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The Kitchen Chronicles: 1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti telling a joke...

Looking around the table, he prefaced it by asking, “Are there any Christians here? I don’t mean to blashpheme or offend anyone.” Since nobody declared themselves to be religiously affiliated, he continued, “The Lord and St. Peter are in heaven observing the action down on the earth on a television monitor. They are amazed by what they see: people are forever rushing about, ceaselessly digging and constructing, building large cities, everywhere busy, busy, busy, from early morning throughout the night. The Lord turns to St. Peter and asks incredously, ‘ What are they all doing, busy from morning till night, never resting, forever striving, battling, competing? What’s the point of it?’ St Peter replies, ‘Well Lord, these people are your followers, they believe in you and obey you. And you told them to eat their bread in the sweat of their brows.’ And the Lord says to St. Peter, ‘But I was only kidding.’”

We started to laugh, but Krishnamurti gestured us to calm down, calling out, “No, don’t laugh yet. There’s more to come. St. Peter switches channels and they see a magnificent banquet hall in the Vatican with huge tables filled with expensive delicacies. There are caviar and truffles and the finest wines and so on. Hundreds of big men in purple robes are seated around the tables, feasting and laughing and drinking cognac and smoking cigars. They are the cardinals and bishops, having a feast. ‘But what about these people, ‘the Lord asks St. Peter, ‘they don’t seem to be eating their bread in the sweat of their brows. If you ask me, they seem to be having a jolly good time.’ St. Peter says, ‘Well Lord, these are the ones who knew you were only kidding.’”