The Authenticity of J. Krishnamurti

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. 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.

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Love of Truth – A Skill of Authentic Living

For me the love of truth is of utmost importance, and it is one of the psychological traits which foster authenticity. In the preceding post, I wrote about the nature of personal truth. Here I want to explore how the love of truth expresses itself.

Let me first share several favorite stories from history which exemplify the love of truth and whose examples move me. To begin, imagine that the religious and political powers of your kingdom have targeted you. You are called before the very emperor himself and his court to defend yourself. Previous defendants have been known to have been captured and executed in transit. Such was the situation which Martin Luther faced in 1521 when he was called before Emperor Charles and the Diet of Worms to defend his 95 theses which refuted Catholic doctrine and founded the Protestant Reformation.

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