Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 11 Feb 2024


Do we need to discard all scriptures of the past?

[Ms. Thrylokya asked:- Mr. Jiddu Krishamurthi says, “A mind which has committed itself to the Gita or Bible or Quran or to some belief, can never learn and it can only follow. It follows because it wants security. As long as the mind desires to be permanently secure, undisturbed, as long as it is seeking its own perpetuation through a belief, it is obviously incapable of finding out what is God, what is truth”. Swami, please comment on this.]

Swami replied:- Whatever old knowledge present can be analysed by you and if it is good, you must follow it. If it is bad, you must reject it. Here, J. Krishnamurthi says that all of old knowledge must be rejected, and your brain must analyse and find out its own product. He is wrong because without logical analysis of the old knowledge, he is totally rejecting the old knowledge, in which case, he is rejecting both good and bad. This is not correct. If you get an illness, you go to a doctor and take the medicine suggested by the doctor. You don’t reject  medical science because it is old knowledge. You can analyse which doctor is good and which doctor is bad so that you can go to a good doctor and take good medicine. By rejecting all of medical science, will you discover a new medicine with your brain? You cannot say that following both good and bad is bad. Following good is good and following bad is bad. In such a case, you cannot cancel the process of following at the root level itself. If following itself is wrong, people who are following J. Krishnamurthy must also be wrong.