The comments on my latest blogpost about theosophical popquizes
went a bit off topic. So I thought I'd start a new blogpost discussing the issue.
I've written about this before, so I'll start by quoting myself a few times. Let's start with my first attempt at discussing this:
I still do appreciate Krishnamurti's teachings as valid on the path for many, but aspects of it just don't work for many people on other stages of the path. For instance the implication that one should only follow those doctrines that one can personally vouch for, and only practice what one knows works is simply dangerous. Human beings aside from being individuals, are also group beings. This is a practical fact that has to be taken into account on the spiritual path. Most of us need a direction in basic ethics in order not to slide off into simple selfishness. We also need groups to help us stay focused on aspects of the path we might, on our own, ignore.
I didn't have a blog yet back then, so it's published on Katinka Hesselink Net: Theosophy & Krishnamurti
and in my comments on the blogpost here:
I wrote in one of my attempts at explaining my position regarding Jiddu Krishnamurti:
Perhaps that’s how I can best explain my ultimate rejection of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s teachings. I’ve studied his work, learned a lot from it, and have since moved on.
Testimony to how deeply I've studied J. Krishnamurti's work is the whole section of my website devoted to his work. I've studied his work almost as intensively as Blavatsky's. Though while I claim to have read 99% of her work, I certainly haven't read all of K's work.
I do think - as the title of that post implies (If you see the Buddha Kill Him) - that it's only possible to reject Krishnamurti once one has studied his teachings.
I did end that post with a list of things one can learn from his teachings. And memorizing the list is not the same thing as wrestling with his words. Just like memorizing a summary Blavatsky's teachings isn't the same as reading The Secret Doctrine. It's the wrestling itself that brings insight.
Now I'm not at all suggesting you or anybody else should read the whole of K's work - those 300 books you talked about. But one or two are, I think, a good thing to include in one's spiritual diet.
Here's the main article on my blog: my disillusionment with Krishnamurti
I did write there too that:
In summary: while I feel Krishnamurti’s teachings were exactly what the TS needed at that time, stand alone they offer people (especially kids) in our time enormous risks.
for theosophists K’s teachings aren’t a risk at all. We come packed with safeguards and K’s teachings are designed to get rid of precisely the risks theosophy as a spiritual path has:
* Too much reliance on theory
* Not looking at your life but at an image of your life
* Arrogance from thinking you are serving imaginary masters (imaginary to you at least as you’ve never met them – if that’s sentence seems to imply I did meet them, that was not my intention :) )