Plans for the manifestation of the World Teacher are changed
From an early age Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was trained as a possible vehicle for Maitreya, the World Teacher, to manifest through, just as Maitreya had worked through Jesus 2000 years ago in Palestine. By the 1920s the Order of the Star in the East had attracted a following of tens of thousands of people worldwide, with Krishnamurti giving talks everywhere he went. However, when “Maitreya decided that He, Himself, would come” the plan “was changed and [Krishnamurti] was no longer needed in that way.” (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p.203, 1979ed).
Krishnamurti dissolved The Order of the Star in the East on 2 August 1929 in his opening speech at the Star Camp in Ommen, the Netherlands, which later became known as “Truth is a Pathless Land.” At the end of his speech he announced his own mission in these words: “My only concern is to set men absolutely, unconditionally free.”
“We see society crumbling, disintegrating; and it is we, you and I, who have to be the architects. You and I have to rediscover the values and build on a more fundamental, lasting foundation; because if we look to the professional architects, the political and religious builders, we shall be precisely in the same position as before.” (The First and the Last Freedom, p.39)
“The teachings of Krishnamurti are the teachings of Maitreya.” (Maitreya, in Benjamin Creme (ed.; 2005), Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life, p.21.)
So vast and varied is Krishnamurti’s publishing history that it was decided, for the purpose of this catalogue, to focus on his main area of concern – education, and the titles that were published by Victor Gollancz, his UK publisher. Most of the titles published by Gollancz were published more or less simultaneously in the US by Harper.