Re: theos-talk Jiddu Krishnamurti on Religious Organizations
Dec 28, 2011 06:46 PM
Thanks for your message.
Anyone who has taken time to read some of the early statements of the
Founders and their Bosses, will find that Brotherhood is the key driving
philosophy behind theosophy. You will find that it is behind all the
lectures and discussions of Krishnamurti. To many of us who were lucky to
come into theosophical circles from early years, and are open minded and
not blindly led by anyone's saying or writing, it was a fresh air that he
made us think and emphasize that each one of us is important and can
contribute to the welfare of humanity if only we are committed and try. I
am happy that I was lucky in getting exposed to theosophy and the lectures
and discussions of Krishnamurti. However YMMV.
On Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 8:22 PM, Jayananda Hiranandani <
> Dear MKR and Readers of the Forum:
> MKR, you cited a very important and relevant matter.
> I wish to supplement it as follows.
> During my 25 years in the San Francisco area and the association with the
> TS, I cam in contact with Dr. John Hamaker.
> He used to say that theosophy is not static, but theosophists are.
> I would add two points for amplification.
> Firstly, I will say that SOME members of the Theosophical Societies (I am
> using it in the plural to include Adyar and other groups) are static.
> Secondly, my father used to say that he is a member of the TS, not a
> Based on the foregoing points, there is a four-fold classification. It is:
> One, there are those who are, and have been theosophists, but not members
> any TS. This should be apparent from the fact that theosophy is an
> ancient philosophy that has been there well before the TS.
> Two, those who are members of the TS but not theosophists.
> Three, those who are both members of the TS and theosophists.
> Four, those who are neither.
> Krishnamurti has amply worked on the three objects of the TS.
> In the first object, he in his discussions has said that the problems are,
> to state roughly, not Indian or Western but human. He also says something
> like this that this is not the Russian or American earth, but our earth.
> More examples may be cited. But in short, he transcends the divisions
> stated in the first object.
> For the second object, and this has relevance in context of the passage
> you have quoted, there is the comparative study of religion, philosophy and
> science.. His observation is that traditional religions have not gone far
> enough to help.
> For the third object about about latent powers he has expounded awareness
> and insight, and may be others.
> Yours cordially,
> Jayananda H. Hiranandani
> --- On Wed, 12/14/11, MKR <mkr777@Apu2GBW6uHeFzikPZsKwD0ejwuFPujiTSCz9-l9VZ4Yw-j24acXIBfTJNjgz824eBFmuqXpm7Oo.yahoo.invalid> wrote:
> From: MKR <mkr777@Apu2GBW6uHeFzikPZsKwD0ejwuFPujiTSCz9-l9VZ4Yw-j24acXIBfTJNjgz824eBFmuqXpm7Oo.yahoo.invalid>
> Subject: theos-talk Jiddu Krishnamurti on Religious Organizations
> To: "theos-talk" <Theosfirstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 6:12 AM
> Jiddu Krishnamurti is known to be a very keen observer of the world around
> him. Frequently, his comments wake us up to see situations as they really
> are. Here is a quote, I saw this morning which made my day.
> To Climb High One Must Begin Low
> Religious organizations become as fixed and as rigid as the thoughts of
> those who belong to them. Life is a constant change, a continual becoming,
> a ceaseless revolution, and because an organization can never be pliable,
> it stands in the way of change; it becomes reactionary to protect itself.
> The search for truth is individual, not congregational. To commune with the
> real there must be aloneness, not isolation, but freedom from all influence
> and opinion. Organizations of thought inevitably become hindrances to
> As you yourself are aware, the greed for power is almost inexhaustible in a
> so-called spiritual organization; this greed is covered over by all kinds
> of sweet and official-sounding words, but the canker of avariciousness,
> pride and antagonism is nourished and shared. From this grow conflict,
> intolerance, sectarianism, and other ugly manifestations.
> Would it not be wiser to have small informed groups of twenty or
> twenty-five persons, without dues or membership, meeting where it is
> convenient to discuss gently the approach to reality? To prevent any group
> from becoming exclusive, each member could from time to time encourage and
> perhaps join another small group; thus, it would be extensive, not narrow
> and parochial.
> To climb high one must begin low. Out of this small beginning one may help
> to create a more sane and happy world.
> J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life
> MKR Comments:
> Many of us see the above in theosophical organizations as well. In the
> early days, there was no money or property or dogma (formal or informal) to
> deal with. TS grew by the sweat and blood and original thinking of a few
> pioneers and not because of fatcats who were able to write large checks and
> meddle with how it should be spent - old adage, he who pays the piper,
> calls the tune. Compared to early days, we see an emaciated organization
> with dwindling members and tiny groups around the world. Now the emphasis
> is money and property and its management and it seems theosophy and its
> propagation is secondary. For example, we have not seen a single elected
> official visiting San Antonio in the last ten years. San Antonio is the 7th
> largest city in the USA. Why? There is no property or money in the bank.
> Even in activities on Internet, the situation is pitiful. No active
> interactive involvement in cyberspace nor attempts to make electronic
> copies of publications available for free download so eager souls can
> access them. Mind you, the number of individuals interested in theosophical
> subjects is minuscule and TS was started not accumulate money and property,
> but to spread theosophy and make theosophical doctrines available to those
> starving for it.
> There is no religion higher than Truth.
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