At the Feet of the Master

1910 - 1914

“CWL and Dr. Besant were corresponding about the older boy, K. By then they had taken the boys to the Master and the Master apparently, according to them, said, ‘That is the boy.’ They had received, they said, instructions from their respective Masters that K was going to be the vehicle for the World Teacher. And so Leadbeater, CWL, took charge of training these two boys.

Nobody was to touch anything that K touched. If they said they liked oranges, for the rest of the year they had oranges. If they said they liked porridge, they had porridge every morning for the rest of the year. If they said they wanted to go on a bicycle ride right, you went on a bicycle ride for the rest of the year, every morning from seven to eight. So the boys never said after that they liked anything.”

Interview
Krishnamurti

1910

At the Feet of the Master published

Initiation of Krishnamurti into ‘Brotherhood’

Narayaniah gives guardianship of Krishnamurti and Nitya to Besant

Mexican Revolution begins

Korea annexed by Japan

Caruso broadcasts on radio

China grants Britain
control of Tibet

Tolstoy and Mark Twain die

Blues popular in Harlem

Chinese invade Lhasa

Dalai Lama flees to India

Slavery abolished in China

Revolution in Portugal

Union of South Africa

Tango popular in U.S.
and Europe

Photo: Adyar, 1910
1911

Krishnamurti to London for the first time: meets Emily Lutyens

“Order of the Star in the East” begun by Besant

Sun Yat Sen leads
Chinese Revolution

R. Amundsen reaches South Pole

Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire

Irving Berlin:
“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”

Richard Strauss:
“Der Rosenkavalier”

War between Italy and Turkey

Italy first to use aircraft for bombing

First aircraft landing on ship

First U.S. coast-to-coast flight

Marie Curie: Nobel Prize
for chemistry

Convention, Benares, 1911
1912

Narayaniah files suit against Besant for custody of boys

Krishnamurti, Nitya and Leadbeater at Taormina, Sicily

F.W. Woolworth’s founded

Keystone Comedies

Carl Jung publishes
Psychology of the Unconscious

War in the Balkans

Marines intervene in Nicaragua

First home electric refrigerator

U.S. senators elected directly

S. S. Titanic collides with
iceberg: 1,513 killed

Poet Rabindranath Tagore:
Gitanjali

Krishnamurti swimming in a River - CLICK TO EXPAND
1913

Stravinsky: “The Rite of Spring”
Riots at opening in Paris

Rudolph Steiner:
Anthroposophical Society founded

Suffragettes demonstrate in London

Niels Bohr:
Theory of Atomic Structure

Albert Schweitzer opens hospital
in Lambarene, French Congo

Second Balkan War

Gandhi arrested

U.S. Federal Reserve Act

Ford creates the assembly line

Thomas Mann: Death in Venice

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman dies

1914

Besant wins guardianship of Krishnamurti

Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
assassinated

World War I begins:
10 million die, 20 million wounded

W.C. Handy: “St. Louis Blues”

Pearl White: “The Perils of Pauline”

Austria declares war on Serbia

Germany invades Belgium

Japan declares war on Germany

US intervenes in Mexico

Germany invades Luxembourg

Russians invade Prussia

British troops land in France

At age 15 Krishnamurti wrote a letter to Annie Besant describing meeting the Masters.

Photos: Adyar, 1910

Theosophy was a world movement which embraced all religions. They believed that following on Buddha, Krishna and Christ the world was ready for the next incarnation of the Messiah. Its president, Annie Besant was a flamboyant figure who fought uncompromisingly for a whole range of social reforms in Britain and India. Krishnamurti must have looked an unlikely candidate; undernourished, with crooked teeth and a vacant expression. But Leadbeater said the child had an aura of unselfishness; he was the chosen one. Mrs Besant adopted him and began grooming him for his future role by bringing him to England.

Excerpt from The Role of a Flower documentary

The book At the Feet of the Master, purportedly the teachings given to Krishnamurti by his Master, was published in 1910. Although many doubt that Krishnamurti was the actual author, the book, translated into some forty languages, elicited great interest and continues to do so.

Photo: Adyar, 1910
Photo: Adyar, 1911

“I have written in my earlier writing an account of his initiation and of the meeting with the Master and so on which were all told me by Mr. Leadbeater and by Krishnamurti himself.

I was told that he had been put on probation by the Master along with his little brother, on a certain date. And then it was that Krishna used to sit in the early morning and write something very laboriously in his early English, which turned out to be the little book At the Feet of the Master. And the writing in the book was in pencil and Krishnaji used to ponder and then write and then ponder. And Leadbeater told me that he was bringing back into his physical brain in the morning what he had experienced and learned and heard during the night before from the Master Kuthumi. I never looked at the details of that little book but I did see the book and I saw Krishnaji writing.”

Interview
Russell B. Clarke
Krishnamurti’s first English tutor

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“Suddenly, unexpectedly, a benediction descended upon us, like a gentle rain. We became the center of it. It was gentle, pressing, infinitely tender and peaceful, enfolding us in a power that was beyond all fault and reason. No virtue touched it for it was beyond all virtue and sanctions of man.

There was love that was utterly perishable and so it had the delicacy of all new things, vulnerable, destructible and yet it was beyond all this. No thought could penetrate it, no action could ever touch it. It was ”pure,” untouched and so ever dyingly beautiful.”

