Lives In The Shadow With J. Krishnamurti

Lives In The Shadow With J. Krishnamurti

by Radha Rajagopal Sloss

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ISBN-13: 9781462031320
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/29/2011
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 675,054
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Lives in the Shadow with J. Krishnamurti 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
eprophet More than 1 year ago
It's not easy to achieve objectivity when one has grown up in a tradition. But this book achieves a surprisingly objective stance. Krishnamurti was recognized in the Theosophical tradition, repudiated his role as world teacher, and went on to become a well-known spiritual teacher in his own right. I am impressed with Ms. Sloss's ability to critically examine his tradition without discarding its meaningful contributions. Although she never professed Krishnamurti's teachings herself, her father was his chief editor and manager, and she grew up literally in his shadow, in a close family relationship with the man she called "Krinsh" as a young girl. The book deals largely with the double-life led by Krishnamurti as he sought family and normalcy in a sexual relationship with her mother, largely overlooked by her father. While maintaining a facade of celibacy expected by his Theosophically and Hindu-influenced followers, he sought intimacy with the wife of his close friend. The strains and deceptions caused by this arrangement are laid out well in the book, which does not however neglect Krishnamurti's genuine contributions to and influence in among the many people who sought some kind of coherence after the difficulties besetting the society's many factions after the decline of Besant and Leadbeater's leadership. The book bogs down a bit at the end with the unfortunate legal struggles that became the denoument of this family group. But the author remains sensitive to all sides of this painful conflict until the end. I bought this book at the Theosophical History Conference in London. I think it shows strength and health when a tradition can look critically at its own history and assess the future based on the past.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is much that is fascinating about this book, but as a truthful account of the life of Krishnamurti (K)it leaves much out and is suspect as a diatribe against "the guru." Whenever possible, Mrs. Sloss denigrates K, while extolling her parents. But it was not K who told Rosalind on Radha's birth that they no longer needed to have intimate relations, it was her father, who chose to live apart in Hollywood and who, as K's business agent, misdirected a great deal of the money meaant to go to advancing K's teachings. The fact that Rosalind "hooked up" with Krishnamurti was completely understandable, as the two were obviously far more in love than Radha's father or mother ever were. Radha just could not bear to see this, and apparently still can't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dove gray shecat pricks her black tipped ears. "I-I'm gonna-" Stormheart winces. "I am going back to camp. I can...make it." Stormheart pants. ~Injured Stormheart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What if Honeydew isnt on?" -Beetlepaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks inside. ~Brightkit
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been a devoted student of J Krishnamurti, I was severely saddened by this account of his life. The book is rife with lurid details of J Krishnamuti's defilement. Sadly, he kept a 35 year love affair with the married writer, which resulted in her having several secret abortions. Her husband was JK's personal secretary. JK's ego was out of control. His affection for himself, fast cars, and Hollywood are a nasty story. His life was filled with fear, hence his knowledge of it. Another corrupt Guru. Too, too bad.