Friday, July 14, 2017

How the Himalayan Masters use Twitter

Three sages in the Himalayas sit in silence, meditating. Ten years go by, and the first one tweets, "What a wonderful morning." Another ten years go by and the second one tweets, "It might rain". Another ten years go by, and the third one tweets, "When will the two of you ever get off Twitter".
That is my contemporary paraphrase of a story told by Jiddu Krishnamurti and reported in The Beauty of the Mountain published by the Krishnamurti Foundation. I took the photo when crossing a high pass in the western Himalayas en route from Kalka on the edge of the Ganges plain to the alpine desert of Ladakh - see my photo essay about the journey. Krishnamurti, who taught that "Authority of any kind, especially in the field of thought and understanding, is the most destructive, evil thing.. leaders destroy the following and followers destroy the leaders" had no time for gurus. But books such as Apprenticed to a Himlayan Master by Sri M, and Living with a Himalayan Master and Walking with a Himalayan Master by Swami Ram nevertheless make invigorating reading.

At the core of the occult philosophy of Theosophy as espoused by Madame Blavatsky in Victorian times were telepathic instructions from Himalayan Mahatmas - esoteric masters who dwelt in the Himalayas. Theosophy influenced many celebrated musicians including including Alexander Scriabin, John Foulds, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Dane Rudhyar, while Nicholas Roerich, who collaborated with Stravinsky on the creation of the The Rite of Spring, was one of the prominent Theosophists who visited India in search of the Himalayan Mahatmas.

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