Krishnamurti I: A Biography

Much has been said in internet Gnostic forums regarding the genius and influence of Carl Jung and Philip K. Dick. And without a doubt these two men were instrumental in igniting the modern Gnostic revival. However, there is another great figure out there who also deserves to be mentioned. I refer to the famous mystic and philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986), whom I personally consider to be the greatest Gnostic of our age.

Of course I must admit that Krishnamurti is special to me for personal reasons. In my life he was the one primarily responsible for birthing me into Gnosis. Yes, just like the proverbial “midwife” of Socrates, Krishnamurti was the one who helped me make that difficult journey from the womb of ignorance into the Light of Gnosis. Worded another way, he was the person whose ideas stimulated my spiritual awakening. His words caused a light to flash in my head that I had never seen before. His logic introduced me to a whole new way of thinking and a wholly different perspective on the human condition, on spirituality, and on religion. And indeed, it was only after this initiation that Gnostic tradition began to become meaningful to me, and began to make sense.

On the other hand, I must point out that Krishnamurti never claimed to be a “Gnostic” and he never made an appeal to any Gnostic tradition or scripture. In spite of this I remain convinced that he had some unique ideas which are compatible with the Gnostic world-view. While it may be wrong to simply impose a system or tradition on this man that he never laid claim to, I do believe it is a useful exercise to show how that Krishnamurti’s thought does resonate with Gnostic thought at certain key points. Personally I believe Krishnamurti was a living embodiment of Gnostic truth. But he achieved this by virtue of his spiritual nature and not because of any tradition or dogma—which he would have rejected. (I consider this to be a classic Gnostic irony!)

Certainly Krishnamurti never quoted Gnostic writings or appealed to Gnostic sages; yet I can’t help but see him as a man who inevitably lived out and fulfilled Gnostic Truth in his life. And in his accomplishments he showed himself to be something more than the typical Gnostic, or even a typical mystic. In his example he was more like a Christ figure or Messiah. He was a teacher who stood above other teachers and achieved a palpable level of divinity. And of course it is no coincidence that he was a man who had actually been groomed from childhood to be a Messianic teacher of this magnitude. He was supposed to be the next Jesus, or Buddha, or Mohammed. With the backing of powerful supporters he was supposed to deliver the wisdom of certain so-called “ascended masters” to the world. This ‘wisdom’ was believed to be so powerful that it would alter the course of human history and evolution. It may even be that Krishnamurti was intended to be the world’s first philosopher king! His supporters referred to him as the “World Teacher.”

Ironically, Krishnamurti’s defining and crowning achievement was marked by the way he failed in this agenda. When the time came for him to assume his ‘official’ Messianic office, Krishnamurti refused to stand and lead. Instead, he renounced his Messianic authority and resigned from the mother organizations which had prepared him, i.e. the Theosophical Society (TS) and its spin-off, the Order of the Star of the East. In rejecting his mission Krishnamurti could be compared to the example of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. In Matthew 4 Satan takes Jesus to a lofty mountain top and shows him all the nations of the world and offers these to him in return for his obedience. Jesus refuses, and chooses instead the life of a simple itinerant teacher. Krishnamurti likewise made a similar choice: rejecting the backing of a powerful movement which could potentially have placed him in a position of great influence (as many Theosophists were wealthy and politically connected [1]). Krishnamurti chose instead to conduct his own low key itinerant ministry. In making this choice he had passed his greatest test.

Now in comparing Krishnamurti and Theosophy to the biblical account of Jesus and Satan, I refer to the truly bizarre story that was Krishnamurti’s life, and the deep occult agenda that he was pressed into as a child. (One might even regard this story as the most bizarre example of exploitation of an aboriginal person by British colonialists.) His bizarre journey began in early childhood in Adyar, India. His father, a Brahmin named Jiddu Narayaniah, worked as a custodian at the Theosophical Society headquarters which was located in Adyar. He lived in a small house on the grounds with his two sons Krishnamurti and Nityananda. (Their mother died just a few years before.) One day in 1909 young Krishnamurti was brought to the attention of a leader of the society, Charles W. Leadbeater. He was about 14 years old and was playing with other children on the banks of the AdyarRiver near the headquarters. Leadbeater claimed to notice an unusually pure aura that surrounded the boy; and he decided that the boy was psychically suitable to be initiated and trained to be the ‘vehicle’ through which the world’s next great teacher would incarnate—a teacher of the same order as a “Buddha, Mohammed, Christ, Moses or Sri Krishna.” [2]