“CWL and Dr. Besant were corresponding about the older boy, K. By then they had taken the boys to the Master and the Master apparently, according to them, said, ‘That is the boy.’ They had received, they said, instructions from their respective Masters that K was going to be the vehicle for the World Teacher. And so Leadbeater, CWL, took charge of training these two boys.

Nobody was to touch anything that K touched. If they said they liked oranges, for the rest of the year they had oranges. If they said they liked porridge, they had porridge every morning for the rest of the year. If they said they wanted to go on a bicycle ride right, you went on a bicycle ride for the rest of the year, every morning from seven to eight. So the boys never said after that they liked anything.”

Interview
Krishnamurti

1910

At the Feet of the Master published

Initiation of Krishnamurti into ‘Brotherhood’

Narayaniah gives guardianship of Krishnamurti and Nitya to Besant

Mexican Revolution begins

Korea annexed by Japan

Caruso broadcasts on radio

China grants Britain
control of Tibet

Tolstoy and Mark Twain die

Blues popular in Harlem

Chinese invade Lhasa

Dalai Lama flees to India

Slavery abolished in China

Revolution in Portugal

Union of South Africa

Tango popular in U.S.
and Europe

Photo: Adyar, 1910

At age 15 Krishnamurti wrote a letter to Annie Besant describing meeting the Masters.

Photos: Adyar, 1910

Theosophy was a world movement which embraced all religions. They believed that following on Buddha, Krishna and Christ the world was ready for the next incarnation of the Messiah. Its president, Annie Besant was a flamboyant figure who fought uncompromisingly for a whole range of social reforms in Britain and India. Krishnamurti must have looked an unlikely candidate; undernourished, with crooked teeth and a vacant expression. But Leadbeater said the child had an aura of unselfishness; he was the chosen one. Mrs Besant adopted him and began grooming him for his future role by bringing him to England.

Excerpt from The Role of a Flower documentary

1911

Krishnamurti to London for the first time: meets Emily Lutyens

“Order of the Star in the East” begun by Besant

Sun Yat Sen leads
Chinese Revolution

R. Amundsen reaches South Pole

Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire

Irving Berlin:
“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”

Richard Strauss:
“Der Rosenkavalier”

War between Italy and Turkey

Italy first to use aircraft for bombing

First aircraft landing on ship

First U.S. coast-to-coast flight

Marie Curie: Nobel Prize
for chemistry

The book At the Feet of the Master, purportedly the teachings given to Krishnamurti by his Master, was published in 1910. Although many doubt that Krishnamurti was the actual author, the book, translated into some forty languages, elicited great interest and continues to do so.

Photo: Adyar, 1910
Convention, Benares, 1911
1912

Narayaniah files suit against Besant for custody of boys

Krishnamurti, Nitya and Leadbeater at Taormina, Sicily

F.W. Woolworth’s founded

Keystone Comedies

Carl Jung publishes
Psychology of the Unconscious

War in the Balkans

Marines intervene in Nicaragua

First home electric refrigerator

U.S. senators elected directly

S. S. Titanic collides with
iceberg: 1,513 killed

Poet Rabindranath Tagore:
Gitanjali

Photo: Adyar, 1911

“I have written in my earlier writing an account of his initiation and of the meeting with the Master and so on which were all told me by Mr. Leadbeater and by Krishnamurti himself.

I was told that he had been put on probation by the Master along with his little brother, on a certain date. And then it was that Krishna used to sit in the early morning and write something very laboriously in his early English, which turned out to be the little book At the Feet of the Master. And the writing in the book was in pencil and Krishnaji used to ponder and then write and then ponder. And Leadbeater told me that he was bringing back into his physical brain in the morning what he had experienced and learned and heard during the night before from the Master Kuthumi. I never looked at the details of that little book but I did see the book and I saw Krishnaji writing.”

Interview
Russell B. Clarke
Krishnamurti’s first English tutor

Krishnamurti swimming in a River - CLICK TO EXPAND
1913

Stravinsky: “The Rite of Spring”
Riots at opening in Paris

Rudolph Steiner:
Anthroposophical Society founded

Suffragettes demonstrate in London

Niels Bohr:
Theory of Atomic Structure

Albert Schweitzer opens hospital
in Lambarene, French Congo

Second Balkan War

Gandhi arrested

U.S. Federal Reserve Act

Ford creates the assembly line

Thomas Mann: Death in Venice

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman dies

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1914

Besant wins guardianship of Krishnamurti

Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
assassinated

World War I begins:
10 million die, 20 million wounded

W.C. Handy: “St. Louis Blues”

Pearl White: “The Perils of Pauline”

Austria declares war on Serbia

Germany invades Belgium

Japan declares war on Germany

US intervenes in Mexico

Germany invades Luxembourg

Russians invade Prussia

British troops land in France

“Suddenly, unexpectedly, a benediction descended upon us, like a gentle rain. We became the center of it. It was gentle, pressing, infinitely tender and peaceful, enfolding us in a power that was beyond all fault and reason. No virtue touched it for it was beyond all virtue and sanctions of man.

There was love that was utterly perishable and so it had the delicacy of all new things, vulnerable, destructible and yet it was beyond all this. No thought could penetrate it, no action could ever touch it. It was ”pure,” untouched and so ever dyingly beautiful.”

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