Jeddu Krishnamurti

Copyright Michael D. Robbins 2005


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Jeddu Krishnamurti—Sage, Teacher of Spirituality

1895-1985? - May 12, 1895, Madanapalle (Madras) India, 12:25 AM. (Source: Sabian Symbols)  

(Ascendant, Aquarius; Sun, Mercury Taurus; Moon, Sagittarius; Venus and Neptune conjunct Pluto, all in Gemini; Mars and Jupiter in Cancer, conjunct; Saturn and Uranus in Scorpio)       

Jeddu Krishnamurti was one of the twentieth century’s best known teachers of spirituality. He was personally cultivated at an early age by C.W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant (two leading figures in the Theosophical Society). In their eyes, he was to become the “World Teacher” and, indeed, for a brief period, so we are told, an experiment was undertaken wherein the true World Teacher and Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy, the Christ, overshadowed the boy and attempted to work through him. It was during this period that the book, At the Feet of the Master was produced.          

But Krishnamurti, for various reasons, became increasingly dissatisfied with his Theosophical mentors, and with his own Theosophically related activities, and during a crisis period broke from them and began thinking and teaching in an entirely new way. For the rest of his life he pursued this radical departure from his early Theosophical roots, becoming known throughout the world for his insistence that spiritual aspirants should think for themselves and approach divinity without pre-conceptions and without dependence upon the Masters or even upon spiritual teachers—such as themselves. He seemed to revert to his own version of the ancient Vedanta, which considered the ego illusory and the mind simply the source of illusion—however much that mind was used to prove its own illusory nature.  

As his life advanced, Krishnamurti developed a world following (something essentially against his own philosophy of spiritual independence). Near the end, he had disciples in many countries, and even within the United Nations Organization, some of the leaders of which referred to him as the “World Teacher”.         

The chart of Krishnamurti (and of other such developed souls) can be read confidently in an esoteric manner, using esoteric rulerships and, in some cases, hierarchical rulerships. The major signs involved are Aquarius Taurus, and Sagittarius—his Ascendant, Sun and Moon Sign respectively.         

Here Taurus is definitely the sign of illumination which arises when the illusions of mind have been defeated. Interestingly his Taurus Sun is placed in the third house where the customary thinking processes of the mind are symbolized. Krishnamurti was a powerful thinker and reasoner (the close semi-sextile between Mercury in Taurus and Venus in Gemini must be effective, with the Moon in Sagittarius contributing the philosophical impulse, and remembering how many famous philosophers have had strong Taurean energy).It was as if he followed Ramakrishna’s dictum: “the mind is like a thorn; use the thorn to remove the thorn, then throw them both away”. He thought intensively in order to prove the worthlessness of the usual thought process, calling the mind “just a bundle of memories”.

In his inherently Vedantic approach, Krishnamurti was, perhaps, even more uncompromising than the Buddha, attempting in his teaching to destroy all attachments to the possessions of consciousness. In this we must remember that Taurus, on the lower turn of the spiral, seeks to have, thus preventing its own freedom. Using the first ray, Krishnamurti rigorously separated the perceiver from the contents of consciousness, without ever referring specifically to the authority of any ancient doctrine (thus displaying the non-traditionalism of the Aquarian)    

His Ascendant, Aquarius, signals his resonance with a New Age offering the possibilities of new (yet anciently based) spiritual approaches, and the tremendous effect he has had upon those who are sensitive to the new vibration. There is a close connection between Aquarius and Alcyone (the “Star of the Individual”, the central star of the Pleiades, visually part of the constellation Taurus, and considered to be “in” the sign in which Krishnamurti was born). In fact, in early days, Krishnamurti was known as “Alcyone” and a book was written, The Lives of Alcyone, which purported to describe about fifty of his past incarnations, dating back some fifty thousand years. Perhaps this identification with the “Star of the Individual” can explain his insistence upon spiritual self-reliance.          

