"Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized, nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path". ~ Krishnamurti
Out of many books on my bedside table, there is always one of Krishnamurti's. The quote is from a speech he gave on the annual meeting of the Order of the Star he belonged to since he was a boy and was chosen to be the Head of. In the speech he dissolved the order in front of its three thousand (probably shocked) members and finished the speech by saying "My only concern is to set men absolutely, unconditionally free."
To me, Krishnamurti is one of the most fascinating people of his time, of our time. His thoughts and words deeply resonated with me, ever since I picked up an old edition of ‘The book of life’ in a used bookstore in San Francisco. When I Ieft the States I had to leave many books behind, but this one is still with me.
A few years ago now, when I applied for mindfulness and body oriented psychotherapy programme I currently attend, I received a required reading list. Two books on the list I already had; Bodymind by Ken Dychtwald and Can humanity change? By Krishnamurti. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Krishnamurti on the list, I felt like this was a sign from the Universe that I made the right choice. I later found out that my teacher, Siegmar Gerken, actually met him and hanged out with him. To be the fly on the wall during those meetings…
Truth indeed is a pathless land and just like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder. It is up to each of us to find our own way to our Truth. Ultimately, we might all meet in the same place, but our paths will be different.
As a yoga student, teacher and teacher trainer, in my practice and teaching I don’t follow only one tradition, and because of this I was (and probably still am) accused by my peers here in my neck of the woods that I am not honouring the Parampara, or the succession from guru to disciple. The truth is, I actually am, the only difference is that I had and still have many gurus of many different lineages. I follow that which at some point resonated with my heart, and I believe our hearts are our greatest Gurus, and the Truth is already resides within.
My practice and teaching is a fabric woven out of threads of inspiration from teachers and people I met on my life’s journey, of wise teachings which spoke to me, books I've read, techniques which vibrated with me, experiences I’ve had, faraway lands I’ve seen, of all the love bestowed upon me and all the love I gave.
It would be easier if there was a formula which, if followed, guaranteed seeing the Truth, awakening and ultimately enlightenment. But, there is no such thing. I actually believe that believing there is will lead you further away from the Truth. People follow organised religions, movements, methods etc., they bow to gods as givers of life, yet destroy that which really gives us life and nurtures us; water, air, earth. We bow to Jesus, Buddha, Krishna yet don’t respect the life on the earth; each other, all living beings. It’s odd this human condition and this is why I say that following only makes us more blind to the Truth. It creates excuses, because when you follow you are not the one responsible for your actions.
If you want to be free, you have to find your own path. Use the wisdom of teachers and sages, but take responsibility for your life, your actions, your thoughts, your own path to freedom.
I will finish this little thread of thoughts with another from Krishnamurti:
“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.”