“Truth is a pathless land.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti was a world teacher in the early 1900’s, but I can still learn so much from what he came here to teach. His words, “Truth is a pathless land,” bothered me at first.
I wanted a path; I wanted someone to show me the way. I was even willing to pay for it, either with money I really couldn’t afford or selling my soul.
When I made the decision to kickstart my spiritual journey, I was looking for other people to show me the way. I was going to groups, reading every book I could put my hands on and hiring people to give me answers. I was surprised at how many people I ran into that was selling “snake oil,” sometimes not evening knowing it themselves. They too were just looking for answers in the path.
Many times they believed in what they were selling, but I could see beyond the miracles for sale—I could see the broken dreams, the fears, and the people throwing money into the fountain of youth, and other hopes and dreams.
I often thought that if I wasn’t on my own spiritual path, I would start selling some snake oil of my own. I saw how easy it would be to sell miracles. People want answers from past lives, quick fixes for their health, meditations that they could repeat over and over again in the hopes to have their prayers answered, something they could buy that would promise longevity, crystals that had the power to move mountains, the list goes on and on.
On August 3, 1929, Krishnamurti stood before 3000 people and dissolved the organization he was made leader of. He felt that the people needed to find their own truths within and not using a religion, a person or a sect as a crutch. He spoke about how these things will not make you free. The only thing that will give you real freedom is going within and not looking without.
I feel that many of our past leaders were saying the same thing. I am pretty sure that Buddha never wanted to people to make a religion out of his teachings—he had many words of wisdom, but I believe he never intended for people to bow down and worship him.
He was trying to show us that we have all the answers inside of us. He said, “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
There’s an old saying, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” I think it means that if you think the Buddha has more answers than you do, you are wrong.
Socrates said, “Know thyself.” And Lao Tzu, a spiritual Chinese sage said the same thing, “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
Jesus never spoke about people worshiping him either. In the bible it says, ‘If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
So, all these masters were all saying the same thing, but yet we are still trying to find answers outside of ourselves. I think the bible even warns against false prophets. Many people could see these false prophets in religions that they do not subscribe to. That’s easy. What’s hard is to see a false prophet in a friend, a family member, or even worse, yourself.
I’ll be the first to admit that I too have been a false prophet. I would find some book, some magic pill, or some class and get all my friends to sign up. If I was feeling so good about it, I was sure they needed to be in on the secret as well.
I thought it was just “information sharing,”but the truth was, I was being a false prophet. I cannot tell someone else what is good for them—I can only know what is good for me. The truth was, I hadn’t even figured out if this “thing” was good for me either, for I was being led by another false prophet.
Finally the day came when I went out in nature and I looked at the big sky and all of its glory. It was beautiful and breathtaking.
I felt an overwhelming peace flow through me. I felt the light breeze on my face and in that moment, I knew that I didn’t need a book, a DVD, a pill, or another false prophet.
I knew that I could trust myself to know what was best for me. It didn’t come out of a box and it wasn’t for sale.
I had been walking around with all the answers my whole life and I never knew it.
Call it intuition, call it angels, call it spirit guides, call it whatever you want, but I call it being me.
Being me in the purest of forms—being open to the voice of God within.
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Ed: Bryonie Wise