Fwd: Theos-World Inner Life of Krishnamurti
Apr 05, 2000 11:16 PM
by Gerry Druckerman
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Here are some feedback from some of those who have read the book. I have
excerpted from the amazon and barnes&nobles sites.
Hope some might find it interesting.
The Inner Life of Krishnamurti : Private Passion and
by Aryel Sanat
List Price: $16.95
Here is a comment from amazon.com customer
A reader from San Felipe, CA February 21, 2000
This book is not about the title but more about attempting to validate
claims made by the Theosophical Society and the subject of the book.
The author says his book takes no viewpoint on these matters and he
invites "positive" criticism of his work, yet he cuts short such evaluation
by saying all of his remarks are "facts." These facts actually, in every
case, are quotes--the opinions of various, mostly Theosophical
sources--since how, indeed, can one PROVE that the Theosophical Society has
been tapped to save the world by Himalayan "masters" known only to them or
that Krishnamurti was the "second coming of Christ" or the Buddha Maitreya?
These contentions are the focal points of the book. The many inferences the
author otherwise makes between what Krishnamurti said at various times in
his life that were contradictory and "what is" remain debatable. As
Krishnamurti himself spoke of his source of inspiration as "the Other," we
must assume that Krishnamurti the man existed separately as an individual
and was prone to the occasional contradictions and foibles of individuals.
In the last chapter, the author closes with a further note of confusion,
stating that the entire book "may be transcended."
Another reader from Albuquerqui, NM -- February 19, 2000
The title of this book indicates that Krishnamurti had an "outer" and an
"inner" life, the latter to be reveal by the author. However, it was my
impression that this book is merely restatement of the old agendas of the
Theosophical Society in Krishnamurti packaging, to wit: the Theosophical
Society is the crucible of all esoteric knowledge; the T.S. was annointed
by "Masters" unrecognized by any other faith but believed by them to rule
the affairs of the world and to "save" said world; Krishnamurti was the
second coming of Christ (called the Buddha Maitreya by the T.S.) appointed
and trained by the Masters as the only means of world salvation in this
age. Additionally, he was the sole beneficiary of the highest initiation
process ever performed on a human. The author invites "positive" criticism
of his ideas, but cautions that since his research is based in "fact" only,
that he has no viewpoint to debate.
To those who find elitist theologies appealing, this book will be intriguing.
A reader from Barnes & Noble:
February 22, 2000,
Book's agenda is clouded
Was Krishnamurti always 'channelling' his inspirational ideas at the
highest level or did he sometimes act like a human being 'off stage' and
get caught up in certain illusions? Aryel Sanat (or Miguel Sanabria, as he
also calls himself on the jacket) goes to unnecessary lengths to try to
reconcile Krishnamurti's sometimes contradictory words and behavior. Most
great gurus have exhibited a dichotomy but Sanat, a lecturer at
Theosophical groups, seems to want people to regard Krishnamurti and the
Theosophical Society as a 'cut above' other teachers and societies. His
book sets out to prove that
Krishnamurti was none other than Christ reborn and the Theosophical Society
(like the B'hais, it might be said) the vehicle for world salvation. The
proof the author feels he must offer is self-referencing quotes among
Theosophists, former Theosophists, one nameless Buddhist monk, and
It's difficult to take this serious subject seriously when the author
himself states in his last chapter that we might just as well 'transcend'
everything he has tried to say.
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