Religion: The Durable Avatar

George Bernard Shaw once called him the most beautiful human being he had ever seen. Aldous Huxley said that listening to him was like listening to "a discourse of the Buddha." For two decades the ascetically slim, darkly handsome young mystic from India was virtually considered to be a new Messiah by members of the Order of the Star in the East, the society built around him. Then suddenly in 1929, Jiddu Krishnamurti dissolved the order and repudiated the very idea of followers. "Truth is a pathless land," he said. "And you cannot...

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