Why do you wander, friend?

Man walking in a park
Photo by Kanti Kumar

1. Why do you wander, friend?

Come hither

Walk with me

Don’t pursue my steps, or any other’s,

But be my companion

In the search of truth.

2. Have freedom.

Freedom from everything

You are taught, shown and fed with.

See. Have the eye to see.

See in your own eyes.

See what is, as it is.

See your SELF in yourself.

See what you ARE.

And be yourself.

3. Be yourself and

Show yourself.

Have no fear.

Fearlessness is Bliss.

4. Do not follow others

Nor ask others to echo you.

Let everything be what it is.

Let it grow as it grows.

Let Nature have her say.

And see her growing

Nicely in her own way.

5. That is the beauty of living,

The Bliss of living.

For living is life.

Junk from the past

This is a little junk I created as a wandering, under-employed youth in 1987, in a spurt of raw intellection inspired by the philosophy of Jiddu Krishnamurti. I wonder at the naivety and dare of the young heart to try capture the great thinker’s philosophy in this immature verse. Unbelievably, it found place in a journal published on the occasion of a convention in his memory that year. More credibly, more than 30 years on, I am still exploring how to be myself.

About J. Krishnamurti

For those who are not familiar with this Indian philosopher, the core of Krishnamurti’s teaching is contained in the statement he made in 1929 when he said, “Truth is a pathless land. Man  cannot come to it through any organisation, 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 and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection.”

Find out more about J. Krishnamurti and his teachings

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