A brief biography:
Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 11, 1895–February 17, 1986), was born in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India and discovered, in 1909, as a teenager by C.W. Leadbeater on the private beach at the Theosophical headquarters at Adyar in Chennai, India.He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater within the world-wide organization of the Theosophical Society, who believed him to be a vehicle for a prophesied World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this destiny and also dissolved the Order established to support it, and eventually spent the rest of his life travelling the world as an individual speaker and educator on the workings of the human mind. At age 90 he addressed the United Nations on the subject of peace and awareness, and was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal. He gave his last talk in India a month before his death, in 1986, in Ojai, California.
His supporters, working through charitable trusts, founded several independent schools across the world—in India, England and the United States—and transcribed many of his thousands of talks, publishing them as educational philosophical books.
His official biographer, Mary Lutyens wrote a book about Krishnamurti's early life in India, England, and finally in Ojai, California, entitled Krishnamurti: The Years of Awakening. She was a close associate of his from the Order of the Star, and knew him from the early days until the end of his life. This book contains many insights into this period of his life, about which he rarely spoke. Lutyens wrote three additional volumes of biography: The Years of Fulfillment (1983), The Open Door (1988), and Krishnamurti and the Rajagopals (1996). Additionally, she published and abridgement of the first three volumes, The Life and Death of Krishnamurti (1991). Other published biographies of Krishnamurti include: Krishnamurti, A Biography (1986), by associate Pupul Jayakar and Star In the East: Krishnamurti, The Invention of a Messiah (2002), by Roland Vernon.
The writings of this guru groomed by new-agers are available as "a respository" today, and some still follow him. But one has to wonder why. His basic no-religion, no-absolute truth view evolved over time and was in part a reflection of his earlier training in Buddhism and Upanishads, which advocate self-denial. Note this analysis:
Krishnamurti has been criticized, sometimes as to whether he practiced what he preached. A number of people who knew him through the years pointed out that Krishnamurti’s life expresses something of the Indian Brahmin lifestyle, for he was supported, even pampered, through the years by devoted followers and servants. The questions then arise as to whether his attitudes were conditioned by indulgence and privilege.
In her 1991 book, Lives in the Shadow with J. Krishnamurti, Radha Rajagopal Sloss, the daughter of Krishnamurti's associates, Rosalind and Desikacharya Rajagopal, wrote of Krishnamurti's relationship with her parents including the secret affair between Krishnamurti and Rosalind which lasted for many years. The public revelation was received with surprise and consternation by many individuals in the Krishnamurti community, and was also dealt with in a rebuttal volume of biography by Mary Lutyens (Krishnamurti and the Rajagopals, 1996).
My comment: Why follow anyone who does not practice what they preach? For a more detailed, EYE-OPENING expose of Krishnamurti, visit strippingthegurus.com
He said, when disbanding his own Theosofists Order in 1925 (having been disappointed that his brother died even though he felt his "masters" said that would not happen.):
"I maintain that truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or coerce people along a particular path."
My response...no absolute truth??? Are you ABSOLUTELY sure? If there is no absolute truth, why listen to this guy? Your guess is as good as mine. Even non-religious people get this and say so in their reviews of Krishamurti's books! Google: Jiddu Krishnamurti leaves me lukewarm at the Church of the Churchless site for one example of this.
While I doubt this man has much of a following today, the "no absolutes" concept certainly pervades our society. But a world without ANY absolutes is ridiculous when carried to its logical end-point. No word would mean what a dictionary says...communication would be impossible. I see this guru as having become disillusioned to the point of saying "If MY idea of truth isn't so...who knows if ANY truth is true." But a life without basic faith that blue is blue and 2 plus 2 = 4 is really impossible. And a creation without any question about the creator is pretty short-sighted to say the least.