(Note: some Theosophists distrusted Leadbeater and accused him of being a pedophile. Krishnamurti’s father eventually demanded that Leadbeater stay away from his son. Krishnamurti’s ‘training’ was then transferred to TS president Annie Besant. [3])

To gain a better perspective of Krishnamurti’s situation we need to have a brief overview of Theosophical doctrine, into which this young boy was to be initiated, educated and brainwashed. Now of course I will make no claim to know the deepest and most esoteric secrets of this group. But I can present an account of Theosophical doctrine as set forth by the Society founder, Helena Blavatsky; as set forth in her massive two-volume work The Secret Doctrine (1888).

Blavatsky’s doctrine was based on a synthesis of religious and occult traditions combined with modern pseudo-scientific speculations. She claimed that all knowledge of the divine, and of human origins, was revealed in certain teachings she had received from Tibetan Buddhists, and was contained in an (alleged) document she referred to as the “Book of Dzyan.” [4] She claimed that this document (copied by her hand) revealed that human evolution and “karma” was to be completed through a series of seven root races. She claimed that the human race “fell” eons ago during the third race (the “Lemurians”), which in turn begat a mutant race of wicked giants which was the “fourth” race. The fourth race established Atlantis which in turn was destroyed because of its corruption. From the remains of the fourth race came the fifth race which Blavatsky called the “Aryans.” She claimed that where the Atlanteans marked the low point of human evolution, the Aryans represented humanity’s gradual ascent toward the ether, which was the original estate of the “third” race before it fell [5]. She claims that modern European civilization, and the upper caste Brahmins, and Buddhist monks, Tibetans, etc., are all of Aryan descent.

Blavatsky’s ideas regarding the Aryans represented a form of racism that fore-shadowed the Nazi movement that arose some thirty years later. Here is an example of some of her statements:

“The intellectual difference between the Aryan and other civilized nations and such savages as the South Sea Islanders, is inexplicable on any other grounds. No amount of culture, nor generations of training amid civilization, could raise such human specimens as the Bushmen, the Veddhas of Ceylon, and some African tribes, to the same intellectual level as the Aryans… The ‘sacred spark’ is missing in them and it is they who are the only inferior races on the globe, now happily—owing to the wise adjustment of nature which ever works in that direction—fast dying out. Verily mankind is ‘of one blood,’ but not of the same essence. We [Aryans] are the hot-house, artificially quickened plants in nature, having in us a spark, which in them is latent.”  (Emphasis added. As concerning this so-called “sacred spark”, see below) [6]

Blavatsky’s remarks here are worthy of any Nazi. She observes “happily” that the “inferior races” are “fast dying out.” Here is another example:

“Esoteric history teaches that idols and their worship died out with the Fourth Race (i.e. the Atlanteans), until the survivors of the hybrid races of the latter (Chinamen, African Negroes, &c.) gradually brought the worship back. The Vedas countenance no idols; all the modern Hindu writings do.”  [7]

Blavatsky means here that “Negroes” and “Chinamen” are really the “hybrid” leftovers of the corrupt and extinct Atlantean civilization. Her reference to the “Vedas” means that the original Brahmin wisdom came from the Aryans (as did the “svastica”), but that later Hindus, having mixed with the lower non-Aryan Dravidians, corrupted the original Vedic doctrine.

Blavatsky wrote of Jews that they were a race of Aryan origin, but that they had become “degenerate in spirituality and perfected in materiality.” [8]

Blavatsky’s notion of the “Aryan” race reflected the pseudo-scientific speculations regarding human anthropology that were then popular in the 19th century; and were propounded by such ‘intellectuals’ as Arthur de Gobineau (1816–1882) [9]. These intellectuals claimed that certain historical evidence from Europe and India—which seemed to refer to “Aryans”—pointed to the existence of a pre-historic master race which was responsible for introducing civilization to ancient India. Northern European races were said to descend from this same source. In India, British colonialists and Brahmin activists were spreading this theory as propaganda among the lower Indian castes; to the effect that their British and Brahmin over-lords shared a common “Aryan” ancestry which made them fit to rule. This piece of propaganda in turn served to legitimize the alliance between the British and upper Brahmin castes in the eyes of the ‘lower’ Indian population [10].

