- Krishnamurti (1895-1986) whose life and teachings spanned the greater part of the 20th Century, is regarded by many as one who has had the most profound impact on human consciousness in modern times.
- Sage, philosopher and thinker, he was deeply concerned with all humanity and considered himself as not belonging to any nation or religion. He dedicated his life to awakening man to his own conditioning and to the possibility of freedom.
- Krishnamurti travelled throughout the world till the age of 90, talking to groups and large audiences, talking to youth, talking to children, not as an authority but as a friend, a lover of truth. He talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday life; the problems of living in modern society, the individual’s search for security, and the need for human beings to free themselves from their inner burdens of violence, fear and sorrow.
A human being psychologically, is the whole of mankind. He not only represents it, but he is the whole of the human species. He is essentially the whole psyche of the mankind. On this actuality various cultures have imposed the illusion that each human being is different. In this illusion mankind has been caught for centuries, and this illusion has become a reality. If one observes closely, the psychological structure of oneself, one will find that as one suffers, so all mankind suffers in various degrees. If you are lonely, the whole humankind knows the loneliness. Agony, jealousy, envy and fear are known to all. So psychologically, inwardly, one is like another human being. There may be differences physically, biologically. One is tall or short and so on, but basically one is the representative of all mankind. So psychologically you are the world; you are responsible for the whole of mankind, not for yourself as a separate human being, which is a psychological illusion. As the representative of the whole human race, your response is whole, not partial. So responsibility has a totally different meaning. One has to learn the art of this responsibility. If one grasps the full significance of the fact that one is psychologically the world, then responsibility becomes overpowering love.J. Krishnamurti
- Krishnamurti held discussions with the great scientists of the world, men working at the frontiers of the scientific knowledge, psychiatrists, thinkers, religious heads, political leaders, students and children.
- He urged his listeners to examine the subtle workings of their own minds and asked enduring questions about the source of all problems, the nature of the human mind and the significance of Life itself. He pointed to the need for bringing a deeply meditative and religious quality to our daily life.