In the book, The Initiate in the Dark Cycle,  by Cyril Scott, Krishnamurti was said (by one of the Masters) to have been  passing through the Arhat Initiation (the fourth), at which time, according to the Tibetan’s teachings on esoteric astrology, both Taurus (via Vulcan) and Aquarius (most often the sign of the last physical incarnation) can be powerful. He certainly possessed the power rigorously to destroy illusion conferred by illuminative Taurus, and necessary for those who are to pass through this fourth spiritual step. He was, as well, from the nature of his life, essentially, a renunciant and seemed to abide in a state of “Isolated Unity” even when surrounded by crowds. Further, his life reflected an Aquarian synthetic summation characteristic of those focussed upon the freedom from the fourth kingdom to be found at that degree.           

Without attempting to be entirely specific, Krishnamurti’s rays seem to have been (from the spiritual perspective) principally the second and the first (both of these radiating from levels ‘above’ the personality—though the first ray may be found within the personality as well), with some fourth ray within the personality or its vehicles conferring imagery, appreciation of beauty and intuition. The sixth ray of devotion was also present—in the early days. He undoubtedly began his life with a second ray focus. and the “overshadowing experiment” would require this ray if he were to resonate with the second ray quality of Maitreya, the Christ. His early statements and his first book are filled with the quality of the Ray of Love-Wisdom.        

After he dissolved his Theosophical associations, however, his ray focus seemed to change, and far more of the first ray entered. He was still and ever the teacher (and so the second ray certainly did not disappear) but his teaching grew increasingly demanding and austere. Even if he remained upon the second ray in his soul, there are essentially three different ways to express upon this ray—the way of the occultist (the third sub-aspect of the second ray), expressing occult knowledge in meticulous detail; the way of pure love (the second sub-aspect) which is the Christ’s way; and the way of wisdom—the Buddha’s way, which expresses the first sub-aspect of the second ray
(cf. DINA II 518) He seemed to choose this latter approach which resonated closely with the essentially first ray philosophy of the Vedanta of which he became an active exponent without categorizing or labeling his teaching. At Krishnamurti’s stage of development, however, the influence of the monadic ray would also become a factor, and one could debate whether the monadic quality was the first, or whether the subray of the monad was the first. Before jumping to conclusions, must be remembered in this regard, that the Buddha expressed His second ray along the wisdom line (and hence upon the first sub-aspect of the second ray), however, the Buddha was a third ray monad. The change in the quality of Krishnamurti’s teaching was obviously towards a more first ray coloring, but caution must be used in assigning the source of that quality.          

The chart is rich is fourth ray potentials as well. The Sun and fourth ray Mercury are placed in fourth ray Taurus; Saturn and Uranus are found in fourth ray Scorpio; and the fourth ray Moon is place in Sagittarius (with its own fourth ray component). This would be an important ray for Krishnamurti, given his initiatory process and life purpose. Undergoing the fourth initiation requires the use of the fourth ray, the ray which “rules” this initiation. As well, every Arhat must contact the fourth kingdom (humanity) in a new, constructive and liberating way. Obviously, by numerical resonance, one can more easily relate to the fourth kingdom as a whole, if the fourth ray is present. This ray may well be influential in Krishnamurti’s personality and/or lower mind, and certainly he employed it in his essentially intuitive and buddhi approach—for the plane of buddhi or of intuition is the fourth. Buddhi Mercury in Taurus and the Moon in Sagittarius (on of the intuitive signs) would certainly enhance the power of the intuition.   

From a planetary perspective, transformative Uranus is powerful as the exoteric ruler of the Aquarian Ascendant, and Uranus is placed in the ninth house. Krishnamurti did, in fact, cause a revolution (Uranus) in higher thought (ninth house) and in philosophical perception. Uranus is found in destructive and transformational Scorpio, and opposed to the ‘seeing’ Sun in Taurus. This is a very strong and powerfully first ray aspect because of the Vulcan rulership of Taurus and the Pluto rulership of Scorpio. It was not to be expected that Krishnamurti would simply “go along” placidly (initial Taurus) with his early education. He would think for himself and cause a dramatic disturbance (even a revolution) within the Theosophical Society.          

