Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Krishnamurti: The devil's in the truth

One of the many lovely things about India is the very affordable price of books, which in their local editions run one quarter to half the price of international editions. Browsing a book store is a lovely day spent, even if you have to put back 90% of the books you pulled.

I was relaxing on the balcony of the Schindia Guest House with my new copy of a one volume compilation of Krishnamurti essays and interviews, when I ran across this gem, which I found ironically appropriate for someone just back from 10 days of meditation and full of energy about his experience.

You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, "What did that man pick up?" "He picked up a piece of Truth," said the devil. "That is a very bad business for you, then," said his friend. "Oh, not at all," the devil replied, "I am going to let him organize it."

02 August 1929
Dissolving The Order of the Star in the East


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