Nearly everyone I know has suffered the discontent of having someone else decide what they should be when they grow up. If you’re among them, Jiddu Krisjnamurti’s early life story may seem all too familiar, but if you’ve been listening to your spirit guides, his later decisions about the trajectory of his life will resonate with you, too.
Krishnamurti was born in India in the last decade of the 19th century. He was an unremarkable grade school student until the age of eight, when he was discovered by Liberal Catholic bishop and Theosophical author C.W. Leadbetter on the grounds of his Theosophical Society (the boy lived next door), deemed exceptional, and thenceforth raised and groomed to become the next Great World Teacher to guide the evolution of humankind.
But as Krishnamurti grew and gained exposure to other lands, peoples, and experiences, he grew dissatisfied with the role he had been tapped to fill. He didn’t want to become a teacher; he wanted to remain a seeker. He found his fulfillment asking himself questions about his internal dialogues and soliloquies and, realizing his biases, he understood that each of us is responsible for our own education and intellectual and spiritual development.
So, he eventually severed ties with the Leadbetter’s Theosophical Society and dashed wholeheartedly into a discipline (self-knowledge) that would indeed make him a teacher, but this time on his own terms.