Helena Blavatsky took these racialist theories and elevated them into an occult doctrine of the origin of the human race as set forth in her book, the Secret Doctrine. She claimed to have access to the esoteric ‘big’ picture of human history—that she supposedly acquired from a mysterious order of monks living in Tibet. To the rantings of de Gobineau she added that the “negroes”, etc., were really the dwarfed and mutant leftovers from the giants of ancient Atlantis! These giants in turn were characterized as a wicked race of beings who used science and occult powers only for evil purposes; which led to the destruction of their civilization. In the late 1800s Blavatsky’s writings and ideas were spread world-wide; and Blavatsky’s “Theosophical Society”—founded in 1875—was a fashionable organization for Europeans who were interested in the occult. Theosophy was one of the sources through which the “Aryan” myth became popular among Europeans, and was elevated into a school of mysticism. In the United States there was a branch of the Theosophical Society which was called “The Aryan Theosophical Society.” [11]

Blavatsky’s ideas would also give support to a new form of anti-Semitism. She helped to popularize the notion of a contrast between “Aryan” Europeans and Jews; meaning that the latter was an example of a race which had lost all traces of its primeval etheric purity. This idea would be picked up by certain Germans who later used this as a major plank of the Nazi ‘social’ agenda—which was that the “Aryan” race had to be protected from contamination: from interbreeding and the influence of the lower races, especially Jews. Hitler regarded “Bolshevism” as a Jewish conspiracy to destroy the “Aryan” race.

Hitler even sent a Nazi mission to Tibet to learn more about the origins of the Aryan race and their descendants in Asia [12]. The primary Nazi symbol, the swastika, was borrowed from Eastern symbolism and was used as a symbol of Hitler’s twisted plan to save the “Aryan” race. In Hitler’s Nazi regime, Blavatsky’s teachings and Aryan speculations were converted into a frantic police-state agenda. (Indeed the truth is often stranger than fiction.) In India some Brahmins regarded Hitler as an “avatar” of Vishnu [13].

Blavatsky’s ideas were certainly misguided; but the Nazis alone are to blame for applying her ideas in ways she never intended. What Blavatsky had intended to do was to re-introduce the supposed long-lost ‘secret knowledge’, once possessed by the “third race” (the “Lemurians”), that would advance the cause of human evolution, and form a bridge between modern science and the occult. She further claimed that there was a hierarchy of ascended masters or “Mahatmas” who were prepared to impart this knowledge. (These “Mahatmas” were also referred to as the “Great White Brotherhood.”) These masters were said to be humans, mostly from past ages, who had completely purified their “Karma” and evolved beyond the need for a physical body. Some of these beings have remained here on Earth in order to guide the course of human evolution. According to later Theosophists these masters live in an etheric city located somewhere in Tibet, in the ether, which is known as “Shamballa” [14]. This secret knowledge involved the notion of liberating a secret illuminating power (the “sacred spark”) that is supposedly present within all Aryans, and which Blavatsky identified with “Lucifer.” Here is her teaching regarding “Lucifer” as expressed in her own words:

“In this case it is but natural—even from the dead letter standpoint—to view Satan, the Serpent of Genesis, as the real creator and benefactor, the Father of Spiritual mankind. For it is he who was the “Harbinger of Light”, bright radiant Lucifer, who opened the eyes of the automaton created by Jehovah…”

And also:

“And now it stands proven that Satan, or the Red Fiery Dragon, the “Lord of Phosphorus” …and Lucifer, or “Light-Bearer”, is in us: it is our Mind – our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator from pure animalism.” (H. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, vol. II, pp. 243, 513)

(Note: Blavatsky’s ideas regarding Lucifer were based in part on certain New Testament passages in 2 Peter 1:19 and the Revelation of John 22:16. See my archive article Lucifer the light-bearer for more details; archive.)

According to Blavatsky, the purpose of Theosophy, and the teaching of the “ascended masters”, was to re-unite Aryans with the power of “Lucifer” or “Satan” within themselves. By recovering this power, and wisdom, the Aryans will be able to recover the lost knowledge that was once possessed by the etheric Lemurians of the third race. This will in turn advance the course of human evolution and cause a new race to come into existence.

