J Krishnamurti daily quote on ‘Is religion a matter of belief?’

Dear Kalyanamittas,
Below is a very beautiful J Krishnamurti quote on ‘Is religion a matter of belief?’ for sharing by all.
J. Krishnamurti quote
Is religion a matter of belief?

Religion as we generally know it or acknowledge it, is a series of beliefs, of dogmas, of rituals, of superstitions, of worship of idols, of charms and gurus that will lead you to what you want as an ultimate goal. The ultimate truth is your projection, that is what you want, which will make you happy, which will give a certainty  of the deathless state. So, the mind caught in all this   creates a religion, a religion of dogmas, of priest-craft, of superstitions and idol-worship—and in that, you are caught and the mind stagnates. Is that religion? Is religion a matter of belief, a matter of  knowledge of other people’s experiences and   assertions? Or is religion merely the following of morality? You know it is comparatively easy to be moral—to do this and not to do that. Because it is easy, you can imitate a moral systemBehind that morality,  lurks the self, growing, expanding, aggressive and dominating. But is that religion?

You have to find out what truth is because that is the only thing that matters, not whether you are rich or poor, not whether you are happily married and have children,  because they all come to an end, there is always death. So, without any form of belief, you must find out; you must have the vigor, the self-reliance, the initiative, so that for yourself you know what truth is, what God is. Belief will not give you anything; belief only corrupts, binds and darkens. The mind can only be free through vigor, through self-reliance.

Bye! and with metta always,

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