Jiddu Krishnamurti or J. Krishnamurti, (May 12, 1895–February 17, 1986) was a renowned writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual subjects. His subject matter included: psychological revolution, the nature of the mind, meditation, human relationships, and bringing about positive change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasized that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social. Krishnamurti was born into a Telugu Brahmin family in what was then colonial India. In early adolescence, he had a chance encounter with prominent occultist and high-ranking theosophist C.W. Leadbeater in the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras (now Chennai). He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a “vehicle” for an expected World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the worldwide organization (the Order of the Star) established to support it. He claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world as an individual speaker, speaking to large and small groups, as well as with interested individuals. He authored a number of books, among them The First and Last Freedom, The Only Revolution, and Krishnamurti’s Notebook. In addition, a large collection of his talks and discussions have been published. His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at his home in Ojai, California.
His supporters, working through several non-profit foundations, oversee a number of independent schools centered on his views on education – in India, Great Britain and the United States – and continue to transcribe and distribute many of his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and other writings, publishing them in a variety of formats including print, audio, video and digital formats as well as online, in many languages.
Most read Krishnamurti books
- Freedom from Known
A good “first book” to gain an understanding of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s teachings
- The Awakening of Intelligence
by Jiddu Krishnamurti
- Krishnamurti – Bohm
- The First and Last Freedom
with foreword by Aldous Huxley
- Think on These Things
This Matter of Culture
- Meditation Books
Meditations by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Books about Jiddu Krishnamurti
- J. Krishnamurti as I Knew Him
by Susunaga Weeraperuma
- Krishnamurti and the Rajagopals
Krishnamurti and the Rajagopals by Mary Lutyens
- Krishnamurti: A Biography
in details biography of Krishnamurti by Pupul Jayakar.
- The Life and Death of Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti: His Life and Death, a biography by Mary Lutyens