Jiddhu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was born in India and was cared for at the age of thirteen by the Theosophical Society, which saw in him "the Teacher of the world" which it had proclaimed to be coming. Very quickly Krishnamurti emerged as a far-reaching, uncompromising and unclassifiable thinker, whose talks and writings did not belong to any specific religion, belonged neither to the East nor to the West, but were addressed to the whole world. . Firmly repudiating this messianic image, he pronounced with great fanfare in 1929 the dissolution of the vast wealthy organization that had been formed around his person; he then declared that the truth was “a land without a path”, the access to which passed through no religion, no philosophy or no established sect.

For the rest of his life, Krishnamurti stubbornly rejected the status of guru that some wanted him to assume. He never ceased to attract large audiences all over the world, but without claiming any authority or accepting any followers, always addressing his listeners person-to-person. At the base of his teaching was the conviction that fundamental changes in society can only succeed at the cost of a transformation of individual consciousness. There was a relentless emphasis on the need for self-knowledge, and on understanding the limiting and divisive influences of religious and nationalist conditioning. Krishnamurti always insisted on the imperative necessity of this opening, of this “vast space in the brain where there is an unimaginable energy”. This was, it seems, the source of his own creativity, and also the key to his charismatic impact on a most varied audience.

Krishnamurti continued his talks all over the world until his death at the age of ninety-one. His interviews and dialogues, his diary and his letters have been collected in more than sixty volumes.

Interviews with Krishnamurti, Saanen (Switzerland) 1977.


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