• Krishnamurti

    Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11 May 1895 in an orthodox family of Madanapalle town in India.

    He was adopted in his youth by Dr. Annie Besant, the president of the Theosophical Society, which had its international headquarters at Madras. They proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be the vehicle of the World Teacher, whose coming the Theosophists had predicted.

    The World Teacher according to various scriptures, takes a human form from time to time to bring salvation to mankind. To prepare the world for His coming, an organisation called the Order of the Star in the East was formed in 1911 with the young Krishnamurti as its head. In the same year, he was taken to England to be privately educated and trained for his future mission.

    In 1922, Krishnamurti underwent certain mystical experiences that altered his vision of life. A few years later, he renounced the role that had been thrust on him, dissolved the Order with its huge following and gave up all the money and property collected for this work.

    In a historic speech in 1929, he explained why religious organisations cannot lead man to Truth. He declared : "I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion... Truth being limitless, uncontitioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organised; nor should any organisation be formed to lead or coerce people along any particular path... My only concern is to set man absolutely, unconditionally free."

    Then, for more than fifty years, until his passing away on 17 February 1986, he travelled ceaselessly all over the world giving public talks and private interviews, speaking, writing and holding dialogues, not as a guru, but as a lover of truth. These have been compiled in several books, translated into more than fifty languages and recorded on audio and videotapes.

    Long recognised as one of the world's foremost religious teachers, Krishnamurti dedicated his life to awakening man to his own sorrow and the possibility of freedom. Staying nowhere for more than few months at a time, he considered himself as not belonging to any country or religion.

    Over the years, his annual gatherings at Ojai in California, Saanen in Switzerland, Brockwood Park in England, and several cities in India attracted thousands of people of different nationalities, occupations and outlooks. He urged his listeners to examine the workings of there own minds and asked enduring questions about the source of all the problems, the nature of the human mind, and the significance of Creation itself.

    The four Krishamurti Foundations, in USA, England, India and Latin America, came into being to arrange Krishnamurti's travel and organise his public talks. Today, they continue to run the schools, study centres and retreats and to preserve and publish his teaching for posterity. Several schools have been created all aver the world.

    "The purpose, the aim and drive of these schools is to equip the child with the most excellent technological proficiency so that he may function with clarity an efficiency in the modern world, and, far more important, to create the right climate so that the child may develop fully as a complete human being. This means giving him the opportunity to flower in goodness so that he is rightly related to people, things and ideas, to the whole of life. To live is to be related. There is no right relationship to anything if there is not the right feeling for beauty, a response to nature, to music and art, a highly developed aesthetic sense." J. Krishnamurti

    Adresses Krishnamurti Foundation India, Vasanta Vihar, 64/65 Greenways Road, Madras 600 028 Tél : 4937803/4937596. STD 044 Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd Brockwood Park, Bramdean, Hants, U.K. SO24 OLQ Tél : (0044) 1962771525 Fax : (0044) 1962 771159 Krishnamurti Foundation of America P.O.Box 1560, Ojai, CA 93024 (U.S.A.) Tél : 805-646-2726 Fax : 805-646-6674Foundation Krishnamurti Latinoamericana Apartado 5351, Barcelona 08080,Spain