In 1909, when he was just fourteen, Krishnamurti was proclaimed the world teacher-to-be in whom Maitreya, the Bodhisattva of compassion, would manifest. The proclamation was made by Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society, a movement that combined Western occult philosophy with Buddhist and Hindu teachings. Besant trained Krishnamurti in his role as the chosen one but twenty years later he chose to disband the order he was head of and set out alone on his endless journey. As a contemporary of Krishnamurti and one of his closest associates, Pupul Jayakar offers an insider`s view of the fascinating life and thought of an extraordinary individual.
About the Author:
PUPUL JAYAKAR is currently vice president of the Krishnamurti Foundation India, executive vice chairman of the Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, chairman of the Festival of India Advisory Committee, vice president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, vice chairman of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust and an adviser to the Prime Minister of India on heritage and cultural resources.