|Real Name||Jiddu Krishnamurti|
|Alternative Names||Krishnaji, JK, K, Krishnamurti|
|Date of Birth||May 11, 1895|
|Date of Death||February 17, 1986|
|Region||India, US, Western Europe|
Born in India, groomed to be the World Teacher by the Theosophical Society, rejected this role, but ended up as a very erudite spiritual teacher generally speaking to international audiences.
Though he dissolved the society formed to eulogize him as a world teacher, and gave back most of the donations, he was supported throughout his life by these early large donations and by the patronage of the ruling and leisure classes in India and abroad.
- Reject tradition
- Rely on yourself
- Be aware of your own conditioning
- Mind is the hindrance
Influence and Followers
Had a wide following during and after his death amongst literate artists, intellectuals and the English speaking rich.
Controversies and Criticism
- Had multiple surreptitious affairs with his female followers and associates.
- Fought with his publishing collaborator over copyrights and lost the case.
- Dominating and impatient in dialogues, he usually did not allow any viewpoint other than his own to be considered seriously
- Frequently short-tempered and temperamental (His long-time discussion companion David Bohm reportedly went into depression because of Krishnamurti's attitude)
- Built a cult of mystery and reverence around himself.
- Towards the end of life, claimed that not even one person had understood him and his teachings in his entire life.
- Towards the end of his life, made the grand claim that a "vehicle" like him would not happen again for many hundred years.
Organizations and Websites
- Meta site of all Foundations
- Krishnamurti Foundation of India
- Krishnamurti Foundation of America
- Krishnamurti Foundation Trust
- The First and Last Freedom
- Commentaries on Living, Vol I, II and III
- Krishnamurti's Notebook
- Krishnamurti's Journal
- Various anthologies of his talks, lectures and dialogues
Further Reading and Links
Audio and Video
- Wikipedia Article on Jiddu Krishnamurti
- http://www.strippingthegurus.com/stgsamplechapters/krishnamurti.asp (Chapter on Krishnamurti from the book Stripping the Gurus)
- KFA Response to the Radha Sloss Book