Born on May 11, 1895, in the quaint town of Madanapalle, South India, Jiddu Krishnamurti’s life took a remarkable turn when he and his brother were adopted by Dr. Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. It was believed by Dr. Besant and others that Krishnamurti was destined to become a world teacher, fulfilling long-held prophecies of the Theosophists. To pave the way for his anticipated role, the Order of the Star in the East, a global organization, was established with Krishnamurti appointed as its leader.

However, in a surprising turn of events in 1929, Krishnamurti renounced the role he was expected to play, disbanding the Order despite its significant following, and returning all donations and assets dedicated to his cause. For nearly six decades thereafter, until his passing on February 17, 1986, he embarked on a worldwide journey, engaging in dialogue with audiences large and small, advocating for a profound transformation in humanity.

Krishnamurti’s influence transcends borders, as he is recognized globally as one of the most profound thinkers and spiritual guides in history. Rather than expounding specific philosophies or religious doctrines, he focused on addressing universal human concerns. He delved into the challenges of modern society, such as violence and corruption, as well as the individual quest for fulfillment and security. Krishnamurti emphasized the importance of liberating the mind from fear, anger, and sorrow, advocating for a meditative and spiritual approach to daily life.

Not aligned with any religious sect, political ideology, or national identity, Krishnamurti underscored the divisive nature of such affiliations, highlighting the common humanity that unites us all. He emphasized the essential truth that, beyond labels and affiliations, we are fundamentally human beings sharing the same journey of life.

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