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I thought Jiddu Krishnamurti left the Theosophical Society, why then does a person interested in Jiddu Krishnamurti also have a big website on theosophy?
J. Krishnamurti was discovered on the beach in Adyar by Leadbeater. The pure aura of the boy attracted his attention and he thought that this would be the new world-teacher. An organization was created to celebrate the followers of this new leader. A mythology grew up in absence of the teachings of the boy, because he had not yet grown up. This part of the history is recorded often in books and pamphlets and websites on K. (=Krishnamurti). But K. grew tired of the admiration and felt that spiritual growth is something that does not need a path, or a leader or a guru, but is in our own consciousness. Eventually this lead Jiddu Krishnamurti to disband the Order of the Star of the East, the organization that was created in his honor and that he became the leader of. But he did not leave the Theosophical Society (so TS [=Theosophical Society - Adyar] - rumor has it) until years later. Some people say he was forced out. I do not know the exact circumstances. Anyhow the relations with individual TS - members stayed cordial. In fact Radha Burnier, current president of the TS-Adyar, was a friend of Krishnamurti's.
Krishnamurti's dismantling the order of the star created a big shock in TS-circles as can be imagined. Many people left the TS altogether and in membership numbers the TS never fully recovered. But those who stayed did learn from it all. And studious as TS-members are (in comparison to other new age groups), they study Jiddu Krishnamurti as often if not more often than they study a theosophical classic like H.P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine.
So when I became a member of the
TS, I almost immediately met people who were Jiddu Krishnamurti-fans.
In fact, I learned about his existence through the Theosophical
Society. My love for theosophy and my love for Jiddu Krishnamurti are
interlaced, started at the same seed and cannot be separated. The
effect of K's leaving the TS is visible in the way the study of our
personal consciousness is now a major part of what TS-members perceive
theosophy to be about. Also it has become part of TS-culture that no
guru can lead you - you have to walk the path yourself. Personally I
believe that Blavatskyan theosophy and Jiddu Krishnamurti's study of
the now complement each other in scope and focus. Also, though K.
repudiated the theosophy he was taught, he probably did not read one
letter of H.P. Blavatsky's work. Especially in the so called "more
difficult" esoteric writings and the Secret Doctrine (the stanzas of
Dzyan for instance) links between the two TS inspirators (there are
more of course, but I don't think I exaggerate if I call H.P. Blavatsky
and J. Krishnamurti the two main ones) are not at all difficult to
find. Aryal Sanat has shown this in his book on this subject.
I sincerely and respectfully only ask if you have 'conflict' when sharing Krishnamurti, and at the same time being so involved with Theosophy?
of looking at it is that Krishnamurti wanted to set us free, and he
spoke for all of humanity. Speaking for all of humanity would make it
logical for him to leave the limited organisation of the Theosophical
Society. Setting us free also means that each of us is free to study
what we choose, including the combination of theosophy and
Krishnamurti told Radha Burnier to run for president of the
Theosophical Society (she had been high up in the Krishnamurti
Foundation before that). He would not have done that if he didn't think
the Theosophical Society was important.
You can order books on Krishnamurti at Amazon.com of course, but I've also made a selection of the best books by him here: J. Krishnamurti books.
Second: trust yourself. If your interest in Krishnamurti (and/or theosophy) is genuine and reaches your heart, you will pass that fire on in some form. But again: the child will decide what form that is. No teaching you can give it (reincarnation, karma, angels or anything) will be able to enshrine the sacred in their heart. Love, nature and patience are far more potent. So I would advice walks in nature (nature reserves, parks, woods), taking time to talk to your children and reading to them as long as they like that. Simple ethics should also obviously be a part of things. Honesty, dharma (duty), silence etc.
added january 2006:
To be thoroughly grounded for studying Krishnamurti, I would advice studying theosophy. Implicit in Krishnamurti's teachings are many theosophical assumptions. For many people this is highly confusing, unless they have studied some theosophy first. I suggest the following on this site: