Life of J Krishnamurti
J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is one of the most prolific thinkers, speakers, and most challenging philosophers of the modern times. In fact, he is not a philosopher in the true sense of the word. Philosophy is essentially a mental process whereas Krishnamurti points out that mind is limited, and through the activities of a limited equipment one cannot touch the Unlimited.
The life Krishnamurti lived was simple and straight, but circumstances surrounded him in such a way that he was acknowledged as part of some of those traditions until he broke away from them and stood alone. Born as the eighth child of an austere South Indian Brahmin family, he spent his childhood as a sickly, lonely but exceedingly sweet boy whose only company were his loving mother, a devoted younger brother, and the vast open nature. Soon he was discovered by a clairvoyant theosophist, C.W. Leadbeater, who then was on the lookout for a suitable human medium through whom the World Teacher would manifest. This belief of Leadbeater was in conformity with the mission of the Theosophical Society, founded by Madame H.P. Blavatsky and others, of which Mrs. Annie Besant was the President.
Leadbeater took charge of Krishnamurti and trained him as per the instructions from his divine Masters who had inspired the formation of the Theosophical Society. Theosophy believed that the consciousness of the World Teacher, known as Maitreya Bodhisattva, was once again going to manifest in the world to stimulate spiritual evolution of mankind. Leadbeater’s responsibility was to train Krishnamurti in a way that the world Teacher’s consciousness could easily use him for the teaching.
However, things took an unexpected turn when Krishnamurti openly announced that no organized belief or cult -not even the Theosophical organization – can ever lead one to the Truth. Truth is a pathless land, he said, and invited the world to walk that land with no crutch of spiritual guidance, with no gurus and no scriptures. Stepping out of the organizations and Societies that had been formed around him, Krishnamurti began a life of extensive travel in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, Switzerland, Holland, Sri Lanka, and places in South America and many more countries, lecturing and talking at schools, colleges, universities, and public gatherings. He spoke about human society, human mind, sorrow, death, pleasure, happiness, love, fear, meditation and many such topics. His teachings on meditation were unique and way different from the traditional meditations. To him, meditation that is contrived and practiced as a discipline is only a form of coercion – and therefore, corrupt, whereas the real meditation is that which comes naturally without the mind longing for it.
The valley of Ojai in California (U.S.A.) became the base for most part of his life. In the laid-back, resort style cottage, surrounded by orange groves and rolling mountains, Krishnamurti rested when he wasn’t on his tours. It was the same cottage (the Pine Cottage) where years ago he had undergone a very mysterious process, that can be likened to enlightenment although Krishnamurti never used that term to describe that still-unexplained process of his. It was also in the same cottage that he breathed his last at the age of ninety, in February, 1986.
It is really difficult to describe who Krishnamurti is. Yet at the same time, it is not important who he is, but what is of worth is: What are you doing with your life? To quote his words,
“Friend, do not concern yourself with who I am; you will never know. I do not want you to accept anything I say. I do not want anything from any of you; I do not desire popularity; I do not want your flattery, your following. Because I am in love with life, I do not want anything. These questions are not of very great importance; what is of importance is the fact that you obey and allow your judgment to be perverted by authority. Your judgment, your mind, your affection, your life are being perverted by things , which have no value, and herein lies sorrow.“