Biography of Jiddu Krishnamurti
Jiddu Krishnamurti was born in 1895 in the town of Madanapalle, in south India. In his youth, he was adopted by Dr Annie Besant, who was president of an organization called the Theosophical Society. It was proclaimed that Krishnamurti would become a world teacher in the years ahead. In anticipation of this event, an organization called the Order of the Star in the East was formed, and Krishnamurti was appointed its head.
However, in 1929 Krishnamurti closed down the Order, and returned all the money donated for its work. From here on till his death, he travelled all over the world, giving talks and lectures on religion and spirituality.
Krishnamurti is even today regarded as a great thinker and religious teacher. His talks were not about any particular religion or philosophy. He was more concerned with every day issues and the problems faced by citizens in modern society. He understood that every man and woman is in search of happiness and security and wants to be freed of negative emotions such as sorrow, hurt, anger and fear. He explained the intricate nature of the human psyche, and advocated bringing spiritual and meditative qualities to one’s life.
Krishnamurti did not subscribe to a specific ideology or sect. Rather, he said that these man-made divisions were responsible for war and conflict. He reminded that we are humans first and not Christians, Muslims or Hindus. He reiterated that humanity was one. Krishnamurti asked his listeners to respect nature and the environment. His teachings are universal and timeless.
Krishnamurti’s message and discussions were not based on tradition-based dogma. They were the result of his personal insight into human nature. Thus, his views are direct and fresh. He took private interviews, listening compassionately and encouraging people to solve their problems through personal understanding. He provided fresh insight into traditional concepts. Krishnamurti also hobnobbed with psychologists and scientists, discussing theories and their limitations. He passed away on 17 February, 1986.