Jiddu Krishnamurti on Mediumship and
communication with Dead Spirits
Questioner: How do you regard medium-ship and
communication with the spirits of the dead?
Jiddu Krishnamurti: You can laugh it off or take it seriously. In the
first place, do not let us discuss whether the spirits exist or not, but
let us consider the desire which prompts us to communicate with them,
for that is the most important part in the question.
With the majority of people who go in for that kind of thing, in their
communication with the dead there is the desire to be guided, to be told
what to do, as they are in constant uncertainty with regard to their
actions, and they hope that by communicating with those who are dead
they shall find guidance, thus sparing themselves the trouble of
thinking. So the desire is for guidance, for direction, in order that
they may not make mistakes and suffer. It is the same attitude that some
have with regard to the Masters, those beings who are considered more
advanced, and so able to direct man through their messengers and so
forth and so on.
The worship of authority is the denial of understanding. The desire not
to suffer breeds exploitation. So this search for authority destroys
fullness of action, and guidance brings about irresponsibility, for
there is a strong desire to sail through life without conflict, without
suffering. For this reason one has beliefs, ideals, systems, in the hope
that struggle and suffering can be avoided. But these beliefs, ideals,
which have become escapes, are the very cause of conflict, creating
greater illusions, greater suffering. So long as the mind seeks comfort
through guidance, through authority, the cause of suffering, ignorance,
can never be dissolved.
Source - Jiddu Krishnamurti Second Talk in So Paulo* april 1935
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