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Jiddu Krishnamurti

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Jiddu Krishnamurti (or K) was born on 11 May 1895 and died on 17 February 1986. He became a figure head for the Order of the Star in the East, which was founded by the Theosophical Society in 1911. Its purpose was to proclaim K as the World Teacher. In August 1929 he dissolved the Society realising that he would not become the World Teacher and returned the donated monies.

As part of the speech that K gave, when he stepped down from the Order of the Star in the East, he said:

"You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, 'What did that man pick up?' He picked up a piece of Truth,' said the devil. 'That is a very bad business for you, then,' said his friend. 'Oh, not at all,' the devil replied, 'I am going to let him organize it.'

"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others."

Of All Faiths & None begins with Edwin Lutyens reinventing the story of the devil and the piece of truth and it is this story that provides a recurring theme throughout the novel. The changes were made to reflect the language of the day, where 'spin' was used to justify a government's illegal acts.

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