August 3 – A Messianic Figure Rejects the Role

Posted on August 3, 2016

When people are making a big deal about you...
When they are carefully grooming you for a role as “World Teacher”...
When they create an entire organization to support you in your role as a messiah-like leader... seems to me that it would hard to just walk away from all of that!

But walking away is exactly what Jiddu Krishnamurti did.

As a young teenager living in India, Krishnamurti happened to run into a Charles Leadbeater, a leader of the Theosophical Society. The Theosophical Society attempts to teach methods of discovering the nature of god or gods, the origin of the universe, and the purpose of life. Theosophy is a considered by many to be a Western religion / philosophy that taps into Eastern and ancient teachings in an attempt to achieve enlightenment.

Leadbetter was so impressed by Krishnamurti, he decided that he was the “vessel” for the messiah-like figure Leadbetter and other Theosophists had been expecting, the World Leader. So Leadbetter stayed in India to oversee Krishnamurti's education. Leaders of the Theosophical Society created an organization called the Order of the Star in the East in order to support Krishnamurti.

But Krishnamurti kept thinking for himself, and as a young man, he rejected his expected role as World Teacher. On this date in 1929, he dissolved the Order of the Star in the East, and he cut all ties with Leadbetter and the Theosophical Society.

Krishnamurti ended up traveling the world and becoming a speaker and writer who explored psychology, meditation, and inquiry methods of learning. He said that there had to be a revolution in the psyche (mind) of every person – and he pointed out that such a revolution couldn't be brought about by outside forces such as a religion, a school, etc.

I was interested to note that, although Krishnamurti was born in India, he died in Ojai, California, just 100 or so miles away from where I live.

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