Jiddu Krishnamurti — (11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was a speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the organization behind it. He claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world, speaking to large and small groups and individuals. He wrote many books, among them The First and Last Freedom, The Only Revolution, and Krishnamurti’s Notebook.
“Truth is a Pathless Land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophical knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation…”.
The Pulitzer Prize winning American writer Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) said “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know”.
At the end of his life Hemingway was being chased by the FBI and IRS because he lived in Cuba and was a friend of Fidel Castro, a communist, who opposed the Rothschild international bankers ambition control of the world. Understandably, Hemingway, also a long time alcoholic, became depressed and suicidal. His wife sent him to a mental hospital where they gave him dozens of electric shock treatments and heavy drugs to “cure” his depression. Two days after being released from the hospital his shot himself in the head with his double-barreled shotgun! Hemingway was super-intelligent, but unhappy.
Hemingway is an example that Intelligence, alone, is not the “key to happiness”. I remembered what Krishnamurti said:
“…you have the idea that only certain people hold the key to the Kingdom of Happiness. No one holds it. No one has the authority to hold that key. That key is your own self, and in the development and the purification and in the incorruptibility of that self alone is the Kingdom of Eternity….
You have been accustomed to being told how far you have advanced, what is your spiritual status. How childish! Who but yourself can tell you if you are incorruptible? I am not concerned, nor with creating new cages, nor new decorations for those cages. My only concern is to set men absolutely, unconditionally free.”
It is interesting that Krishnamurti uses the words “development, purification and incorruptibility” to describe the “key” to happiness. Perhaps this describes the path we have can follow to discover the truth and happiness.
Perhaps it is not as important to be “happy” as it is to see the truth and not become corrupted or depressed by it. Maybe our “development” and “incorruptibility” demand and require that we become “depressed” sometimes as part of our “development”. And, as part of our progress toward Freedom, which is an essential part of Happiness.