This message came to me in the form of a digital homing pigeon. Divine wisdom from the mind of Jiddu Krishnamurti, an Indian philosopher and spiritual thinker. It captures the very thoughts and subjects brought up in this tour. As I am moving on (literally, every moment) through cities and camp grounds, friends, ideas, and the past…
Living a minimal life. Yet, I gain more and more.
Dis-attaching and connecting.
The search for something I can really hold onto.
Jiddu Krishnamurti discourse on Truth
“Is there such a thing as truth apart from personal belief, apart from personal opinion?
Is there such a thing as truth which is absolute, which is complete, which is never changing in the climate of personal opinions?
How does one’s mind, the intellect, thought, find out? One is inquiring into something that demands a great deal of investigation, an action in daily life, a putting aside of that which is false.
If one has an illusion, a fantasy of truth or love, then that is the very barrier that prevents one moving further. The actual is that which is happening, whether it is what may be called good, bad or indifferent; it is that which is actually taking place. When one is incapable of facing that which is actually taking place, one creates illusions to escape from it. If one is unwilling or afraid to face what is actually going on, that very avoidance creates illusion, a fantasy, a romantic movement, away from that which is. That word `illusion’ implies the moving away from that which is.
Can one avoid this movement, this escape, from actuality? What is the actual? The actual is that which is happening, including the responses, the ideas, the beliefs and opinions. To face them is not to create illusion. In understanding that which is, it is not one’s personal opinion that judges but the actual observation. One cannot observe what is actually going on if one’s belief or conditioning qualifies the observation.
In other words a mind that is no longer creating illusion, that has no hypotheses, that has no hallucinations, brings order into itself… it has order.
If one starts inwards one sees that the `me’ is also matter as is thought. If one can go inwards, moving from fact to fact, then one begins to discover that which is beyond matter. Then there is such a thing as absolute truth, if one goes through with it.”