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"I abhor all gurus"

Jiddhu Krishnamurti

Jiddhu Krishnamurti (JK) once said he abhors all gurus. Why? He was adopted by the Theosophical Society (TS) at an early age as if he was to be their messiah, akin to the way the 14th Dalai Lama was led to believe he was the 13th reincarnation of the previous 13 Dalai Lamas. Only, despite the equivalent great lure of the Dalai Lama's being the Buddhist equivalent of the Tibetan Buddhist pope, in JK's case he was set up as being the messiah or "world teacher" for the Theosophical Society, which had over 100,000 followers, but in act of incredibly respectful intellectual honesty and spiritual iconoclasm, JK admitted he was not their messiah. The TS treated JK literally like he was the second coming of Jesus and/or Buddha rolled into one. The TS had a philosophical theology according to which all the great religious prophets were "masters" of the "Great White Lodge" or "Great Brotherhood" of spiritually superior god-like beings who watch over humanity and guide its spiritual evolution, occasionally sending a member to Earth to restore balance or resolve crisis, including Buddha, Jesus, Hindu gods and others. After being indoctrinated throughout his childhood to believe he was their savior, Krishnamurti eventually renounced the cult and attempted to dissolve it; ironically, it lives on, awaiting another messiah... He has renounced the overall pattern of religiosity that is reflected in the form of spirituality revolving around the devotion to and authority of the guru, master, teacher, or enlightened being. Nonsense, he thought. Each of us must face reality, silence, uncertainty, death, life, alone, quietly, honestly, truthfully. Nobody can tell anyone else what to think, feel, believe, or how to act, live, explore. True freedom is impossible under such constraints and conditions. All knowledge, JK thought, was dead, reflected the past, was indicted in the evils of the past, only promised to continue the evils of the past, the stupid prejudices, hatreds, ideologies, fears, greed, ambitions, and so on responsible for all the bloodshed and suffering in this miserable world. We must escape thought altogether, as thought is always of what is known, what is past, what is dead, what is deadening. His message: Never outsource your judgment, spirituality, belief, reason, knowledge, doubt. Trust yourself above all others. No other can be your authority. JK was, ironically, the master of the anti-spiritual-bullshit philosophy. The key idea: doubt everyone, even yourself.

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