Tuesday, December 28, 2021



Dr Annie Besant ( 1847-1933) and Jiddu Krishnamurti ( 1895-1986)

In December 1933, after Dr. Besant had passed away and at the end of the Theosophical Convention, Jiddu Krishnamurti was invited to speak at the Theosophical Society in Adyar. At the end of one of his talks someone asked him this question :- 

“ The one regret of Dr. Annie Besant is said to have been the fact that you failed to rise to her expectations of you as the World Teacher. Some of us frankly share that regret and that sense of disappointment, and feel that it is not altogether without some justification. Have you anything to say?"

 And this was the reply of Jiddu Krishnamurti :- 

“ Nothing, Sirs. When I say Nothing,, I mean nothing to relieve your disappointment or Dr Besant’s disappointment- if she was disappointed, for she often expressed to me the contrary. I am not here to justify myself; I am not interested in justifying myself. The question is, why are you disappointed if you are? You had thought to put me in a certain cage and since I did not fit into that cage, naturally you are disappointed. You had a preconceived idea of what I should do, what I should say, what I should think………… Your disappointment is based not on thought, not on intelligence, not on deep affection, but on some image of your own making, however false it may be. You will find a body of people who will tell you that I have disappointed them, and they will create a body of opinions holding that I have failed. But in a hundred years’ time, I don’t think it will matter much whether you are disappointed or not. Truth, of which I speak, will remain- not your fantasies or your disappointments.” 

( Avtar Mota )

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