Jiddu Krishnamurti, biography, theosophy
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Jiddu Krishnamurti biography
As early as 1889 Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, had told certain of her students that the purpose of Theosophy was to prepare humanity for the coming of the Lord Maitreya, the World Teacher for the Aquarian Age. After Blavatsky's death, Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater considered it their task to carry on this work, part of which was the preparation of a disciple who would serve as a vehicle for the Teacher when He came.
In 1909 at Adyar, India, Leadbeater discovered a boy, who had been born into an high-caste brahmin family, whose aura he judged to be completely free of selfishness. Annie Besant also met this boy and proclaimed him an incarnation of Maitreya, the messianic Buddha.
This boy was Jiddu Krishnamurti,
who was then 13 years old. Adopted by Besant and Leadbeater, he received
intensive training, then 10 years of schooling in England. People in many
countries were informed of his future role. At the age of 27, Krishnamurti
had a personal vision which convinced him that the consciousness of Maitreya
was beginning to overshadow him. Theosophists throughout the world had been
waiting for this development. Annie Besant traveled (1926-27) in England
and the United States with her protégé Jiddu Krishnamurti, whom she announced
as the new Messiah.
He retained some connection with the theosophical movement, however, and continued an active career of lecturing and writing. He finally settled in Ojai, Calif., where from 1969 he headed the Krishnamurti Foundation. His writings include Commentaries on Living (1956-60), Freedom from the Known (1969), The First and Last Freedom (1975), Life in Freedom (1986), and Think on These Things (1989).
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