J. Krishnamurti was “discovered” by Theosophist, Annie Besant when she saw him on a beach in Chennai. Theosophists believed that two World Teachers had come before – Buddha and Jesus. The third was to arrive. J. Krishnamurti was the third. So they thought. He was taken away from his parents and made to go through an education in Oxford. There he didn’t do remarkably well in studies. In fact, it is said, he failed most subjects. However, he had a razor sharp intellect in another dimension.
He was made the Head of the Order of the Star by the Theosophists. Had thousands of followers, some who would bequeath expensive gifts to him as well. But then suddenly, on August 2, 1929, the “Third World Teacher” of the Theosophists dissolved the very Order that he was to lead. At that occasion, he gave a speech, which in many ways is a path-breaking one.
Included in his speech is this:
"...remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of Truth,” said the devil. “That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I am going to help him organize it."
Below is the full text of the talk he gave on that occasion:
The book to read by Krishnamurti is:
"At the Feet of the Master"
by Jiddu Krishnamurti
April 29, 2009
available via Amazon.com