The Authenticity of J. Krishnamurti

“I maintain that Truth is a pathless land.”

~ Jiddhu Krishmurti (1895 -1986),
Indian writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual issues


I am always happy to recall and to share true stories of remarkable authenticity. Today one thought lead to another, and so I recalled, and again was touched again by the example of J. Krishnamurti’s authenticity in the service of his truth.

In 1908, Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbetter, leaders of the Theosophical movement, left England to travel to India in search of the reincarnated Christ.

In that era, the Theosophical Society was a major philosophical movement which taught the brotherhood of man and the unity of the world’s religions. The Society influenced numerous leaders of many fields. (see Famous Theosophists ) The Society also taught that the Christ or Maitreya (next Buddha) was soon to reappear.

Towards the end of the trip, Besant and Leadbetter spied 13-year-old Krishnamurti and his brother beside the Ganges. Viewing Krishnamurti’s aura clairvoyantly, they thought Krishnamurti to be the World Teacher for whom they searched. They received permission to bring Krishnamurti to England to give him an upper class education.

Throughout the remainder of Krishnamurti’s upbringing, he was raised as the World Teacher to be. Tens of thousands of Theosophists throughout the world viewed him as the Christ. Indeed a world-wide Theosophical organization, the Order of the Star, developed as a ready-made vehicle for the Christ to assume when he was ready to begin his mission.

So it was in 1929 that thousands gathered from around the world at the Dutch Camp in Ommen to hear Krishnamurti assume formal leadership of the Order, and begin his mission as the Christ.

When Krishnamurti finally took the stage to make the announcement for which so many had dedicated their lives – he said nothing!

That day’s meeting dissolved amid much hubbub. Pressured by Besant and others, finally Krishnamurti agreed to speak the next day. When Krishnamurti assumed the stage next day (photo left), he dissolved the Order of the Star. His speech began:

I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organised; nor should any organisation be formed to lead or coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organise a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organise it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallised; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. (To read all of Krishnajurti’s speech, see: Dissolving the Order of the Star ).

For the remaining almost sixty years of his life, Krishnamurti ceaselessly spoke to large audiences throughout the world urging audience members to undergo “the final revolution” of mind. He authored numerous books. He never ceased from teaching that the dire world condition resulted from the confusion of our individual minds, and a profound spiritual transformation is necessary for humanity to survive.

Many consider Krishnamurti as one of the great spiritual teachers. However, I remember him passionately insisting that he was not a teacher, but simply a fellow human inquiring with you into the nature of the dilemma which humanity must urgently resolve. Therefore I introduce him at the beginning of this post simply as a writer and speaker.

For those of you who might be interested in hearing Krishnamurti answer the question, “Who are you?”, see this YouTube clip: Who Are You?

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