Unfortunately, having proven that he was, despite having reached the final stage of enlightenment, unsuitable as a teacher, he still continued to teach throughout his life. The essential quality of a teacher is to simultaneously exhibit:
- empathy, by which is meant here, the ability to meet the pupil at their current level of understanding, and
- the ability to lead the pupil out (e-ducate) from their current level to a new, higher level.
Krishnamurti was unable to meet his pupils at their current level. Further, he refused to acknowledge any usefulness in well-proven methods of spiritual development. The level of his pupils was such that they took the quote above, and used that as a rule to guide their spiritual lives.
In other words, they used that quote as a Path. They allowed their intellect to dictate the meaning of this quote, because their intuition was insufficiently developed/uncovered to intuit the inner meaning. As those of us who have watched followers of K with dismay over the years refuse to engage with proven systems of spiritual development, this so-called path is a dead end which allows the personality to avoid the real effort and work of a valid Path. And the Karma of neglecting your spiritual progress is, of course, birth, ageing, suffering and death, repeated endlessly.
The intellect is the personal assistant at the palace. Without it the work of the King would be greatly hampered. Yet it must allow itself to be trained, and keep to it’s assigned role, or it will, in the manner of any jobsworth petty administrator, seek to inflate its authority and control the whole kindgom. And (although in real life the PA might indeed be more capable than the King!) the intellect is simply not up to the task of becoming King. It does not have the resources or capability of ever understanding how reality operates and is structured. The intuition operates on a different level entirely to the intellect. But, it can and will prevent the King from ever meeting the people, and doing a King’s work.
And yet there is truth in what K was saying. When you have “reached the top of the mountain” (an oft-repeated analogy for reaching the final stage of enlightenment) there are no paths there. One simply is. The requirements for those living at the peak of the mountain are quite different from those who are still climbing. It is impossible for anyone else to get to the top without having a map/path/guidance to follow, and having developed the skills and fitness to make the climb safely.
It is for these reasons that a responsible teacher will guide you to the ability to detach from the limiting constraints of your emotionally and intellectually dependant personality as the first stage in your journey towards enlightenment. This will be done by using prayer or meditation within a spiritual system of development, as described here (link). There are, in essence, four elements to the teachings, which can be mixed by a responsible and knowledgeable teacher to suit different types of personality and culture.