Who was Krishnamurti?

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—KRISHNAMURTI

Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11 May 1895 to a pious family in Madanapalle, a small town in Andhra Pradesh, India. He was adopted in his youth by Dr Annie Besant, the president of the Theosophical Society, which had its international headquarters at Madras. Dr Besant and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be the World Teacher whose coming the Theosophists had predicted. A World Teacher, according to various scriptures, takes a human form from time to time to bring salvation to mankind. To prepare the world for the coming of the World Teacher, a world-wide organisation called the Order of the Star in the East was formed within the fold of the Theosophical Society, and the young Krishnamurti was made its head.

In 1929, however, Krishnamurti renounced the role that he was expected to play, dissolved the Order with its huge following, and gave up all the money and property collected for this work.

From then, for nearly sixty years until his death on 17 February 1986, he travelled all over the world talking to people about the need for a radical change in mankind.

Krishnamurti is regarded throughout the world as one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday life the problems of living in modern society with its violence and corruption; of the individual’s search for security and happiness; and the need for mankind to free itself from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt, sorrow, and so on. He unravelled with great precision the subtle workings of the human mind and pointed to the need for bringing to our daily life a deeply meditative and religious quality.

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