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Krishnamurti and theosophists, pro & con

Apr 07, 1998 06:20 AM
by Marshall Hemingway III

In a message dated 98-04-06 23:59:47 EDT, Govert wrote:

<< Personally I think that K's failure to qualify for vehicle for Maitreya
and his denouncements of the Masters and theosophy, created so much confusion
within theosophical circles that it started the decline of the TS. That the
TS did not fold completely is not due to K challenging beliefs and concepts,
but to the fact that it
 was already a viable organization with a body of very relevant literature
and the backing of the Masters. Rather than vitalizing the TS I am afraid
that the teachings of K sap its strength. The TS is not aware of this,
because it is still in a state of shock and denial regarding what really
happened. >>

I agree with the above. I noticed when I visited Australia two years ago, the
TS there was split into a pro-Krishnamurti school and a pro-Geoffrey Hodson,
CWL, AB school, the Krishnamurti-ites being ensconced at Nat'l HQ in downtown
Sydney and the neo-theosophists centered around The Manor.

I have problems with Krishnamurti myself. He was an alleged "non-guru" with
tens of thousands of devotees. He rejected the TS yet he always maintained
centers conveniently located near major TS compounds, Ojai and Adyar being

His approach is basically that of a southern Buddhist, the neti-neti path (God
is not this, God is not that). This is the most difficult of all paths to
follow in my opinion. The iti-iti path of "God is this, God is that" is
easier. It leads to bhakti yoga, devotion to God in one's favourite form,
whether it be an avatar or guru. I realize that the two paths are a matter of

 Krishnamurti complained in his last days that no one understood his
philosophy (from Radha Schloss' book). People used to come to me with the same
complaint and I told them I couldn't help them because I didn't understand it
either. I finally got a better grasp of his teachings after reading Rohit

Krishnamurti had a perfect right to expound and dispense his philosophy, and
they're many people, including some on this List, who think highly of him. But
or me, well, his teachings aren't my cup of tea frankly. I think there were
many theosophists who felt the same way. Many acknowledge that he created a
great division in the TS which is still healing.


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