Truth is a pathless land, and you can not approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect.
Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, can not be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.
If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you can not and must not organize it.
If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the World is attempting to do. Truth is narrowed down and made a plaything for those who are weak, for those who are only momentarily discontented.
Truth can not be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You can not bring the mountain-top to the valley. If you would attain to the mountain-top you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices.
And that observation is not possible if there is any form of prejudice, conclusion, a formula according to which you are observing. If you are observing according to some psychologist, you really are not observing yourself, you are observing what the psychologist has said to you, and through that you are observing. Therefore there is no self-knowing.
And this implies an Awareness. You know, there are many schools in Asia and I believe they are creeping into this country too, where you are being taught how to be aware, or how to be attentive.
The first thing is, if I may point out, do not join anything, do not join any group, any organization – I hope there is nobody here who is the head of organizations, or group leaders.
Do not, because you need a mind that is capable of standing completely alone, not be burdened by the propaganda of others or the experiences of others.
Enlightenment doesn’t come through a leader, through a teacher, it comes through understanding of ‘what is’, which is in yourself, not running away from yourself. So don’t, if I may most respectfully suggest, do not join anything.