Saturn, too, is placed in Scorpio in the ninth house, so he squarely faced (Saturn) what he perceived to be illusions of thought and then did all he could to transform them (Uranus). He purpose was to evoke the emergence of light (Taurus and Vulcan), the intuitive illumination of the mind. The exoteric ruler of Taurus is Venus in Gemini (of which Venus is the esoteric ruler). This placement relates to the use of the antahkarana, the “rainbow bridge” which connects the personal consciousness with the vaster, intuitive and impersonal awareness of the Spiritual Triad. The placement of Venus in the fifth house of “causal expression” (wherefrom the accumulated qualities and faculties of the causal body are accessed and revealed), shows that he could easily draw information and content (Gemini) from his own “treasury” (the causal body), for Venus symbolizes this vehicle and the accumulated personal/transpersonal knowledge which there resides.

Jupiter (the esoteric ruler of the Aquarian Ascendant) is an important planet, conjunct Venus (and thus indicating an abundance of soul gifts) and conjunct Mars—Jupiter and Mars being in Cancer. Jupiter is placed at just about the midpoint between Venus and Mars. Jupiter is the planet of wisdom and distributes the second ray. These three together suggest as relationship between the solar plexus center (Mars), the heart center (Jupiter) and the ajna center (Venus). It is clear that Krishnamurti was in individual with deep and sometimes disturbing emotions, but this agitation was lifted up into the light and love of wisdom, represented by Jupiter and Venus. Interestingly, it is said that the problem of sex (and let us note that these planets are found in the fifth house) is solved at the fourth initiation. Certainly, Venus and Mars are the archetypal female and male—Venus in the sign of the “angels” and Mars in a sign associated with the lunar lords. The conflict is present (for the fourth ray is strong in Krishnamurti) and it is resolved by a fulfilled wisdom (second ray Jupiter in Cancer).With Jupiter in the position of is exaltation, there is always a fulfillment to be experienced. This fulfillment can be of the form or of consciousness. These three planets have much to do with Krishnamurti’s work as an educator—of the “younger generation”—fifth house.     

With respect to this fifth house, it is a major field of self-reliance, and points to the authenticity of Krishnamurti’s later teachings—derived and expressed not from doctrine, but from his own resources of consciousness.         

The Venus opposition to the Sagittarian Moon is worth noting, for it places the symbol of the soul, Venus, in opposition to the symbol of the lunar lords (the Moon) which, interestingly, is placed in the sign rules the Creative Hierarchy of Lunar Lords. In this opposition we see a re-accentuation of the soul/personality contrast to be seen in Venus and Mars. Mars and the Moon are, from certain perspectives, equivalents, and both are closely related to the irrational lunar vehicles. Venus redeems the Moon, just as the “angel” (Gemini) redeems the “animal” (Sagittarius). The lunar lords must be completely conquered at the fourth initiation, and this Venus opposition to the major symbol of these lords is a factor in the conquest. The mediated relationship between Venus and Mars is another.     

The Neptune/Pluto conjunction (found in the charts of a number of Nazis born at the same period, and used to perpetrate illusion and bring about the death of true thought, are here used to destroy the foundations (fourth house) of illusion. Glamor and illusion combine to create the prison in which the modern human being is enmeshed. This inherently destructive combination destroys (Pluto) and dissolves (Neptune) old thoughtforms, and clears the way for new perceptions of truth related to Krishnamurti’s revolutionary Uranus in the house of higher thought.          

For an initiate of the third degree in process of becoming an Arhat of the fourth degree, hierarchical rulers may be seen as important. The Sagittarian Moon is the hierarchical ruler of the Aquarian Ascendant, emphasizing the need, at the fourth degree, to completely subdue the Moon (ruled by the number four), so that all four of the lunar vehicles can become instruments for the expression of the threefold Triad and their source, the monad.    

