Start your review of J. Krishnamurti: A Biography Write a review Mar 11, martin rated it it was amazing By any standard, Krishnamurti was one of the most important and fascinating spiritual figures of the 20th century; by many standards, he was one of the most important in history. This is an intimate biography written by a close friend, and explores his life and teachings simultaneously. A careful study of his life helps to reconcile the paradox of the nature of what he taught with the fact that he taught at all, and gives great hope about the true success of his life and how it will be viewed in the future; this book is an excellent diving board into that study. As always, the most important lessons cannot be taught, but only learned; therefore, they cannot be advertised, but only recognized. But if recognized, one may find from this source some of the most beautiful and profound teachings ever recorded - and they have been infallibly recorded by audio and visual media.
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Her father was a liberal intellectual and senior officer in the Indian Civil Service while her mother came from a Gujarati Brahmin family from Surat , where Pupul spent her yearly summer breaks. At the age of eleven, she went to Banaras Varanasi , where she studied in a school started by Annie Besant , theosophist, who was also active in Indian freedom movement.
Subsequently, her father got posted to Allahabad, where she first came in contact with the Nehru family at age fifteen, as her father was a friend of Motilal Nehru. She became politically involved after becoming assistant to Indian National Congress activist Mridula Sarabhai in the Kasturba Trust in Krishnamurti and also became involved in the handloom industry. She became the executive director and later chair-person, of the Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation of India.
She was active with the Krishnamurti Foundation in India until her death. Family[ edit ] She married Manmohan Jayakar, a barrister, in , who died in Books[ edit ] Her best known books are her two biographies: J. In the latter, Jayakar reveals that her close friend Indira Gandhi had personally expressed to her a premonition of her death in the wake of the Operation Blue Star incident.
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Family background and childhood[ edit ] Krishnamurti in The date of birth of Krishnamurti is a matter of dispute. Mary Lutyens determines it to be 12 May  but Christine Williams notes the unreliability of birth registrations in that period and that statements claiming dates ranging from 4 May to 25 May exist. He used calculations based on a published horoscope to derive a date of 11 May but "retains a measure of scepticism" about it. He was born in a Telugu -speaking Brahmin family. Krishnamurti was fond of his mother Sanjeevamma, who died when he was ten. He would suffer recurrent bouts of the disease over many years. Being of limited means he sought employment at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society at Adyar.
J. Krishnamurti: A Biography