The Vacant Child

1900 - 1904
1900

Montessori pioneers
new teaching methods

Puccini: Tosca
shown in Rome

Oscar Wilde dies

Nietzsche dies

Sigmund Freud publishes
Interpretation of Dreams

Boxer Rebellion in China

The Boer War

Paris Metro opens

US Navy accepts submarine

First Zeppelin

Max Planck formulates
quantum theory

“The Theosophical Society, which was founded by Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott, was really a ecumenical movement to show that all religions were equal. That was the basis of it, which most people joined.

There was also an esoteric side of it which Madame Blavatsky worked out, saying that a great hierarchical figure, called the Lord Maitreya, came to earth about every two thousand years and took the body of a human being, when they were most needed for the evolution of humanity.”

Mary Lutyens
Krishnamurti’s biographer

1901

Death of Queen Victoria

Commonwealth of Australia

Flatiron building built in New York

Enrico Fermi:
Nobel Prize, Physics

Chekhov:
“Three Sisters” – Moscow

Social Revolutionary Party

Boxer Rebellion ends

Boers begin guerilla war

McKinley assassinated

Cuba becomes U.S. protectorate

Trans-Siberian Railroad reaches Port Arthur

1902

Cadillac: founded in Detroit

The British defeat Boers
in South Africa

Georges Melies films
Voyage to the Moon

Joseph Conrad:
Heart of Darkness

End of war in Philippines;
4,200 Americans killed,
18,000 Philippines killed

Anglo-Japanese Treaty

Britain and Germany
threaten Venezuela

Beatrix Potter writes Peter Rabbit

Questioner: During the Theosophical Convention last week several leaders and admirers of Dr. Besant spoke, paying her high tributes. What is your tribute to and your opinion of that great figure who was a mother and friend to you? What was her attitude toward you through the many years of her guardianship of you and your brother, and also subsequently? Are you not grateful to her for her guidance, training, and care?

Krishnamurti: Mr. Warrington kindly asked me to speak about this matter, but I told him that I did not want to. Now don’t condemn me by using such words as “guardianship”, “gratitude”, and so on. Sirs, what can I say? Dr. Besant was our mother, she looked after us, she cared for us. But one thing she did not do. She never said to me, “Do this”, or “Don’t do that.” She left me alone. Well, in these words I have paid her the greatest tribute.

Public Talk 4, Adyar, 01 January 1934

1903

Wright Brothers:
first powered flight

Lenin leads Bolsheviks

Ford Motor Co. founded

“The Great Train Robbery” tells
first complete story in film

King & Queen of Serbia murdered

Russian Socialist Party splits

Turks massacre Bulgarians

The British conquer Nigeria

First message sent over Pacific cable

Helium discovered

Richard Steiff designs first teddy bears

1904

Russo-Japanese War ends

New York subway opens

Moscow Art Theater produces
Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”

Puccini: “Madame Butterfly”

James Barrie: “Peter Pan”

Rolls Royce Co. founded

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“It’s interesting that when Krishnamurti first asked me to write his biography, he said to me, if he was writing the biography he would start with a vacant mind; and then he went on to enlarge how he’d always had, he said, a vacant mind. And he seemed to think that the vacant mind was so much a part of him, a part of his teaching, in a way, well, part of him, I suppose. And he said it was because of the vacant mind that all he had been taught about Theosophy and all the Theosophical jargon had never taken root; it was all on the surface of his mind.”

Mary Lutyens
Krishnamurti’s biographer

Krishnamurti, his brothers at Mahabalipuram; Shivaram, Nityananda on the right and Sadanand in the back.

Photo: Ruspoli, 1910
Adyar 1900s
Adyar 1900s
Photo: Ruspoli, 1910
Photo: Herald of the Star, 1925
Leadbeater’s bungalow at Adyar

From The Young Indiana Jones television series: in the first part of this chapter, young Indiana Jones travels to India and meets young Krishnamurti and the leaders of the Theosophical Society.

“Silence grew and became intense, wider and deeper. What was outside was now inside; the brain which had listened to the silence of the hills, fields and groves was itself now silent; it no longer listened to itself; it had gone through that and had become quiet, naturally, without any enforcement.

It was still, ready to stir itself on the instant. It was still, deep within itself; like a bird that folds its wings, it had folded upon itself; it was not asleep nor lazy, but in folding upon itself, it had entered into depths which were beyond itself.

It was a dimension which the brain could not capture or understand. And there was no observer, witnessing this depth. Every part of one’s whole being was alert, sensitive but intensely still. This new, this depth was expanding, exploding, going away, developing in its own explosions; out of time and beyond time and space.”

