(Spiritual leader & author)
On 14 December 1925, Baba commented on the recent announcement, given in the newspapers, by Dr. Annie Besant, the head of the Theosophical Society, of the coming of a "New World Teacher," similar to Christ, in the form of her young protégé, J. Krishnamurti.
It is all humbug. The Theosophists, including Mrs. Besant and Krishnamurti, do not have even a whiff of the Truth. They say that the spirit of the World Teacher will manifest itself through the medium of this boy in the world, and that the chief "wire-puller" of this show is supposed to be somewhere in the Himalayas.
There is nothing but dust and stones in those mountains. Real teachers like Buddha, Krishna, Christ, and Zoroaster never kept themselves perched on heights or lost in jungles. They mixed freely with those for whose upliftment they worked. In spite of their unthinkable and unimaginable states of exaltation, they brought themselves down to the lowest levels of their surroundings and students.
Similarly, not a single Spiritual Master of the world who appeared under whatever external label ever required a "vehicle" save his own physical body. If this "vehicle" of the coming "World Teacher" dies within a year, let us see how Mrs. Besant takes it.
Baba concluded by stating, "Really speaking, this false note (Krishnamurti) is also not without meaning. On the contrary, it is the result of My own multifarious working and it is clearing away the path for My own manifestation.
|For some days, there had been much discussion about the Theosophical Society, headed by Annie Besant, and about Krishnamurti, who was being promoted by her as the "New World Teacher." On 26 June 1926, Baba remarked to some Theosophist visitors, who had come for darshan, "Be always in search of Truth-real Truth — wherever it is found without any caste distinction or prejudice. Control your passions, renounce maya and create a longing to see the Almighty."
After they left, Baba commented about Theosophy:
A time will come when the world will bow to those on whom My nazar will fall.
They came here (for darshan) and that is good for them. But Krishnamurti, a New World Teacher? God forbid! Compare Ramakrishna (of Calcutta) with Krishnamurti. Krishnamurti is living in all majesty and splendor, pomp and power, and moving about England in aristocratic, fashionable circles, playing tennis and golf, leading a most comfortable life. He does not have the slightest idea — not even a wisp — of the Real Truth.
So it is also with these fussy, showy Theosophists. Their greatness lies only in editorship — writing and speaking with high-sounding words about planes, powers, colors, society, and creed — in a superficial knowledge of the shadow of Truth, and in behaving and making others believe in the greatness of themselves and none other. Truth is far, far beyond this.
Baba smiled, and then remarked:
Yes, there is Krishnamurti, Mrs. Besant's protégé. The Theosophists deceive themselves. Their chief wire-pullers are supposed to be somewhere on the Himalayas in Tibet. You will find nothing there but dust and stones. Besides, no real Spiritual Master ever required someone else's body for his own use. Such thinking is ridiculous!
Krishnamurti, a New World Teacher? God forbid!
You cannot compare the Sadguru Ramakrishna of Calcutta with Krishnamurti. Ramakrishna was Rama and Krishna personified! Krishnamurti is living in all majesty and splendor, pomp and power, and moving about England in aristocratic, fashionable circles, playing tennis and golf, leading a most comfortable life. He does not have the slightest idea – not even a wisp – of the Real Truth.
Baba quoted a couplet from Hafiz and explained its meaning: If you desire to aspire for Realization, you should hold your very life in the palm of your hand, ready to give it up at any moment! Then alone will you be deemed worthy and be able to experience Truth.
"The world teacher of Mrs. Besant" refers to J. Krishnamurti, who was hailed as such by Dr. Annie Besant and the Theosophists, but about whom, Baba later commented: "It is all humbug. The Theosophists, including Mrs. Besant and Krishnamurti, do not have even a whiff of the Truth."
Max had been a regular contributor to the Theosophical Messenger magazine, and had traveled throughout India with Krishnamurti, Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater. He asked Baba about Krishnamurti, and Baba commented, "He is not as advanced as some think. He does good and will come to Me one day."
Max replied, "Yes, he needs Your help."
"I will help him advance on the Path," Baba assured him.
When he was young, Krishnamurti had been acclaimed by the Theosophists to be the modern Messiah; however, he was not self-deluded and renounced all such divine claims. During September of 1931, Malcolm wrote to Krishnamurti, informing him of Baba's visit to America. Krishnamurti wrote back from Holland on 1 October, expressing his gratitude to Malcolm and that he would very much like to meet Meher Baba in America. He also conveyed his greetings to Baba.
On 6th November 1931, at New York Meher Baba said about Shri Krishnamurthy, “He is good and will come to Me one day. I will help him advance on the path. Krishnamurthy possess great possibilities within himself. He is on the right path but he will not fulfil himself or become truly great as long as he does not visit Me.”
After Baba Had left America in 1931, Malcolm had sent the young Indian Theosophist Guru Krishnamurti several press clippings about Baba’s visit, suggesting that him to write directly to Baba in India.
Krishnamurti replied from Ojai, California, on 18 March 1932:
It is very good of you to have sent me newspaper clippings regarding Meher Baba. I do not see how I can write to Him as I have nothing to say to Him, but I hope I shall meet Him some time, either in India or in Europe. I hope you understand that it is not rudeness on my part not to correspond with Him, but I really have nothing to say. After meeting in person, perhaps we can correspond with each other.