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Lives in the Shadow: with J. Krishnamurti
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Some of the controversy this book generated is due to the fact that certain students and followers of Krishnamurti believe that he was a living example of a perfect human. This volume disspells that myth, indeed, he looks quite human throughout this writing. It was interesting to find how Krishnamurti dealt with some of his biggest stressors, including financial disagreements with friend D. Rajagopal, and the pregnancy (by him) of his dear lover Rosalind Williams Rajagopal. Radha describes her love of "Krinsh" (Krishnamurti), who was like a second father to her, and how his increasing unwillingness to deal with problems damaged many relationships and people. Included are numerous letters to and from Krishnamurti, D. Rajagopal and Rosaling Rajagopal, and numerous other individuals who were active on the Theosophical movement or Krishnamurti's teachings. A very worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in history, philosophy, or the full history of J. Krishnamurti.
I read the book in hopes of learning more about who K. was, but felt a bit disgusted with the petty details of personal conflicts which Radha was trying to settle in the public eye.
Anyway, we see in Radha's book that he _was_ in fact an ordinary man--and a very likable one, in my own opinion. It's very clear that Radha had a conflicted view of her "Krinsh," who, through her childhood was much more of a father to her than D. Rajagopal. A certain disillusion with K informs the later part of the book, but I think it's evident that she also had a deep love for the man. That very fact would certainly explain the sense of betrayal she has about K after the breach between her parents and K, because that breach also alienated her from this man who had been a kind and devoted father-figure to her when she was young. Obviously that hurt, as did the discovery that K did not deal very well with quotidian human conflict and trouble--which is part of what made him an ordinary human. It must have hurt K too, who, lacking the psychological resources to deal with it, withdrew from Radha as well as her parents. (After enlightenment, the laundry, as they say, and K chose to hide the laundry rather than wash it and air it out. But, given his upbringing and background, how could anyone have expected otherwise?)
So Krishnamurti had flaws, and serious ones. Are we shocked? Well, some people are, but I don't see why. I mean, the overall depiction of K in this book is of a good and kind man who has failings that are not in the nature of things shocking at all.
Do any of the revelations here invalidate K's "teaching," as he called it? Not at all. So why the outrage?
Puzzling, isn't it?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For many years, I (like most of the reviewers here) was convinced that this was a truthful and important book, part of the salutary movement of exposing guru-iitis in all its... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joseph H. Rowe
I found the book to be highly presumptuous,misleading,and bias,in favor of her parents point of view! Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by R. Lein
Having read most books on Krishnamurti, I would give this book only two stars. Lutyens decided not to disclose the extent of the personal relationship even though by her own... Read morePublished on March 13, 2009 by Two Cents
It was no secret that K had a long term relationship. He told some of his close friends about it. It's a private matter anyway. Read morePublished on August 30, 2008 by Reza Ganjavi
It's hard to say and understand....because when I read about Krishna's life story...not Krishnamulti; but the real one. He also had a spritual lover, Redha (?? Read morePublished on May 5, 2008 by Victoria
J Krishnamurthi was a free-lance philosopher, not an ordained monk or sannyasin with any sect that avowed celibacy. Read morePublished on December 16, 2005 by Srinivasan Nenmeli Krishna
Alright, I'm gonna say what the rest of you are apparently to naive to see: this book was written for the sole purpose of making money. That's right. Read morePublished on April 21, 2005 by Kevin Kinchen