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The Inner Life of Krishnamurti: Private…

The Inner Life of Krishnamurti: Private Passion and Perennial Wisdom

by Aryel Sanat

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I have not had as high expectations for a book, nor have been as disappointed in a book, as I am with this work.

The title is completely misleading. Rather than "The Inner Life of Krishnamurti" it should be entitled "Theosophy and the early Theosophists: HP Blavatsky, CW Leadbeater, Annie Besant, and Their Early Influence on Krishnamurti".

That would at least be truth in titling. With that title, I would give the book a passing 2 stars.

This book is published by the Theosophical Publishing House (Quest) and is an attempt to re-write Krishnamurti's biography. It disregards almost everything K said and wrote since he broke with the Theosophical Society in 1929 (Google his 1929 speech "The Truth is a Pathless Land"). The main point the author wishes to prove is that Krishnamurti's spiritual and intellectual evolution proceeded under the guidance of HP Blavatsky's occult "Masters", who remained a continuing influence in his life. K took great pains over the last 55 years of his life to distance himself from the Theosophical movement and their universe of occult, esoteric mythology.

One valid point the author does make is that Krishnamurti did fulfill the role envisioned for him by the early Theosophists, and was indeed a "World Teacher" throughout his life.

For an excellent work which fulfills the title of this book, see Roland Vernon's "Star in the East : Krishnamurti, the invention of a Messiah". ( )
  bodhisattva | Nov 22, 2007 |
Aryel Sanat's book documents that Krishnamurti never denied the existence of Maitreya and the Masters, but that "the Masters and Lord Maitreya were realities to Krishnamurti, apparently ever single day of his life since he first encountered them in his youth" (p.xiii). ( )
1 vote EsotericLore | Jun 26, 2007 |
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Aryel Sanat's meticulously researched and cogently argued exploration of Krishnamurti's inner life and experiences explodes a number of popular myths about Krishnamurti, particularly that he denied the existence of the Theosophical Masters and disdained the esoteric side of the spiritual path. Rather, Sanat persuasively demonstrates, Krishnamurti had a rich and intense esoteric life. Moreover, the truths of the Ancient Wisdom, as revealed through the Masters, were a reality to Krishnamurti every day of his life, from his boyhood until his death. The real story of Krishnamurti's inner life is shown to have critical implications for our understanding of Krishnamurti's life and ideas and for our views of Theosophy, Buddhism, the teachings of Gurdjieff---indeed, the entirety of contemporary spiritual thought.

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