from the fear of religion; from the fear of salvation, from the fear of spirituality; from the fear of love; from the fear of death; from the fear of life itself.

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As an artist paints a picture because he takes delight in that painting, because it is his self-expression, his glory, his well-being, so I do this and not because I want any thing from anyone.

You are accustomed to authority, or to the atmosphere of authority which you think will lead you to spirituality. You think and hope that another can, by his extraordinary powers – a miracle – transport you to this realm of eternal freedom which is Happiness. Your whole outlook on life is based on that authority.

You have listened to me for three years now, without any change taking place except in the few. Now analyse what I am saying; be critical, so that you may understand thoroughly, fundamentally. When you look for an authority to lead you to spirituality, you are bound automatically to build an organization around that authority. By the very creation of that organization, which, you think, will help this authority to lead you to spirituality, you are held in a cage. 

If I talk frankly, please remember that I do so, not out of harshness, not out of cruelty, not out of the enthusiasm of my purpose, but because I want you to understand what I am saying. That is the reason why you are here, and it would be a waste of time if I did not explain clearly, decisively, my point of view.

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For eighteen years you have been preparing for this event, for the “coming of the World teacher”. For eighteen years you have organised, 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 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? In what way have the members of this organisation of the Star become different? 

As I said, you have been preparing for eighteen years for me. I do not care if you believe that I am the World–Teacher or not. That is of very little importance. Since you belong to the organization of the Order of the Star, you have given your sympathy, your energy, acknowledging that Krishnamurti is the World–Teacher– partially or wholly: wholly for those who are really seeking, only partially for those who are satisfied with their own half-truths. 

You have been preparing for eighteen years, and look how many difficulties there are in the way of your understanding, how many complications, how many trivial things. Your prejudices, your fears, your authorities, your churches new and old–all these, I maintain, are a barrier to understanding. I cannot make myself clearer than this.

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I do not want you to agree with me, I do not want you to follow me, I want you to understand what I am saying. “This understanding is necessary because your belief has not transformed you but only complicated you, and because you are not willing to face things as they are.

You want to have your own gods–new gods instead of the old, new religions instead of the old, new forms instead of the old–all equally valueless, all barriers, all limitations, all crutches. Instead of old spiritual distinctions you have new spiritual distinctions, instead of old worships you have new worships.

You are all 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 the 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 organisation? 

Why have false, hypocritical people following me, the embodiment of Truth? Please remember that I am not saying something harsh or unkind, but we have reached a situation when you must face things as they are.

I said last year that I would not compromise. Very few listened to me then. This year I have made it absolutely clear. I do not know how many thousands throughout the world–members of the Order–have been preparing for me for eighteen years, and yet now they are not willing to listen unconditionally, wholly, to what I say.

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As I said before, my purpose is to make men unconditionally free, for I maintain that the only spirituality is the incorruptibility of the self which is eternal, is the harmony between reason and love. This is the absolute, unconditioned Truth which is Life itself. I want therefore to set man free, rejoicing as the bird in the clear sky, unburdened, independent, ecstatic in that freedom . And I, for whom you have been preparing for eighteen years, now say that you must be free of all these things, free from your complications, your entanglements. For this you need not have an organization based on spiritual belief.

Why have an organization for five or ten people in the world who understand, who are struggling, who have put aside all trivial things? And for the weak people, there can be no organization to help them to find the Truth, because Truth is in everyone; it is not far, it is not near; it is eternally there. 

Organizations cannot make you free. No man from outside can make you free; nor can organised worship, nor the immolation of yourselves for a cause, make you free; nor can forming yourselves into an organisation, nor throwing yourselves into work, make you free.

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You use a typewriter to write letters, but you do not put it on an alter and worship it. But that is what you are doing when organisations become your chief concern.

“How many members are there in it?”

That is the first question I am asked by all newspaper reporters.

“How many followers have you? By their number we shall judge whether what you say is true or false.”

I do not know how many there are. I am not concerned with that. If there were even one man who had been set free, that were enough.

Again, you have the idea that only certain people hold the key to the “kingdom of happiness”. No one holds it. No one has the authority to hold that key. That key is your own self and in the development and the purification and in the incorruptibility of that self alone is the kingdom of eternity. 

So you will see how absurd is the whole structure that you have built, looking for external help, depending on others for your comfort, for your happiness, for your strength. These can only be found within yourselves.

You are accustomed to being told how far you have advanced, what is your spiritual status. How childish! Who but yourself can tell you if you are beautiful or ugly within? Who but yourself can tell you if you are incorruptible? You are not serious in these things.

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But those who really desire to understand, who are looking to find that which is eternal, without a beginning and without an end, will walk together with greater intensity, will be a danger to everything that is unessential, to unrealities, to shadows. And they will concentrate, they will become the flame, because they understand. Such a body we must create, and that is my purpose.

Because of that true friendship… -which you do not seem to know- …there will be real co-operation on the part of each one. And this 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, than all sacrifice.

So those are some of the reasons why, after careful consideration for two years, I have made this decision.

It is not from a momentary impulse. I have not been persuaded to it by anyone… -I am not persuaded in such things-. For two years I have been thinking about this, slowly, carefully, patiently, and I have now decided to disband the Order, as I happen to be its head.

You can form other organisations and expect someone else. With that I am not concerned, nor with creating new cages, new decorations for those cages.

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My only concern is to set men absolutely, unconditionally free. ]

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-( Copyright ©1980 Krishnamurti Foundation of America )-

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About Web site ‘Krishnamurti on line’

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J.Krishnamurti Online is a unique initiative of the four Krishnamurti Foundations (KFT, KFA, KFI and FKL) to make the teachings of J. Krishnamurti available and freely downloadable and to guarantee authenticity.

Site Content 

The site guarantees the authenticity of a large text collection of all of Krishnamurti’s published works from 1933 to 1986, the equivalent of 200 average-sized books, all site content being searchable and freely downloadable in text format.

After Krishnamurti left the Theosophical Society he began to travel extensively giving public talks and holding discussions in several places, from important cities like London, Paris and New York to small rural towns in India. These were published every year as ‘Verbatim Reports’, starting from July 1933 and going on till 1967. Later, in 1992, the Krishnamurti Foundation of America put them all together in 17 volumes and republished them under the title The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti. Those are also included in this site.

A selection of video and audio is also available in streaming format, and future plans include adding previously unpublished work to the online text collection, and expanding the video and audio capacity.

Site updates 

This new website is offered to the public in Beta form as an ongoing project, since there is a vast amount of further work that can be done to expand its features and content. Almost 50% of Krishnamurti’s lifetime work remains unpublished, and will eventually be added to the site’s resources.

The site will be updated periodically, new content will be added every two weeks and users can subscribe to the newsletter to be kept informed of future developments and news.

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A project of this scope requires considerable funds to reach its potential, especially if we consider that the foundation may lose income by providing all the multimedia for free. The future of this site will therefore depend on the generosity of the users.

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-[ Article designed on December, 11, 2017; published on March, 5, 2022  ]-

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