J. Krishnamurti was born in south India in 1895. In 1910, at the age of fourteen the boy was observed by the occult leader of the Theosophical Society, C. W. Leadbeater, who claimed young Krishna had the most unselfish aura he had ever seen. This was no chance discovery for Leadbeater, as he was known as one of many highly evolved beings around the globe, being informed by his spiritual mentor, one day he went to the beach where he found a vehicle, J. Krishnamurti suitable for the incarnation of the Lord Maiterya, the future Buddha.
Being groomed by the leaders of the Theosophical Society, he was adopted and prepared for the next twenty years for his role, something he shunned, saying. "I will do whatever you want".
In 1922 an unexplained process began that lingered throughout Krishnamurti’s life. He had drunk at the clear and pure waters of the fountain of life and his thirst was appeased. This process and awakening transformed Krishnamurti. No longer could he be held by the images and forms promoted by the Theosophical Society.
By 1929 the movement had grown to over 45,000 members worldwide. During this year, at the annual gathering held in the Netherlands, Krishnamurti dissolved the organization formed to follow him, claiming: "Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect…Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, is unapproachable by any path whatsoever. It cannot be organized. Nor should any organization be formed to lead or coerce people along any path…if an organization be created for this purpose, it becomes a crutch, a weakness, a bondage and must cripple the individual and prevent him from the discovery of that absolute unconditioned Truth. You can form other organizations and expect someone else, with that I am not concerned. My only concern is to set man absolutely and unconditionally free".
Ignorance of one’s true self (avidya) leads to ego-consciousness of the body and the phenomenal world. This grounds one in kama (desire) and the perpetual chain of karma and reincarnation. Through egotism and desire, one creates the causes for future becoming. The state of illusion that gives rise to this false becoming is known as maya.
For the next seventy years Krishnamurti traveled the world speaking to audiences large and small. His collected ‘teachings’ from 1933 to 1967 span seventeen volumes containing over 5,000 pages of published materials with an equal volume of unpublished material being prepared in the Krishnamurti archives. Krishnamurti’s teachings are therefore both common, in that they point to direct unconditioned intelligence, and completely fresh, new, and uniquely suited to the twentieth century mind and beyond.
To investigate Krishnamurti’s many mysteries that surround his life and there are many, Krishnamurti suggest we begin with the ‘vacant mind’. One of the most intriguing is the fact that he did, in every respect, meet and exceed the expectations and prophesy foretold by the leaders of the Theosophical Society before the boy’s birth.