Law of Attraction, Part 16: Annie Besant and the Maitreya

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The leadership of the Theosophical Society, which disseminated the teachings of the 19th century occult movement “Theosophy,” had established its Eastern branch in India, but some of the locals did not appreciate the Society’s presence nor what they saw as the brazen attempt to link the Theosophical teachings of their secret Masters, or “Mahatmas,” to India’s Aryan and post-Aryan religious tradition. These Secret Masters were depicted as supermen who directed the world affairs from the underground cities under the Himalayas, as explained in Blavatsky’s magnum opus, “The Secret Doctrine”. The Brahmins largely objected to the Theosophists and considered “The Secret Doctrine,” provocative and blasphemous. Yet there were a few Brahmins who were attracted to the teaching of Theosophy, which allowed enough support to build the Theosophical Society headquarters in Adyar.

Theosophy concerns itself with the teachings of certain “Mahatmas” who allegedly form a hierarchal organization called “The Great White Lodge,” or “Brotherhood.” The most important theme in the doctrines by these Mahatmas, claimed by the Theosophists as the ‘divine wisdom’ of the Gods, is the Spiritual Evolution of Humanity which is accomplished thru the modality of multiple “rounds” or cycles of reincarnation at various points in the planetary system, forming a Great Chain of Being, allocated and adjudicated by the lords of karma who register the actions of humans – all as part of the ‘Divine Plan’.

Annie Besant

Annie Besant had converted to Theosophy after meeting Helena Blavatsky in 1887. After reading Blavatsky’s “Secret Doctrine”, Besant became Blavatsky’s principle disciple and trusted friend, with Blavatsky eventually handpicking Besant as her successor. After Blavatsky’s death, an acrimonious power struggle ensued that resulted in a schism breaking the Theosophical Society into two main divisions, which saw Besant moving to India to head the Eastern branch in Adyar. Besant was a prolific author and persuasive orator, and who had for many years prophesized the return of the World Teacher, the Maiterya, who would lead humanity into freedom.

Assisting Besant was fellow Theosophist and occultist, Charles Webster Leadbeater, a close associate of Blavatsky and member of the small circle of beings claiming they either spoke with or witnessed the Mahatmas in person. Leabeater had taken the Mahatma’s seriously and was looking for a child that the Mahatmas said would be the “vessel” of the World Teacher. One day as Leadbeater was strolling on the private beach on the Theosophical Society grounds, he happened to cross two young boys, brothers, sitting in the sand. The eldest was Jiddu Krishnamurti, born into a Brahmin family in 1895. His father was a theosophist living on the property of the Theosophical Society. Leadbeater was convinced this young boy would be the vessel of the Maitreya. Soon, Besant was convinced as well, especially after the Mahatmas verified that the boy was indeed the vessel.

Besant now took over the affairs of Jiddu Krisnhamurti and his brother Nityananda, having them educated in India and England in the finest schools under the auspices of the Theosophical Society. The Order of the Star was established as a vehicle to proclaim Krishnamurti as the prophet of the World Teacher. But years later after the sudden death of his sickly, younger brother (whom the Mahatmas repeatedly assured Jiddu his brother would survive), a grieving Krishnamurti, now a adult, disbanded the Order and renounced the World Teacher project, effectively breaking away from the Theosophists although he remained close with Besant until her death. The Mahatmas were discredited and the Theosophical Society would never fully recover its the prestige of its former stature.

 

J-Krishnamurti

“I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti.

During his life, Jiddu Krishnamurti was not above using his profile to become a well-travelled lecturer and an influential writer. Krishnamurti focused on relationships, the nature of consciousness, calling for a mental revolution of the mind of human beings, insisting that the religious, political and economic authorities have failed their promises, causing nothing but discord and suffering. Krishnamurti spoke about the necessity of gaining freedom from the tyranny of one’s own ego, inclinations and habits. Since human beings were conditioned from birth by society – the “true religion” according to Krishnamurti, was to be able to “think with a clear, polished mind.” According to Krishnamurti, a mind that is not “clear” leads to diminishment and fear. Stilling the mind would lead to clear observation and salvation in observing correctly, the truth.

Krishnamurti advised meditation and celibacy along with finding a different quality of mind through clearing hidden patterns and compulsions. Critics of Krishnamurti complained that he lived a posh, luxurious life of fancy cars, tailored suits and lavish homes, his lifestyle supported entirely by wealthy patrons over his life, living up to his nickname as “The Rich Man’s Philosopher.” He didn’t seem concerned about the common people as previous Indian leaders like Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Gandhi. Rumours and accusations that the self-proclaimed celibate had engaged in sexual affairs with the wife of his best friend were indications that Krishnamurti lived a double life and didn’t follow what he told others to do.The philosophy of Krishnamurti may be somewhat outside the scope of traditional Hinduism, but his philosophy still contained Brahmin consciousness. The ancient Hindu trait of giving preeminence to consciousness, is fully supported and elaborated by Krishnamurti in his works. Krishnamurti was trained to believe that his words would have an effect on the world. He remains one of the most influential thinkers India has ever produced, his books still can be found in student dorm rooms, cafes or on bookshelves of those interested in Eastern philosophy. But as he approached the end of his life, nothing of the words that Krishnamurti spoke or written had managed to change anything in the world. Jiddu Krishnamurti was left to bitterly complain that no one had understood a word he said. The Maitreya that the Theosophists and the Mahatmas had claimed to appear on earth to liberate humanity, remains a prophecy unfulfilled. According to the Law of Attraction, a clear mind that specifically and intently focuses on a desired result, will magnetically attract to you what you desire.

 

Next: The Gurus of the 20th Century

 

Sources

Krishnamurti: The Years of Awakening,”Mary Luytens

Jiddu Krishnamurti. (2010, February 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:18, February 4, 2010, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?tit … =341774605

The Intrigue of the Possible by Robert A. Mayer, AuthorHouse. 2007

Socio-religious reform movements in British India, Volume 3 By Kenneth W. Jones, Cambridge University Press.

Annie Besant, Heretic,” aritcle, Jone Johnson Lewis

Stripping the Gurus” by Geoffrey D. Falk.

The Life and Death of Krishnamurti” by Mary Lutyens,

Hindu Spirituality: Postclassical and Modern,” K. R. Sundararajan, Bithika Mukerji

Theosophy: History of a Pseudo-religion by René Guénon,Alvin Moore, Jr. Sophia Perrennis, 2001

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