15 April

J.Krishnamurti’s Last Talk: 4 January 1986 

Krishnamurti In India: The Last Decade

Madras 1985 / 1986 – 3rd   Public Talk

7     But, we’re asking: what is religion; what is that made man spend enormous treasures, or given treasures to a temple and so on; what made him do all this? Are we talking together? Yes? Yes? Somebody tell me a little bit. Gosh, you need a lot of poking, don’t you? What made him do all this? What was the energy that was given to all this? Was it fear? Was it a seeking a reward from heaven, or hell – whatever you like to call it? Seeking a reward. Was that the origin? Because man as you, you want a reward, you want something in exchange. You pray three times or five times a day and you hope in return some entity will give you something, from a refrigerator to a car to a better wife, or better husband, or wait for grace, something that you can hope, cling to. Right? This has been the history of all religion – right? – organised, you know the temple near here called Tirupati. I’m sure you go there, it doesn’t matter. They make, I believe, a million dollars every third day. Right? Right? No? So, god and money are always together. (Laughter) That’s how the Catholic Church was built – tremendous treasures there, extraordinary valuable jewels and all that. So, you too have it here, in the various temples and all the puja and worship and all that triviality. All that really nonsense.