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“The flowering of love is meditation” J Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti was one of the most influential spirtual leaders of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1986 he left behind a huge body of work based on his writings, speeches, interviews on television and radio, and the many conversations he had with students, scientists and religious figures. In these works he imparted his own vision of the sacred and his views on the human mind.

J Krishnamurti Early Years

J Krishnamurti at a young age
A young J Krishnamurti

J Krishnamurti was born on May 12, 1895 in the town of Madanapalle which is located in the South of India. As a child he and his brother were both adopted by Dr Annie Besant, who was the then president of the Theosophical Society. Dr Annie Besant stated that she believed Jiddu Krishnamurti was destined to be the world teacher that the Theosophical society had been predicting. To help this process, a new organization was formed called the Order of the Star in the East, and Jiddu Krishnamurti was made the head of this organization. Membership was made open to anyone who would accept the concept of the coming of the world teacher.

Traveling Abroad

In 1911 J Krishnamurti along with his brother visited London, where he gave his first international speeches. During this period Jiddu Krishnamurti’s first writings started to appear in pamphlets which were distributed by theosophists. In 1921 Jiddu Krishnamurti met and fell in love with American Helen Knothe, Unfortunately his mission in life, made a normal relationship untenable and by the late 1920’s the two had drifted apart.

Ending the Order of the Star in the East

In 1929 events took a dramatic turn when Jiddu Krishnamurti decided to end the Order of the Star in the East. At the time the organization had a huge number of followers. But he returned all of the funds that had been provided by followers for the success of the organization.

J Krishnamurti Travel and Teaching

J Krishnamurti in America
J Krishnamurti in America

The end of the Order of the Star of the East would begin a sixty year period of travel and teaching. Moving across the globe he reached people of all nations, teaching the need for a change in both individuals and the global consciousness. It is important to understand that Jiddu Krishnamurti did not teach one specific religion or ideology. Instead he talked of those issues that face all humans on a day to day basis. This included how to live in peace and safety in societies filled with violence and corruption. He also expounded on larger issues, such as how all people could free themselves from the shackles of fear and anger. He stated that in order to do this, we needed to bring to our daily lives a mindful and meditative consciousness.

Jiddu Krishnamurti was clear on his beliefs about religion and ideology. He claimed no formal affiliation and stated that religion was often a divisive factor in society. He urged his listeners to see that before we are Christians, Buddhists or Muslims we are all human beings, and thus the same and equal. Religion was not the only set of beliefs that divided us. Race, nationality and political beliefs were all factors that could set us apart from one another. These ideas are as relevant today as when Jiddu Krishnamurti first taught them.

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