what is the nature/cause of your disillusionment with Jiddu Krishnamurti’s teachings?
Good question. I’m not sure I have words yet to describe my disillusionment with Krishnamurti. I tried a bit a few years ago here:
Theosophy and Krishnamurti and (more recently) In the sky there is no distinction of ‘East’ and ‘West’…
In summary: while I feel Krishnamurti’s teachings were exactly what the TS needed at that time, stand alone they offer people (especially kids) in our time enormous risks. From an otherwordly perspective, where making a living and being adapted to society are unessential issues that may seem fine. But I’m not personally convinced it’s a good idea to say (roughly) social issues don’t matter – find the truth for yourself. What happens if a person successfully gets away from the image of society, but doesn’t attain peace of mind or whatever else one is supposed to get from K’s teachings? I’ve seen stuff like that in some young people. They take K at his word, instead of looking beyond the words to the truth he tries to teach (which really isn’t so bad).
The fact is: for theosophists K’s teachings aren’t a risk at all. We come packed with safeguards and K’s teachings are designed to get rid of precisely the risks theosophy as a spiritual path has:
- Too much reliance on theory
- Not looking at your life but at an image of your life
- Arrogance from thinking you are serving imaginary masters (imaginary to you at least as you’ve never met them – if that’s sentence seems to imply I did meet them, that was not my intention 🙂 )
But for non-theosophists his lack of reliance on day to day words and his avoidance of words that don’t seem to work (like Love) brings the reader or listener potentially at a point where there is an emptiness they aren’t ready for. Without the usual religious safeguards like moral precepts etc.
The problem I have with Jiddu Krishnamurti is the same problem I have with a lot of post-modern anti-guru’s. They break down but they don’t build up. For my generation some building up is needed – we grew up in a world full of broken down religions and world views.
This however does not imply I think Krishnamurti‘s teachings are worthless. I obviously do think they have value. However they have their limitations and dangers. But then, what spiritual path doesn’t?
[In reply to some of the comments to this post, I have written ‘Caring for beginners, a mistake?‘]