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Jiddu Krishnamurti

(1895-1986), Religious teacher

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Indian Theosophist. Born in Southern India, he was adopted in 1909 by Annie Besant who brought him to England and educated him. In 1925 she proclaimed him as a spiritual teacher and made him head of the Order of the Star in the East. In 1929 he dissolved the Order and declared that he did not want followers and resigned from the Theosophical Society in 1930. He travelled the world teaching and advocating a way of life and thought unconditioned by the narrowness of nationality, race and religion.

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Jiddu Krishnamurti, by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda - NPG x126975

Jiddu Krishnamurti

by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda
bromide fibre print, 1985
NPG x126975


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S. Lloyd Williams

02 January 2016, 18:04

Annie Besant proclaimed Krishnamurti to be the World Teacher, a great spiritual teacher, NOT the Messiah. Krishnamurti claimed he never used the word Messiah in connection with himself or his work. Annie Besant took pains to deny that the word Messiah characterized Krishnamurti or his work.

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