Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11 May 1895 in Madanapalle, a small town in south India. He and his brother were adopted in their youth by Dr Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. Dr Besant and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be a world teacher whose coming the Theosophists had predicted. To prepare the world for this coming, a world-wide organization called the Order of the Star in the East was formed and the young Krishnamurti was made its head. In 1929, however, Krishnamurti renounced the role that he was expected to play, dissolved the Order with its huge following, and returned all the money and property that had been donated for this work. From then, for nearly sixty years until his death on 17 February 1986, he traveled throughout the world talking to large audiences and to individuals about the need for a radical change in mankind.
Krishnamurti is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday lives, of the problems of living in modern society with its violence and corruption, of the individual's search for security and happiness, and the need for mankind to free itself from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt, and sorrow. He explained with great precision the subtle workings of the human mind, and pointed to the need for bringing to our daily life a deeply meditative and spiritual quality.
Much of Krishnamurti’s work is free and downloadable through jkrishnamurti.org. This is a website that exists solely to share the teachings. It includes streaming audio and video, as well as text. Soon the website will be vastly expanded and the materials will be downloadable and searchable by key word, topic or chronology. The intent is to provide a free, authentic source of all of Krishnamurti’s work.
The Krishnamurti Foundation of America (KFA)
The Krishnamurti Foundation of America shall advance public understanding and realization of human potential by means of the study of the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, to be accomplished by:
Promoting and assisting in the dissemination of said teachings to members of the general public throughout the world.
Establishing, organizing and holding classes, lectures, courses, schools, seminars and study groups for the exploration of such teachings.
Publishing and associating in the publication of papers, periodicals, pamphlets, books, tape recordings and recordings of all other kinds promulgating said teachings.
Providing facilities for the study of said teachings.
Other charitable, scientific or educational purposes that meet the requirements for exemption provided by Section 214 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
Oak Grove School
As a part of KFA, Oak Grove School is a progressive co-educational day and boarding school serving students from preschool through college preparatory high school. We are located in beautiful Ojai, California, just north of Los Angeles, and since 1975 our unique approach to education has been a model for educators around the world. Our exceptional academic program is balanced with a rich array of extra-curricular opportunities in fine arts, digital arts, music, drama, environmental and outdoor education, athletics, community service, and travel.