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Jiddu Krishnamurti
1895 - 1986

Editor’s prefatory comments




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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.

In line with this, early in my investigations of his teachings, I would sometimes feel frustrated, "Why doesn't he just tell us exactly how to meditate the right way? or how to bring about the state of 'no you and no me'?" Later, I would understand. He couldn't delineate precisely because no one can tell us these things. "Truth is a pathless land," K would often assert. It could be a little different for each person.

But here's the general direction. As one endeavors to become very alert, monitoring one's own mind, the choiceless awareness, discerning the inner disorder, and this, without rendering judgment, one will yet be given flash insights into what works and what doesn't. Follow these breadcrumbs; follow them, inwardly, to center of being. Eventually, more and more, one is led into a sense of certainty. And this is how one "teaches oneself", as K would say.

Krishnamurti was famous in his lifetime. For 60 years he traveled the world, lecturing on the “inner life,” defining concepts such as meditation, dualism, observer and observed, inward freedom, pleasure-based morality, conditioned beliefs, awareness of inward disorder, identification with thought-forms, “no you and no me,” choiceless awareness, living without resistance, the mind colored by the past, and other principles. All these are very important.

However, I thought I should state that not everything K taught, according to what I see, is accurate. I comment on these points of departure as “Editor’s notes” in his transcribed lectures.

How can we know that K or any teacher speaks rightly and accurately? There’s only one way. As one sedulously, and honestly, investigates, then one will be offered one’s own insights.

But, how can one know who’s correct? – the teacher or the student? Let’s recall that there are no gurus in the sense of “infallible sages.” This means that, in a larger sense, there are no teachers – we’re all students. And this is why, in the Gospel Of Thomas, the Jesus in that writing asserts “I am not your teacher.”

This is so because each human being must be taught directly by God, the Universe, the Source, or whatever term you’d prefer. And years on the job is no guarantee of wisdom. An honest newcomer might see things that have bedeviled the elites for centuries.

This is also a true principle concerning afterlife messages. There are some immature and unscrupulous wanna-be teachers on the other side who love to assert, “We’re over here, so we really know.” But better heads in the next worlds say things like “Be led by no one who claims all wisdom. Even those who have been here for ages have seen but a tiny fraction of these realms and know even less of what might be known.” Also, the truly wise point out that some on the Earth, if they’re linked to Universal Intelligence, might perceive certain truths which have escaped the ancients over there. See "the 500 tape-recorded messages from the other side" writing for more discussion.

Krishnamurti was not a perfect man, and after his passing it came to light that, in some areas of his life, he'd spoken one thing but lived another. This contradiction caused, for him, as it would for anyone, a certain measure of darkness of spirit. K denied the reality of the afterlife; he, of all people, should have known better. But he adopted this belief as protection against future accountability. See the bottom of this page.

However, this doesn’t mean that, in many respects, he was not a good, and sometimes brilliant, “pointer of the way.” He had a knack for coming up with new phrases, new examples, to highlight ancient truths of the mind, the "inner cosmos".

All this acknowledged, newcomers to this field must learn, in an honest and humble manner, that there are no elites, no favorite kids, in the "family of God." A totally level field of enquiry and opportunity for each one "made in the image."

All "sons and daughters" must grow up, attain to godly maturity, to mine the "inner riches," which, as per Father Benson's comment, have "no discoverable upper limit." God needed to invent eternity just to unpack it all.

Mystical experiences, once we get the hang of it, are for everyone, not just the "saints." These are the peak experiences which, as Dr. Jung instructedallow one to "know" and to put away "belief."

We must learn to trust ourselves, to respect our own intuitions, our own "sparks" of insight -- and to elevate to high, unapproachable pedestal – no one.



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