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Jiddu Krishnamurti Questions Krishnamurti’s teachings Authority, belief and religion

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    How important is authority on which we firmly believe and follow? We all hold beliefs of some kind and we take belief so much for granted, it takes the place of truth in our minds. How useful are beliefs? Why do we believe? What about religion and what religions tell us to believe, to follow, to do? What about the authority of the Vedas, the Gita, the Quran, the Bible? What about the authority of religion? What does religion do to us? What about our belief in God? What does Krishnamurti say about them?

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    Krishnamurti says:

    “ There is the Hindu belief, the Christian belief, the Buddhist, innumerable sectarian and national beliefs, various political ideologies, all contending with one other, trying to convert one other. One can see, obviously, that belief is separating people, creating intolerance; is it possible to live without belief?

    One can find that out only if one can study oneself in relationship to a belief. Is it possible to live in this world without a belief, not change beliefs, not substitute one belief for another, but be entirely free from all beliefs, so that one meets life anew each minute?

    This, after all, is the truth: to have the capacity of meeting everything anew, from moment to moment, without the conditioning reaction of the past, so that there is not the cumulative effect which acts as a barrier between oneself and that which is.

    If we had no belief, what would happen to us? If we had no pattern of action, based on a belief — either in God, or in communism, or in some kind of religious formula, some dogma in which we are conditioned — we would feel utterly lost, wouldn’t we? Is not this acceptance of a belief, the covering up of that fear — the fear of being really nothing, of being empty?

    A mind that is filled with beliefs, with dogmas, with assertions, with quotations, is really an uncreative mind; it is merely a repetitive mind. And, through acceptance of belief, do we understand ourselves?

    On the contrary, a belief, religious or political, obviously hinders the understanding of ourselves. It acts as a screen through which we look at ourselves. Can we look at ourselves without beliefs? If we remove these beliefs, the many beliefs that one has, is there anything left to look at?

    If we have no beliefs with which the mind has identified itself, then the mind, without identification, is capable of looking at itself as it is, and then, surely there is the beginning of the understanding of oneself.”

    He also says:

    “Religion becomes a matter of belief, and belief acts as a limitation on the mind; and the mind then is never free. But it is only in freedom that you can find out what is true, what is God, not through any belief; because your belief projects what you think God ought to be, what you think ought to be true. If you believe God is love, God is this or that, your very belief prevents you from understanding what is God, what is true.”

    Once again, Krishnamurti also says,

    “The authority of a belief imposed by religion surely destroys the discover of reality. One relies on authority because one is afraid to stand alone.”

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