Returning now to the ordeal of Krishnamurti; he was to be the primary instrument by which this ‘wisdom’ would be imparted to the world. Charles Leadbeater and Annie Besant (being second generation leaders of the TS) intended to initiate young Krishnamurti into the mysteries of the ascended masters and to place him in direct contact with them.  Moreover, even Blavatsky herself believed that this was the ultimate purpose of the Theosophical Society: to prepare the way for this teacher. TS insider Mary Lutyens affirms the doctrine of the masters and the Messianic expectations of Blavatsky:

“At a certain stage in evolution the ego is ready to enter on the Path to Discipleship which will eventually lead to Adepthood and membership in the Great White Brotherhood of perfect beings who direct and govern the world. … Above the Masters came a hierarchy of glorious beings, one of whom is inseparable from any account of Krishnamurti’s life. This was the Lord Maitreya, the World Teacher—the Christ in the West and the Bodhisattva in the East… The Lord Maitreya…had twice taken possession of a human body in order to bring to the world a new teaching at a period of dire need—first that of Sri Krishna in the fourth century B.C. and then that of Jesus. The time would soon be ripe when the Lord Maitreya would once again take possession of a human vehicle and give a new religion to the world. …

“As early as 1889 Madame Blavatsky had told a group of Theosophy students that the real purpose of establishing the Society (TS) was to prepare humanity for the reception of the World Teacher… Theosophists also believed that each time a great religious teacher appeared it was to usher in a new sub-race.” [15]

Whatever it was that the Theosophists initiated Krishnamurti into, it had real occult power. Krishnamurti described how that he had been lifted from his body and was in the presence of the masters. At one point both Krishnamurti and C.W. Leadbeater both left their bodies together for several hours to make a journey to Shamballa where the masters lived [16]. Krishnamurti even wrote a book that was channeled from one of the masters entitled At the Feet of the Master. This book contains deep philosophical and spiritual insights—all from an Indian boy who was only 14 years old. And then there was the mysterious event that occurred when the Order of the Star of the East was established in 1911 which propelled Krishna into legend. Krishnamurti (still a child at the time) was the figure-head of this organization; the purpose of which was to prepare for his official advent as “World Teacher” (i.e. as ‘vehicle’ for Maitreya). A ceremony was held to welcome new members but was also attended by hundreds of other people. Krishna was participating in the ceremony when this mysterious force, which emanated from him, filled the hall like a violent wind. CW Leadbeater witnessed the event which he compared to the rush of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost, as reported in the book of Acts. Leadbeater reported the scene as follows: “It was exactly the kind of thing we read about in the old scriptures, and think exaggerated; but here it was before us in the twentieth century. After that, each one prostrated himself as his turn came (to receive a certificate from Krishnamurti), many of them with tears pouring down their cheeks.” [17]

Imagine this bizarre scene at a Theosophy convention somewhere in India, circa 1911! Dozens of Theosophy members, grown adults, are on their knees in tears, worshipping a young Indian boy!

Later, Annie Besant sent Krishnamurti to England where he was to be formally educated so that he could better spread the Theosophical message to Western audiences. He also embarked on numerous lecture tours, speaking at TS conventions in both Europe and the United States. In numerous cities where conventions were held he was actually billed in major newspapers as the “Messiah” and “World Teacher” and the “Young Hindu to be Worshipped as Redeemer” [18].

For Krishnamurti there was a dark side to all this and he came to doubt the wisdom of his teachers, both on the Earthly plain and in the ether. He confessed later that he had no will in any of the plans that were made for him. He was simply doing what others expected him to do. Personally he felt that the billing (in major newspapers) of him as the “Messiah” was embarrassing and was not really how he thought of himself [19]. He also found himself wrestling with dark spiritual forces and experienced numerous psychic attacks that brought him near to death [20]. He also witnessed petty infighting in the TS which was often of a most bizarre and scandalous nature. The organization had split into factions, some of whom denounced Krishnamurti and the whole “World Teacher” program as a complete fraud [21]. Others were fighting over who would be the next incarnated Buddha on the planet Mercury [22]. It seemed to him that some Theosophists had really lost their minds.

From Krishnamurti’s early age Charles Leadbeater and Annie Besant had served as his mentors in guiding him toward his destiny as the next Christ or Buddha in world history. Annie had become a second mother to him. But he came to a point where he realized that he could not assume this office for which she had labored, with all her hopes, for decades. The time was coming when he would be openly revered as the “Messiah” and he had to decide how he would handle this authority.

