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J. Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 11 1895 - February 17 1986) was "discovered" as a young boy by C.W. Leadbeater in India on the beach at Adyar in Chennai. He was subsequently brought up world-wide by members of the Theosophical Society, who believed him to be a prophecied (see Second Coming; Maitreya Buddha) incarnation of God or Messiah.

Eventually Krishnamurti ended up disbanding the Order of the Star of the East, in 1929, of which he had been made the leader, and which was founded to support him. He spent the rest of his life teaching his own philosophy. Although Krishnamurti himself did not accept followers, his teachings have many followers to this day.

Central to his teachings is the idea that each individual should be self-reliant, not basing judgment on anything exterior to oneself, like a guru. Other basic themes include the unity of observer and observed, fear, love, nature, meditation, thought, tradition and evolution, and choiceless awareness.

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"Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection." [1]

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See also: Annie Besant