“It’s interesting that when Krishnamurti first asked me to write his biography, he said to me, if he was writing the biography he would start with a vacant mind; and then he went on to enlarge how he’d always had, he said, a vacant mind. And he seemed to think that the vacant mind was so much a part of him, a part of his teaching, in a way, well, part of him, I suppose. And he said it was because of the vacant mind that all he had been taught about Theosophy and all the Theosophical jargon had never taken root; it was all on the surface of his mind.”

Mary Lutyens
Krishnamurti’s biographer

1900

Montessori pioneers
new teaching methods

Puccini: Tosca
shown in Rome

Oscar Wilde dies

Nietzsche dies

Sigmund Freud publishes
Interpretation of Dreams

Boxer Rebellion in China

The Boer War

Paris Metro opens

US Navy accepts submarine

First Zeppelin

Max Planck formulates
quantum theory

Krishnamurti, his brothers at Mahabalipuram; Shivaram, Nityananda on the right and Sadanand in the back.

Photo: Ruspoli, 1910
Adyar 1900s

“The Theosophical Society, which was founded by Madame Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott, was really a ecumenical movement to show that all religions were equal. That was the basis of it, which most people joined.

There was also an esoteric side of it which Madame Blavatsky worked out, saying that a great hierarchical figure, called the Lord Maitreya, came to earth about every two thousand years and took the body of a human being, when they were most needed for the evolution of humanity.”

Mary Lutyens
Krishnamurti’s biographer

1901

Death of Queen Victoria

Commonwealth of Australia

Flatiron building built in New York

Enrico Fermi:
Nobel Prize, Physics

Chekhov:
“Three Sisters” – Moscow

Social Revolutionary Party

Boxer Rebellion ends

Boers begin guerilla war

McKinley assassinated

Cuba becomes U.S. protectorate

Trans-Siberian Railroad reaches Port Arthur

Adyar 1900s
Photo: Ruspoli, 1910
1902

Cadillac: founded in Detroit

The British defeat Boers
in South Africa

Georges Melies films
Voyage to the Moon

Joseph Conrad:
Heart of Darkness

End of war in Philippines;
4,200 Americans killed,
18,000 Philippines killed

Anglo-Japanese Treaty

Britain and Germany
threaten Venezuela

Beatrix Potter writes Peter Rabbit

Questioner: During the Theosophical Convention last week several leaders and admirers of Dr. Besant spoke, paying her high tributes. What is your tribute to and your opinion of that great figure who was a mother and friend to you? What was her attitude toward you through the many years of her guardianship of you and your brother, and also subsequently? Are you not grateful to her for her guidance, training, and care?

Krishnamurti: Mr. Warrington kindly asked me to speak about this matter, but I told him that I did not want to. Now don’t condemn me by using such words as “guardianship”, “gratitude”, and so on. Sirs, what can I say? Dr. Besant was our mother, she looked after us, she cared for us. But one thing she did not do. She never said to me, “Do this”, or “Don’t do that.” She left me alone. Well, in these words I have paid her the greatest tribute.

Public Talk 4, Adyar, 01 January 1934

1903

Wright Brothers:
first powered flight

Lenin leads Bolsheviks

Ford Motor Co. founded

“The Great Train Robbery” tells
first complete story in film

King & Queen of Serbia murdered

Russian Socialist Party splits

Turks massacre Bulgarians

The British conquer Nigeria

First message sent over Pacific cable

Helium discovered

Richard Steiff designs first teddy bears

Photo: Herald of the Star, 1925
Leadbeater’s bungalow at Adyar

From The Young Indiana Jones television series: in the first part of this chapter, young Indiana Jones travels to India and meets young Krishnamurti and the leaders of the Theosophical Society.

1904

Russo-Japanese War ends

New York subway opens

Moscow Art Theater produces
Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”

Puccini: “Madame Butterfly”

James Barrie: “Peter Pan”

Rolls Royce Co. founded

CLICK TO EXPAND

“Silence grew and became intense, wider and deeper. What was outside was now inside; the brain which had listened to the silence of the hills, fields and groves was itself now silent; it no longer listened to itself; it had gone through that and had become quiet, naturally, without any enforcement.

It was still, ready to stir itself on the instant. It was still, deep within itself; like a bird that folds its wings, it had folded upon itself; it was not asleep nor lazy, but in folding upon itself, it had entered into depths which were beyond itself.

It was a dimension which the brain could not capture or understand. And there was no observer, witnessing this depth. Every part of one’s whole being was alert, sensitive but intensely still. This new, this depth was expanding, exploding, going away, developing in its own explosions; out of time and beyond time and space.”

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