When that day came, in 1929, Krishnamurti’s first acts, as “World Teacher” and as president of the Order of the Eastern Star, was to disband this organization and renounced his office. He also resigned from the Theosophical Society; which he was also supposed to lead [23]. Krishnamurti reached the point where he knew that he could not allow himself to be used to spread this bizarre conglomeration of doctrine. And indeed his teachings are in part a contrast to the agenda and occult forces to which he had been exposed. When asked later in his life whether he still believed in the ascended masters, his answer was “Gods, masters, apparitions may exist; but they are of no value to the man who is seeking truth…” [24]

The ascended masters supposedly described their wisdom as “the Path” whereas Krishnamurti would later teach that there “is no path to truth.” [25]

Krishnamurti realized that the Theosophical agenda had nothing to do with “God” or enlightenment. He devoted his life instead to teaching people how to discover the truth within themselves, and he steadfastly refused to repeat anything further from the supposed masters.

As a Gnostic I can’t help but get the impression that the “heirarchy” and the “Lord of the World” may be analogous to the Gnostic concept of the “archons” that rule the cosmos.

See my article Krishnamurti II for details on the parallels between Krishnamurti’s teaching and Gnostic thought. —jw

Notes

1] A prime example of “politically connected” Theosophists is Krishnamurti’s mentor and Theosophical Society leader Annie Besant (1847–1933). She was part of a circle of people who made a profound impact in British politics and social policy, which is felt to this day even in the U.S. She was a member of the newly-formed Fabian socialist movement which also included George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells. The Fabian society in turn laid the foundations for both the British Labour Party and the London School of Economics. Many important world leaders and technocrats, such as John F. Kennedy, Elliot Abrams and Robert Ruben, attended the LSE (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_London_School_of_Economics_People  ).

The Theosophical Society itself was comprised mostly of wealthy, highly educated elitists. The culture of the Society is revealed in a biography of Krishnamurti written by a close friend named Mary Lutyens (1909–1999). The book is entitled Krishnamurti: the Years of Awakening and is a source for this present article. Mary was connected to the Society through her mother, Lady Emily Lutyens, who was a society member. In Mary’s eye-witness account it is obvious that the TS members are world travelers, forerunners of today’s ‘jet-setters.’ The Society held conventions and camps every year in country after country; from India to Europe to America; this at a time before there was commercial air-travel—and few people, aside from the very wealthy, could afford to travel frequently. Krishnamurti himself went from being a dirt poor and malnourished Indian boy to an international celebrity who stayed at wealthy estates all over the world.

2] Evelyne Blau, Krishnamurti: 100 Years, Stewart, Tabori & Chang: NY (1995), pp. 4, 8ff. See also Mary Lutyens, Krishnamurti: the Years of Awakening, Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Avon: NY (1976), pp. 11f. , 21f. 

3] M. Lutyens, ibid., pp. 15f., 43, E. Blau, ibid. pp. 8, 14. One such accusation against Leadbeater was reported by Annie Besant’s servant at the TS headquarters in Adyar. The servant, named Lakshman, told Krishna’s father that he had seen Leadbeater giving him a bath and that Leadbeater himself was nude from the waste down. Naturally this does beg the question of why an adult male has to take his pants off just to give a child a bath? Under scrutiny Leadbeater confessed that he taught young boys to masturbate and encouraged the practice. Annie Besant refused to abandon Leadbeater in the end because she claimed to have seen him the presence of the mysterious ascended masters and was therefore chosen by them (Lutyens, pg. 16f). Thus he was re-admitted to the TS after the investigation and allowed to remain; although he was allowed no further close contact with Krishnamurti.

4] H. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, vol. I, pp. xx, xxii, 1, 13. The link below is to an online text of the Secret Doctrine with original page format.

(http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/sd/sd1-0-co.htm#contents )

5] Blavatsky, ibid., vol. II, pg. 300–301. Blavatsky claims that humanity lost its spirituality and “third eye” beginning with the third race and is beginning its recovery with the fifth race (Aryans). Blavatsky’s general doctrine of the “root races” is contained in vol. II, pp. 263–275. Additional details are provided in the following sections, pg. 276ff.

6] Blavatsky, ibid., vol. II, pg. 421 (footnote). I acknowledge my gratitude and debt to Wikipedia which contains an excellent, researched article on the subject of the “Aryan Race” and Theosophy ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_race  ).

7] Blavatsky, ibid. vol. II, pg. 723.

8] H. Blavatsky, ibid., vol. II, pg. 200. As concerning the “svastica” Blavatsky informs her readers that it was “Born in the mystical conceptions of the early Aryans, and by them placed at the very threshold of eternity…” (ibid., pp. 99–100).

9] See link for a biography of Arthur de Gobineau and his writings (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Arthur_de_Gobineau ).

