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LET UNDERSTANDING BE THE LAW

11. Krishnamurti says that we should not follow or obey any authority whatsoever. How far should this principle be applied to members of the Theosophical Society, who are very much governed by authority? Or even to the authority of Krishnamurti himself?

KRISHNAMURTI: I wish you would not say "Krishnamurti says". If you quote me with the rest of your authorities, you will lose the precious waters that I bring. "Krishnamurti says that we should not follow or obey any authority whatsoever. How far should this principle be applied to members of the Theosophical Society who are very much governed by authority, or even to the authority of Krishnamurti himself?"

Shall I tell you? Do not obey. Why should you obey? Why should you subjugate yourself to others? Because you want to accept, you create authority and that is the root of poison, that is the seed which you must destroy. You desire to seek comfort in obedience. Do not think that I am antagonistic to the Theosophical Society. I am not. It wastes energy to be antagonistic to anything. If you go about saying that I told you to disobey, you will be creating another authority which you will worship. And if you obey because I say it, you will also be creating another authority which you will worship. I do not know that in the Theosophical Society you are urged to obey. I do not know; it may be, but I am not concerned with the matter. If it is not in the Theosophical Society that you obey it will be in some other organization. The desire to obey is born in each one of you and that is why you create these organizations. I am concerned with the purification of your desire and not in establishing another authority. Desire is life and if you strengthen that desire, purify that desire, ennoble and vitalise it, give to it the ecstasy of purpose, then you will break all these small things that stand in your way. Have not all my friends urged me all the time to follow one thing or another? Have they not always said: Be careful of what you do, of what you say. Be careful of your position. You must say this and you must not say that. Patience is a divine gift! Had I obeyed any one of them, I should never have found that eternal, absolute, happiness. Because I doubted the very things they maintained, because I would not accept anything that was put before me, I have found that Kingdom which is eternal and without variance; I have fulfilled life. And I would say to you, do likewise, not because I say it, but because you yourself want to enter, you yourself want to find that absolute peace, that liberation which is the culmination of all experience, that Truth which is of no person, which is of no organization and of no church.

LET UNDERSTANDING BE THE LAW

LET UNDERSTANDING BE THE LAW

Jiddu Krishnamurti, Let Understanding be the Law. The seventh International Camp of the Order of the Star.

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