Truth is a Pathless Land
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Jun 12, 2006
We had a spontaneous guest speaker, a Gandhian named Dr. Prasad:
How people react depends on the mindset
Basic problem in rural areas -- what do we live for?
We're all responsible for each other
Life based development, not death based development.
If every villager has a cigarette, we can make money but is that progress?
Exploitation has taken subtle forms -- advertisment, marketing
Greed is the base of the problem -- we are creating more and more loss to society.
Instead of creating wealth, our paradigm has come to grabbing maximum wealth. As Gandhi said, there is enough for everyone's need but not greed.
Some notes from the roundtable:
Are organization are useless? Not always.
As organizations get larger, purity is lost.
Organization can't lead to freedom ... it's not spirituality.
by Edgar Allan Poe
Truth -- there's no one truth; it's all true. But until we experience it, it's just a belief.
It's not enough to hear somebody's truth.
Words don't describe things as well as experiences.
Truth is one thing that manifests in different ways; love's opposite is hate, pleasure is pain, but Truth has no opposite.
To find one's blind beliefs, one should question oneself.
Is killing is a natural part of life or can it be avoided? What's the "truth"?
Krishnamurti's brother's death proved to be a pivotal experience for JK's journey to a "pathless" land.
Truth has to be internal and personal; that can't be organized; but for practical things, people should come together and cooperate
Be quiet for truth to rise; no longer a question of right or wrong
One life is the same as many lives
Don't lie, you gotta go to God, there's no means of transport and you gotta walk your way
Krishnamurti has a point but it's overstated.
What's the difference between religion and cult? "Religion is to help you discover yourself but a cult is to use your weakness to manipulate you."
Confucious: you can make someone follow your system, but can't make them believe in it
Just because you're an organization, doesn't mean all constituent understand what it stands for.
My grand uncle,
talks about institutions as temples; ultimately it doesn't belong to one person.
Idea of a belief being a personal thing didn't resonate -- I get comfort when others share same beliefs.
It's not the organization but the people that participate in it.
Being addicted to religion is better than being addicted to crack.
Organization can be very liberating if they're founded on the right principles.
How does an individual stand up for oneself in the face of fundamentalism? Organizations are often too strong.
Really, what's an organization? Three friends sitting and talking is organization?
Ultimately, each one has to walk their own path -- that's the crux of it.
If "truth is a pathless land" and there's no path, then where is it? It should be where you are.
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