An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Truth is a Pathless Land!

This is from a statement from J. Krishnamurthi made in 1929. The two thinkers who have helped me the most in my spiritual quest and “growth” are Swami Vivekananda and J. Krishnamurthi. They truly have said things fearlessly and with an objective understanding.

In most situations Learning and Spiritual Quests become structured – where the teacher or the Guru “RULES” and “DIRECTS” a pupil’s thought. There is nothing for a student to explore on his/her own. Codes of conduct, Morals, Laws are given to all.. failing to follow which is blasphemous and derogatory. But can anything be ever LEARNT by structured thought? IS Exploration predictable? Is learning anything more than exploration?

Understanding “God” is like understanding time – you cannot understand time in its own dimension! You cannot say that time started “then”. For, to say that, time would have to have preceded “itself”! You clearly need a different dimension. Therefore to understand the Universal Consciousness, one cannot playwith relative variables available within the dimensions of “God’s own creation”… for then “God” will be dictated by its rules – which necessarily make “God” have a “creator” – and anything that is created.. must be destroyed! So we CANNOT perceive or explain an INDESTRUCTIBLE “God” in the realm of our knowledge!

So, then how do the Morals and the codes that merely try to re-arrange these very relative variables in this creation – help one get closer to the Truth???

Absolute is.. where Relative is NOT!

You cannot re-arrange the Relative to arrive at the Absolute!

Krishnamurthi’s statement:

‘Truth is a pathless land’. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. Man has built in himself images as a fence of security – religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man’s thinking, his relationships and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind. The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. This content is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name, the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to all mankind. So he is not an individual.

Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. It is man’s pretence that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence and activity. Thought is time. Thought is born of experience and knowledge which are inseparable from time and the past. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and so we live in constant conflict and struggle. There is no psychological evolution.

When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight brings about a deep radical mutation in the mind.

Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things that thought has brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which is compassion and intelligence.”

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