naked soul reflection: discovering truth

In this week’s Naked Soul Reflection, we ask, “What is true?”

Some questions that have come up in my life practice / self-inquiry of late:

  • Are you waiting for someone to tell you what to do / give their approval?
  • Are you using yoga for the sake of telling you how to live your life?
  • Are the things that used to be true for you (e.g. job, yoga style, snack foods, etc.) still true? If not, will you change to something that is currently true?
  • Are you willing to put down the things that are no longer true, or will you continue to wear them even as they rip like old clothes?

The text of the excerpt I read from a book during this episode:

I maintain that truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect….Truth being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you understand that, then you will understand how impossible it is to organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do. Truth is narrowed down and made a plaything for those who are weak, for those who are only momentarily discontented. Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountaintop to the valley. If you would attain to the mountaintop you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices. You must climb upwards to truth….I maintain that no organization can lead man to spirituality….The moment you follow someone you cease to follow truth….I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free.

Excerpt from Krishnamurthi’s 1929 address cited in “Health, Healing, and Beyond: Yoga and the Living Tradition of T. Krishnamacharya” by TKV Desikachar with RH Cravens (pp. 136-7)

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