10] Thomas R. Trautmann, Aryans and British India, Yoda Press (2004), pg. 18. The link below is to an article by Dr. Dinesh Agrawal of Penn State University which examines the impact of British/Aryan propaganda in India (http://www.hindunet.org/hindu_history/ancient/aryan/aryan_agrawal.html ).

11] The following Google Book link is to an 1890 edition of Blavatsky’s “Lucifer” magazine, pg. 168, which features libel proceedings carried out by the New York Aryan Theosophical Society against the New York Sun newspaper.

(http://books.google.com/books?id=7IUfAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&dq=The+Aryan+Theosophical+Society&source=bl&ots=m0t2ZQB7Yu&sig=nwcl9Kmrkq47Okzjp8aE94SC2KY&hl=en&ei=1No1SsLIL5HatgPCyLiLDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10  )

12] Both Nazis and Theosophists looked to Tibet to discover the secrets and origins of the Aryan race. The link below is to an article on the Nazi-Tibet connection which is posted on the Buddhist webpage The Berzin Archives.

(http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/advanced/kalachakra/shambhala/nazi_connection_shambhala_tibet.html  )

13] In India some Brahmins believed that Hitler was an “avatar of Vishnu” (http://www.savitridevi.org/article-basu.html ). And then there is a certain Indian governor, named Narendra Modi, who regards himself to this day as an “avatar of Hitler” (http://www.ijtihad.org/Hitler-Avatar.htm ). The irony here is that the Indians and movements mentioned in these articles do not regard Hitler as a racist, but as someone with whom they share a common Aryan ancestry and heritage. They see Hitler and the swastika as another manifestation of the cosmic order as managed by the god Vishnu.

14] M. Lutyens, pg. 35.

15] ibid., pg. 11f.

16] ibid., pg. 35f.

17] E. Blau, Krishnamurti, pg. 22. There is also the report of Lady Emily Lutyens “He always speaks in English, which a large proportion of his audience, at least in India, cannot understand, and yet they listen spellbound. I believe he speaks to some inner consciousness that is not dependant upon words.” (Lutyens, pg. 142; see also pg. 252)

18] Blau, ibid., pg. 74. Lutyens, pg. 254f.

19] M. Lutyens, pg. 155.

20] In August of 1922 Krishnamurti began to experience nightly bouts of extreme pain accompanied by vision and meetings with the “masters.” C.W. Leadbeater began to believe that this pain was not part of the plan and that something was going terribly wrong; Lutyens, pg. 198f. The communications that Krishnamurti received from the said masters became uncharacteristic of their “style”; ibid., pg. 204.

21] Lutyens, ibid., pp. 144, 151f., 240, 253, 276.

22] ibid., pp. 87, 229. There were also negotiations and arguments over who would be the spiritual masters to the “seventh root-race” which had yet to evolve in the distant future. TS leader George Arundale had been promised the position of “Buddha” on Mercury but this was taken away by Leadbeater and handed to an Indian named Rajagopal. It was later agreed that Arundale would be “Chief of Staff of the 7th Race” and that this was “his last incarnation, as henceforth he would be sent all over the Universe and not attached to any one planet.” Arundale threatened that if Krishna did not acknowledge him as a fellow “Apostle” then he would denounce him and abandon the World Teacher program.

23] ibid., pp. 293, 298. E. Blau, pg. 85f.

24] E. Blau, pg. 91; see also Lutyens, pp. 263, 267. Lutyens quotes from an official TS inquiry in which Krishnamurti admitted that he never believed what was written in any TS book; presumably he referred to the “Secret Doctrine” (ibid. pg. 269f.).

25] ibid. At the Ommen Camp Krishnamurti proclaimed to his audience, in opposition to the “masters”, that the “truth is a pathless land.” And in a later book he would state plainly that there “is no path to reality anymore than to truth” (Freedom from the Known, pg. 21). The words quoted are in stark contrast to Krishnamurti’s very first book At the Feet of the Master which he wrote when he was just 14, and was channeled from an ascended master named Kuthumi. The opening words read as follows: “These are not my words; they are the words of the Master who taught me. Without Him I could have done nothing, but through His help I have set my feet on the Path.” In the two quotations we can see that Krishnamurti’s teaching has become the diametric opposite of what he learned from his “Master.” Whereas at first he affirmed that the truth is a “Path” he later denied that there was any “path” to truth.

By Jim West. Copyright © 2009, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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