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SPIRITUAL PATHS AND DISCOVERY OF
cultural tradition that promotes spirituality and creativity is very helpful. For example,
a musical tradition provides the instruments and tools for musicians to grow. Spiritual
traditions can be helpful springboards for self-realization. The problem arises when their
tools are applied mechanically, which is unfortunately too often the case.
Real knowledge has a tradition and an authority, just as there is in
science, but it is a matter of direct experience, not of mere belief. This is the basis of
the real Vedic tradition.
One important thing I
did learn from Krishnamurti was not to blindly follow anyone who called himself a
Later I learned that it is particularly dangerous to follow
a guru who does not represent or have the sanction of any real tradition. The Vedic view
allows thinking and debate and can even accept a Krishnamurti who rejects the tradition
for his insights on meditation.