This question fits in well with the last couple of posts so I include it here.
Q. You praise Krishnamurti in your book but a lot of people think that he somehow went wrong and that his teachings might come from a high state of consciousness but are of little practical use and could actually have a negative impact in that they just set the bar too high. What do you say?
A. I understand what you say and I don’t think it advisable to read only Krishnamurti and, as a consequence, reject everything else. I think you need a broader overview to begin with to get the best out of him. But, if you have a proper grounding in traditional spiritual teachings, he can be very illuminating in that he clears away all superfluity and sweeps aside the later accretions of those who echo the great Masters without having scaled their heights. The diamond-sharp discrimination he brings to bear on spiritual matters is very refreshing. However he can also seem to be asking us to leap over a high wall while forbidding the use of a ladder or even the attempt to climb. The reality is that to get from A to Z you must pass through the intervening letters of the alphabet. The spiritual path has stages which can't be ignored. From the starting position of a normal person it is impossible to reach enlightenment in a single leap. The unripe ego cannot transcend itself without purifying itself in the fires of spiritual discipline and uplifting itself through prayer and meditation.
But, despite Krishnamurti’s possible shortcomings as a teacher, I do think he has manifested the truth in its purity more than anyone else in the latter half of the 20th century. Maybe he had a peculiar mission and was meant to act as a new broom. He has many modern imitators but none of them has his depth of insight or clarity of vision or, for that matter, his purity of soul.
What distinguishes Krishnamurti from most of those who have followed on from him is his love of God. That may seem a strange thing to say given his stance but, although he may not have spoken of it in that way, it is revealed in his sense of the sacred and his uncompromising desire to protect the truth from corruptions inflicted on it by those who know it only from the outside looking in.
I have no doubt that Krishnamurti was sent by the Masters and served them faithfully, and one of the ways he did so was to purify the spiritual atmosphere of his day which had become heavily clouded with astral glamours and psychic illusions. By rejecting the Masters as they were presented he paved the way for a truer understanding of what they actually are. They were behind him and inspiring him, but as spiritual essences rather than the magical super-personalities they had been turned into by some of those who came before him.