Date: 01 Aug 96 20:06:44 EDT
From: Kevin Jones <100621.17@CompuServe.COM>
To: Subscribers to the maili <TWC-L@HALMARAX.DEMON.CO.UK>
Subject: re: The Only Revolution
Brian Sandle wrote:
>> From "The Only Revolution" J.Krishnamurti.
It's rather out of context. Krishnamurti wrote this concerning _healthy_
people seeking a shortcut to seeking god - not terminally ill patients! Now they
may not have the time to use Krishnamurti's methods!
It's also not very helpful. If you don't like any of the methods proposed so
far, try suggesting some of your own. It has to be applied to someone who is a
complete novice at any form of spiritual training ie: 90% of the population and
who does not have the time to learn and master them. How would you help Joe
Bloggs down the road from you who has maybe 2 months to live, is pissing himself
out of fear, all his friends and relations can do is utter platitudes and he's
in various physiological upheavals (eg: pain) due to whichever disease he has.
Have you ever had to cuddle someone suffering from a terminal illness for an
entire morning because they're crying their eyes out from fear and loneliness?
How are _you_ going to help them? Anything practical - or just more platitudes?
You going to be there when they die? How are you going to help them with that?
If you can't make a positive suggestion - shut up!
I would take a very slight issue with Weed on a general principle: I'll agree
that one shouldn't offer opinions on subjects about which you know nothing.
However, one does not have to experience something to know something about it -
I do not have to experience sitting down in the fast lane of the M25 and having
a sandwich to know that it's a Bad Idea! Hell, if it wasn't possible to learn
from other people's trials and errors, if we had to run through everything all
over again, Man would not have come down out of the trees! Then again, the rest
of the planet might have heaved a sigh of relief! :-)
However, come to think of it, most of the population seems to find exactly the
same old ways of being unhappy. It can get a bit boring after a while!
The argument as to whether Krishnamurti was right about using drugs as a
shortcut to spiritual enlightenment is, for the purposes of the TWC, an