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Bye bye authority

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Many of you have probably heard of Krishnamurti and as i mentioned in previous posts, his words were the triggering event for starting MeditativeDiaries. Krishnamurti starts almost every single conversation or speech with a statement which is probably the most radical point of his teachings (this isn’t probably the best word to use, but i will stick to that for the moment): K underlines that the speaker is not important, only the message is probably serious, significant. He encourages everybody to not merely accept his message, to question it, to find on his/her own whether there is truth on it. He also notices that simply mechanically repeating a truth makes it a lie. K pushes people to be the light for themselves. This Man was the living example of complete authority denial.

..there is no leader, no guru..

During the last months i’ve noticed i am not eager to read more Krishnamurti books, watch more Krishnamurti videos. On the contrary, i don’t feel insecure to explore on my own. Insights are coming without inviting them so there is nothing scary to go my own way. This was an unconscious movement but after an incident of a facebook debate between fans of Krishnamurti and Osho it became obvious in a conscious level.. there is no psychological attachment to K. anymore, I don’t feel lost without him! And it seems that this abandonment of K’s mechanical manauthority inevitably releases a new passion for fearless investigation, a passion that is alive, fresh, intense. Once i don’t rely on anybody to tell me what to do, i have to find on my own or else i will die tomorrow.

The meaning of authority is rather wide.. We meet authorities in school (teacher-pupil), in family (the parents) in personal relationship (“trust me, do what i say and everything will be allright”), in philosophy (Socrates told this, Buddha said that etc), in groups (the leader and the followers), in ethics, religion, traditions, stereotypes (you have to marry and have many children, you need to be a successful businessman, you need to cultivate inner wisdom, to meditate, to follow the orders of god).. actually everywhere.

What is wrong with authorities? Authority is necessary an obstacle to inquiring, an obstacle to freedom, authority is attachment so authority is essentially fear, authority is a factor that brings about dullness of the mind. Do all these need explanation? Is it clear that being depended on authority you can’t be free, you are necessarily limited by what the authority claims? Is it clear that once you depend on authority there is a fear of losing contact with it? Is it clear that once the authority decides for you, you don’t need to find on your own, you just follow blindly, so no space for inquiring? The existence of authority breeds mechanical acceptance of its sayings as well as mechanical reaction. Won’t this necessary make the mind dull, won’t it make us insensitive, mechanical? Do we all see the destructive influence of authority?

So while authority is found everywhere, isn’t it obvious that acceptance, submission to authority completely transforms the living man to a mechanical being. Ιsn’t it our responsibility (not in the sense of a moral duty but because it is urgent) to deny authority in every aspect of our life? So as to be able to live? Or else we are already dead!

And while the writer has nothing to do with authorities, he’s probably saying nonsense, please find on your own if the previous lines make any sense to you, not in an intellectual level, but much deeper.. don’t forget, the depth must listen, or else it’s another verbal, intellectual achievement/understanding with extremely limited meaning.

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Jorge Kapa

The speaker is never important but you may examine the message, if you wish

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