Philosophical Study of Religion

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Philosophical Study of Religion

By | November 2010
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The Philosophical study of religion seeks to understand how religions organize their claims of “truth”. It focuses on the underlying meaning in texts and myths. J. Krishnamurti and Ghandi are among the most notable experts in this field, and both hold similar and different beliefs on “truth”.

Krishnamurti held beliefs that truth is a “pathless land” and is unapproachable by any way or means, by any religion or sect. Every person has their own individual beliefs on almost everything. Although many may share similar points of view on some larger things, when it comes down to specifics there will always be variations of thought. Whenever beliefs become organized, they then become dead, frozen, inflexible, and are automatically imposed on others. When a religion is made for this purpose, it then becomes a crutch, a weakness, and hinders the individual on their path to enlightenment and discovering for him or herself “unconditioned truth.” One can not achieve true enlightenment by following someone else, they must find their own path and discover it on their own. As Krishnamurti said “the moment you follow someone else you cease to follow truth.” Krishnamurti desired to set man free from all inhibitors, all fears, all sects, and all philosophies. Man must only rely on himself in order to find truth. He uses a metaphor to describe why he travels the world to make speeches, “An artist paints a picture because he takes delight in that painting, because it is his self-expression, his glory, his well-being, so I do this and not because I want anything from anyone” He claims that man’s flaw is that we are accustomed to authority, and we hope that somehow that authority’s extraordinary powers will transport us to that state of eternal spiritual freedom. No man other than yourself, no organization, and no form of worship can set you free. However, Krisnamurti does give hope to those who truly desire to understand his teachings, when he says “...those who really desire to...