The star aspects are also worth noting though it is not possible to enter in detail all interesting factors in relation to this chart. Buddhic, reasoning Mercury is indeed conjunct the star Alcyone, “the Star of the Individual”, accounting, at least partially, for the major theme of independence which resounds in Krishnamurti’s teaching.  Mars is conjunct Sirius (the “Scorcher”) contributing to some of his fiery, purificatory experiences. Jupiter (the esoteric ruler of the Ascendant) is conjunct Mirzam (the “Announcer”), magnifying the awakening effect of his message. His powerful Uranus is closely conjunct to Zuben Elschamali, which has been called the star of “Negative Social Reform”, emphasizing that attempts at reformation are undertaken without consultation or without regard for the needs of society. When one thinks of the shocking effect of his teaching (especially upon Theosophists) this star position seems to have significance. However, the Ascendant is parallel within one minute of arc of a companion star in Libra, Zuben Elgenubi, the star of “Positive Social Reform”, balancing the picture. That Krishnamurti was interested in reform, and especially of consciousness, is undisputed. There are other interesting star positions which bear examination.      

It is tempting to take an exhaustive approach to this chart, which, unfortunately is beyond the scope and purpose of this present volume of Tapestry. For those who are interested in a fine astrological analysis of Krishnamurti and his life process, we would recommend the excellent work of the astrologer Phillip Lindsay, who has entered these matters in great depth. See “The Initiations of Krishnamurti: An Astrological Biography”.

Krishnamurti used both the first and second rays to help create the new, Aquarian human being. He applied great will and wisdom to accomplish an essentially Aquarian transformation.


A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.

Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.

Hitler and Mussolini were only the primary spokesmen for the attitude of domination and craving for power that are in the heart of almost everyone. Until the source is cleared, there will always be confusion and hate, wars and class antagonisms.

In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.

There is no need to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.

When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely - the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears- when you give your whole attention to it.

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life.

There is no end to relationship. There may be the end of a particular relationship, but relationship can never end to be is to be related.

The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time.

Meditation is to find out if there is a field which is not already contaminated by the known

You may learn to pass all your exams, but to give primary importance to these superficial things when the whole structure of society is crumbling, is like cleaning and polishing your fingernails while the house is burning down.

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.

If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.


East Indian teacher and religious leader, a philosopher and metaphysician from his youth. Krishnamurti obtained world recognition as a spiritual teacher and lectured to groups as diverse as the U.N. delegates, diplomats, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and to people all over the world. Breaking with the Theosophical Society in 1929, Krishnamurti preached a doctrine of independent salvation by right conduct. His headquarters remained in Ojai, California but he opened teaching centers in India, England, Ojai and Switzerland. He wrote many works sharing his ideas with anyone who wanted to listen.

Krishnamurti's father was an ardent follower of the Theosophical Society, a religious organization presided over by Annie Besant. The society was a mixture of Buddhism and Indian Brahmanism traditions. While still a boy, Krishnamurti was singled out as the new Avatar by the Theosophical Society. Besant legally adopted him and raised him as her own son. With his younger brother Nityananda, Krishnamurti traveled all over the world, especially throughout Europe meeting important members of the Theosophical Society. News organizations spotlighted the young savior in his travels. On 1/11/1911, Annie Besant founded the Order of the Star in the East with Krishnamurti as the official head.  When his application to attend Oxford University was rejected in 1913 and he was denied entrance to London University, private tutors were hired to instruct the young man. In 1921, a wealthy Dutch Theosophist Baron van Pallandt placed his estate in Krishnamurti's hands. 

His brother contacted tuberculosis and Krishnamurti looked for a cure. In 1922, the brothers and Besant arrived in Ojai CA, believing the warm dry air would help Nityananda Krishnamurti. It is written that Krishnamurti experienced a kundalini awakening in August 1922. Three years later, he lost his brother to tuberculosis. In August 1929, Krishnamurti rebelled,  breaking with the Theosophical Society and publicly renouncing all claims about his quasi-divinity. He spent the rest of his life writing and giving lectures on his philosophy of self-reliance and awareness. The world media continued to try to label him as a kind of guru, no matter how much he denied the charge. He felt that people hungered for God figures and were willing to do anything to conjure one up, that truth could only be discovered inside oneself by oneself and that organized religion advocated the fear mentality to remain in control of people.

