The Myth and the Mystery

1890 - 1894
1890

350 Sioux massacred at
Wounded Knee by U.S. troops

Leadbeater meets Besant

Global influenza epidemic

Rubber gloves used at John’s Hopkins Hospital for the first time

1891

Construction of
Trans Siberian railway begins

Blavatsky dies

Ibsen: “Hedda Gabler”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Herman Melville (Moby Dick) dies

Gaugin moves to Tahiti

H.S. Olcott: Old Diary Leaves

Eugene Dubois finds skull of Java Man

1892

Ellis Island Office of Immigration opens

Debussy: “Afternoon of a Faun”

‘Gentleman Jim’ Corbett wins heavy
weight boxing title againist John Sullivan

1893

U.S. annexes Hawaii –
Queen Liliuokalani deposed

Besant comes to India

Questioner: Since the Masters founded the Theosophical Society, how can you say that spiritual societies are a hindrance to man’s understanding? Or does this not apply to the Theosophical Society?

Krishnamurti: That is what every society, sect, or religious body declares. Roman Catholics have maintained for centuries that they are the direct representatives of the Christ. And other religious sects have similar assertions, only they use different names. Either their teaching is inherently true in itself, and so does not need the support of any authority, however great it is; or it can stand only because of authority. If it stands on any authority, whether of the Buddha, the Christ, or the Masters, then it has no significance. Then it merely becomes the means of exploiting people through their fears. This is constantly happening the world over: the use of authority to coerce people through their fear – which is called love or respect for a particular form of activity – or to found a religious organization. And you who want happiness, security, follow without thought and are exploited. You do not question the whole conception of authority. You submit yourself to authority, to exploitation, thinking that it will lead you to reality; but only greater confusion and misery await you. This question of authority is so subtle that the individual deceives himself by saying that it is his own voluntary choice to submit himself to a particular form of belief or action. Where there is want, there must be fear and the creation of authority with its cruelties and exploitation.

Krishnamurti – Public Talk 6, Ojai, California, 10 May 1936

1894

Edison invents kinetoscope
(motion picture machine)

Olcott establishes free school
for untouchables in India

Sidney and Beatrice Webb: The History of Trade Unionism

Annie Besant founded the Central Hindu College in 1898 and continued to devote herself to political work for India. In 1917 she became president of the Indian National Congress. Throughout her life she worked tirelessly for Indian independence.

Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847-1934) was a curate of the Church of England. He, too, was drawn to Blavatsky and joined the Theosophical Society in 1883, going with her to Adyar, India, the following year. After a stay of some five years he returned to England.
It was there that he met Annie Besant and they formed a close association. He and Besant worked closely together and seemed to compliment each other as Olcott and Blavatsky had done years earlier. They co-authored several books, delving into psychic phenomena and investigating past lives.

C.W. Leadbeater had moved to India and was now living at Adyar, the Theosophical headquarters near Madras. Each day, he would stroll with a group of friends along the beach on the Bay of Bengal. It was there that the young Jiddu Krishnamurti was discovered.

Rare footage of CW Leadbeater, Annie Besant and Krishnamurti from the mid 1920’s before the dissolution of The Order of the Star – found in the archives of The International Theosophical Centre, Naarden, Netherlands.

“The earth was waiting for the dawn and the coming day. There was expectation, patience and a strange stillness. Meditation went on with that stillness and that stillness was love; it was not the love of something or of someone, the image and the symbol, the word and the pictures.

It was simply love, without sentiment, without feeling. It was something complete in itself, naked, intense, without root and direction.

…Being naked it was utterly vulnerable and so indestructible. It had that unapproachable strength of that otherness, the unknowable, which was coming through the trees and beyond the sea.”

1890

350 Sioux massacred at
Wounded Knee by U.S. troops

Leadbeater meets Besant

Global influenza epidemic

Rubber gloves used at John’s Hopkins Hospital for the first time

Annie Besant founded the Central Hindu College in 1898 and continued to devote herself to political work for India. In 1917 she became president of the Indian National Congress. Throughout her life she worked tirelessly for Indian independence.

1891

Construction of
Trans Siberian railway begins

Blavatsky dies

Ibsen: “Hedda Gabler”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Herman Melville (Moby Dick) dies

Gaugin moves to Tahiti

H.S. Olcott: Old Diary Leaves

Eugene Dubois finds skull of Java Man

Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847-1934) was a curate of the Church of England. He, too, was drawn to Blavatsky and joined the Theosophical Society in 1883, going with her to Adyar, India, the following year. After a stay of some five years he returned to England.
It was there that he met Annie Besant and they formed a close association. He and Besant worked closely together and seemed to compliment each other as Olcott and Blavatsky had done years earlier. They co-authored several books, delving into psychic phenomena and investigating past lives.

1892

Ellis Island Office of Immigration opens

Debussy: “Afternoon of a Faun”

‘Gentleman Jim’ Corbett wins heavy
weight boxing title againist John Sullivan

C.W. Leadbeater had moved to India and was now living at Adyar, the Theosophical headquarters near Madras. Each day, he would stroll with a group of friends along the beach on the Bay of Bengal. It was there that the young Jiddu Krishnamurti was discovered.

Rare footage of CW Leadbeater, Annie Besant and Krishnamurti from the mid 1920’s before the dissolution of The Order of the Star – found in the archives of The International Theosophical Centre, Naarden, Netherlands.

1893

U.S. annexes Hawaii –
Queen Liliuokalani deposed

Besant comes to India

Questioner: Since the Masters founded the Theosophical Society, how can you say that spiritual societies are a hindrance to man’s understanding? Or does this not apply to the Theosophical Society?

Krishnamurti: That is what every society, sect, or religious body declares. Roman Catholics have maintained for centuries that they are the direct representatives of the Christ. And other religious sects have similar assertions, only they use different names. Either their teaching is inherently true in itself, and so does not need the support of any authority, however great it is; or it can stand only because of authority. If it stands on any authority, whether of the Buddha, the Christ, or the Masters, then it has no significance. Then it merely becomes the means of exploiting people through their fears. This is constantly happening the world over: the use of authority to coerce people through their fear – which is called love or respect for a particular form of activity – or to found a religious organization. And you who want happiness, security, follow without thought and are exploited. You do not question the whole conception of authority. You submit yourself to authority, to exploitation, thinking that it will lead you to reality; but only greater confusion and misery await you. This question of authority is so subtle that the individual deceives himself by saying that it is his own voluntary choice to submit himself to a particular form of belief or action. Where there is want, there must be fear and the creation of authority with its cruelties and exploitation.

Krishnamurti – Public Talk 6, Ojai, California, 10 May 1936

1894

Edison invents kinetoscope
(motion picture machine)

Olcott establishes free school
for untouchables in India

Sidney and Beatrice Webb: The History of Trade Unionism

“The earth was waiting for the dawn and the coming day. There was expectation, patience and a strange stillness. Meditation went on with that stillness and that stillness was love; it was not the love of something or of someone, the image and the symbol, the word and the pictures.

It was simply love, without sentiment, without feeling. It was something complete in itself, naked, intense, without root and direction.

…Being naked it was utterly vulnerable and so indestructible. It had that unapproachable strength of that otherness, the unknowable, which was coming through the trees and beyond the sea.”

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