Focus : Philosophers : Jiddu K Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986)

May 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Philosphical thoughts

Jiddu Krishnamurti was considered to be one of the greatest thinkers of our times – as a noted philosopher and a celebrated public speaker. He advocated compassion, truth, thought and freedom, and spoke often on the nature of the oppressive doctrines of religion and society, which he saw as blocks to discovering one’s true humanity. Without any defining labels, he can perhaps be described as a non-denominational spiritualist and philosopher.

Krishnamurti was also a prolific author, producing several works on self discovery and the meaning of life. It is unsurprising therefore, given his teachings and personal philosophy, that all his material – including his books and lectures, is freely available on the internet. An archive of his works for free download can be found at : http://www.holybooks.com/dialogue-with-oneself-krishnamurti/

J K Krishnamurti was born in 1895 in Madanapalle, a small town in India. As a child, he and his     brother were adopted by Dr Annie Besant,[1] a noted Theosophist who undoubtedly influenced the young Krishnamurti. As a youth, he was raised by the Theosophological Society to become the incarnation of the messianic Buddha, The World Teacher Maitreya [2]. In preparation for his future role, he was made head of the newly formed ‘Order of the Star’.

He became disillusioned with the Order and left the Society in 1929, renouncing its teachings and returning all donations from the disbanded Order of the Star.[3] From this point until up to his death 57 years later, Krishnamurti remained unaffiliated with any religion. He travelled around the world, speaking to large audiences regarding the need for a radical change in humanity.

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect”.
–  J. Krishnamurti

A great thinker and speaker, he expounded on every-day issues affecting every-day people. The need for man to cast off the burdens of fear, worry, sorrow and conflict, were subjects he frequently spoke on.  He also had a great respect for nature and preached that humankind should treat lightly to avoid destroying ourselves and the environment. He imbued in his followers a similar sense of awe in nature.

Krishnamurti subscribed to no political stance, religion or belief system, other than that Mankind should be free. He often spoke of religion being the great divider of humanity, he countered that first and foremost we are all human beings and religion should not take centre stage, as the nature of religious belief causes division and conflict.  He told his audiences and readers that underneath all our personal and small differences, we are all the same, and we should be united by our shared humanity, and our search for Truth through spiritual balance and peace.

For more information on J Krishnamurti and his teachings the official repository is at : http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/

References

1.     Annie Besant (1847 – 1933), http://www.bbc.co.uk, 2006, retrieved 22/04/2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/besant_annie.shtml

2.     Creme B, Maitreya The World Teacher, www.share-international.org, 1999, retrieved 23/04/2011, http://www.share-international.org/maitreya/ma_main.htmll

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