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1895 - 1986
People turn on the radio, or a movie, or some distraction, as antidote to the inner malaise, the inner fear. People embrace belief systems, too, as an expression of fear. Further, the John-and-Mary relationship is built upon the same dynamic. They enter relationship for the same reason that others turn on the radio.
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Editor’s prefatory comments:
Jiddu Krishnamurti has been an important teacher in my life. I began learning about the “true” and “false” selves about 15 years ago, and his insights served to inaugurate this vital area of enquiry.
He was the one to make clear that “guru” signifies merely “one who points,” not “infallible sage.” Pointing the way is what even the best teachers provide, but no more. One must walk the path of enlightenment alone, no one can do this for us.
Public Talk 1, Amsterdam - 11 May 1968
Editor's last word:
For some time I’ve understood, as K points out, that people turn on the radio, or music, or some distraction as antidote to the inner malaise, the inner fear. And while I also knew that to embrace a belief system is an expression of fear, I hadn’t seen it on par with turning on the radio. But K is quite correct in this assessment. Further, think about the typical unenlightened John-and-Mary relationship. They enter into this, not for love – despite what they say – but to assuage the inner pain of living in a hostile world. They enter into relationship for the same reason that others turn on the radio.