Krishnamurti captivated others with his personal charm and playful personality.  He enjoyed singing comic songs and telling funny stories to his friends.  He was an avid reader and enjoyed thrillers and detective novels as well as reading the Old Testament. Some spread rumors that Krishnamurti had romantic involvements all over the world, another claim which he strongly denied. In his later life, he traveled with his friend and associate, Mary Zimbalist as he stayed four months in India, four months in England and four months in Ojai, California.  During WW II, he stayed on his Ojai property. He preferred to stay clear of political discussions and was an ardent anti-Communist.

At 12:10 am on Monday 2/17/1986, Krishnamurti died of liver cancer, 90 years old.

The extraordinary story of Krishnamurti, hailed early in life as the messiah for the twentieth century, is a tale of mysticism, sexual scandals, religious fervour and chicanery, out of which emerged one the most influential thinkers of modern times.

Krishnamurti was "discovered" as a young boy on a beach in India by members of the Theosophical Society who were convinced that they had found the new World Leader, a spiritual saviour who would be as historic and influential as the Buddha or Jesus. By the 1920's he was attracting worldwide press attention and idealists, spiritual adventurers, progressive politicians, intellectuals and romantics alike flocked to his talks in their thousands, eager to embrace a new Christ from the Orient.

Then in 1925 Krishnamurti experienced a mysterious spiritual awakening while en route to India from America. And in 1929, in a dramatic act of renunciation he bewildered his thousands of disciples by abandoning the Theosophical Society that had moulded him, setting out on a teaching mission of his own, as a secular philosopher of spirituality with no affiliation to sects or dogmas.

For more than sixty years Jiddu Krishnamurti traveled the world giving public talks and private interviews to millions of people of all ages and backgrounds, saying that only through a complete change in the hearts and minds of individuals can there come about a change in society and peace in the world. He was born in Mandanapalle, South India on May 12, 1895 and died on February 17, 1986 in Ojai, California, at the age of ninety. His talks, dialogues, journals and letters have been preserved in over seventy books and in hundreds of audio and video recordings.

Jiddu Krishnamurti biography

As early as 1889 Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, had told certain of her students that the purpose of Theosophy was to prepare humanity for the coming of the Lord Maitreya, the World Teacher for the Aquarian Age. After Blavatsky's death, Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater considered it their task to carry on this work, part of which was the preparation of a disciple who would serve as a vehicle for the Teacher when He came.

In 1909 at Adyar, India, Leadbeater discovered a boy, who had been born into an high-caste brahmin family, whose aura he judged to be completely free of selfishness. Annie Besant also met this boy and proclaimed him an incarnation of Maitreya, the messianic Buddha.

This boy was Jiddu Krishnamurti, who was then 13 years old. Adopted by Besant and Leadbeater, he received intensive training, then 10 years of schooling in England. People in many countries were informed of his future role. At the age of 27, Krishnamurti had a personal vision which convinced him that the consciousness of Maitreya was beginning to overshadow him. Theosophists throughout the world had been waiting for this development. Annie Besant traveled (1926-27) in England and the United States with her protégé Jiddu Krishnamurti, whom she announced as the new Messiah.
In 1929, following this two-year tour Krishnamurti himself rejected these claims that he was to be regarded as a World Teacher, and dissolved the World Order of the Star, a religious organization he had founded in 1911. At this point it numbered 60,000 members, managed huge sums of money, and owned tracts of land throughout the world, many designated for Krishnamurti's future work. He was then 34 years old.
Krishnamurti also renounced his association with the Theosophical Society, declaring: "I do not want followers. My only concern is to set men absolutely, unconditionally free." He spent the rest of his years teaching humanity how to achieve that freedom.

He retained some connection with the theosophical movement, however, and continued an active career of lecturing and writing. He finally settled in Ojai, Calif., where from 1969 he headed the Krishnamurti Foundation. His writings include Commentaries on Living (1956-60), Freedom from the Known (1969), The First and Last Freedom (1975), Life in Freedom (1986), and Think on These Things (1989).


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