Teachings of J. Krishnamurti:
most impressive thing I have listened to. It was like listening to a
discourse of the Buddha - such power, such intrinsic authority
-Aldous Huxley after attending one of K's lectures.
Lord Buddha - J Krishnamurti
K had deep reverence
and gratitude for the Buddha and this has clearly been documented in
the books/biographies authored by Pupul Jayakar, Mary Lutyens and Susunaga
Weeraperuma who were people close to K.
a small passage out of ''the Gospel of Buddha'' in meditation each morning.
He is indeed a devotee, and the very sound of the name of the Lord Buddha,
seems almost to make him tremble with a feeling of utmost worship.''
biography of K, Pg 64.
He was reading aloud
to the de Manziarlys The Buddha's Way of Virtue and was so struck by
one passage that he copied it out for Lady Emily: "All conquering
and all knowing am I, detached, untainted, untrammeled, wholly freed
by destruction of desire. Whom shall I call Teacher ? Myself found the
-Pg 126, biography
of K by Mary Lutyens VOL I.
They all went into
K's tower at eight every morning for half an hour's meditation before
breakfast; K would then read aloud to them a passage from The Gospel
According to Buddha.
-Pg 208, biography
of K by
"Another peculiar thing in all this is that K has always been attracted to the Buddha."
-K, Pg 228, biography
of K by Mary Lutyens (VOL II-the years of fulfillment)
-Asit Chandmal in
his picture book 'A thousand Suns' mentions an anecdote where K says
that he would leave everything to go and hear the Buddha if he were
to come and sermonise at Sarnath.
-The book 'Lives
of Alcyone' by CW Leadbeater (Theosophical Society) which supposedly
chronicles the previous lives of J Krishnamurti mentions that K was
a monk in the Sangha of the Buddha in 2 previous lives. K took robes
and learnt Dhamma at the feet of Lord Buddha.
-When K visited
Bodhgaya with Annie Besant (then president of the Theosophical Society)
K pointed out to her that he remembered the place as he had been at
this place in his previous births as a monk-a part of the Buddha Sangha.
-K talked about
the mango groves in the Rajghat Varanasi area as the place where the
Buddha rested before sermonising the Dhammachakkapavattana sutta
at Sarnath. K also pointed out a particular place where Buddha used
to rest after His meals. Dr Parchure, the physician to K later fixed
a concrete slab at that spot. This place can be seen at 'Us Paar' in
the Rajghat Fort-Varanasi area within the premises of KFI-Rajghat.
'Are there people
who have drunk the waters and will carry on?' I would go to someone
who had known him and through them get a feeling of what he was like.
I would walk many miles to talk to someone who had been with him: 'You
have drunk the waters, what is it like ?' [He had said much the same
thing, referring to the Buddha, at the meeting of the Foundation at
Ojai in 1977.]
"I could feel
the vibration of the Lord Buddha..."
own account of the pepper tree experience in ojai as quoted in 'The
years of awakening' by Mary Lutyens Avon books USA 1991. Page 169.
''....and in my
heart there has been a continual thought of Lord Buddha. I was in such
a state that I had to sit down and meditate......''
-Letter written by Krishnamurti as quoted in 'The years of awakening' by Mary Lutyens Avon books USA 1991 Page 125.
I sat dreaming in
a room of great silence.
I sat on the floor,
with legs crossed, meditating,
I lost the feel
of my body,
As the Eastern breeze
Looking at me,
That one look
How little it understood,
As I looked
Krishnamurti, 'The immortal friend', Ommen, Star publishing Trust 1928,
Pages 8-10 also quoted in 'J Krishnamurti' as I knew him' by Susunaga
Weeraperuma- Motilal Banarsidass- 1996, Pages 181-183.
(other sayings of K on Buddha have been quoted under different headings in this study)