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This is not only the story of one person. It is the story of the relationships of J. Krishnamurti and people closely involved with him, especially Rosalind Williams Rajagopal and D. Rajagopal, my mother and father, and of the consequences of this involvement on their lives. Recently there have been biographies and a biographical film on Krishnamurti that have left areas, and a large span of years, in mysterious darkness. It is not in the interest of historical integrity, especially where such a personality is concerned, that there be these areas of obscurity.
Noted orator, reformer,
President of the
Theosophical Society (1907-1932).
Established the Happy Valley
Foundation, Ojai, California in 1927
Co-founder with Henry Olcott
of the Theosophical Society (1870s),
a forerunner of the new age movement
J. Krishnamurti, Rosalind, Robert Logan |
(from left to right) Aldous Huxley, Krishnamurti,
Mr. and Mrs. Igor Stravinsky, Maria Huxley,
Radha at a picnic in Wrightwood, California 1949
That "a man is not always a prophet in his own valley" is the theme of this vivid...memoir. The author is the only child of Krishnamurti's closest associate, Rajagopal, and his American wife Rosalind. Sloss's achievement in Lives in the Shadow with J. Krishnamurti is to have made him interesting without embalming him in flattery; she is able to do this...because she grew up in his ménage in California's Ojai valley, so she saw him every day at his most ordinary. She brings us insights and information that help to flesh out someone who has been projected as a spiritual skeleton by too many biographies...Without ever losing sight of her huge affection for her subject, Sloss is able to look beyond the myth...The book is filled with the joys of childhood and moves us gracefully through loss (there is an unforgettable scene where Rosalind helps Aldous Huxley to die by whispering lines from Island in his ear) it is because Radha Rajagopal Sloss writes as well as she does that we expect even more from her.
Times Literary Supplement (London)
...an absorbing well written biography...an honest account by a girl whose mother had a 20-year long liaison with Krishnamurti and was treated by him as his own daughter. The facts it reveals are stranger and more fascinating than any fiction I have read in a long time.
Indian novelist and journalist, India
Every philosophy, Nietzsche wrote, is disguised autobiography. Radha points to the connection between Krishnamurti's teachings and his personal life. The problems he talked of with such deep understanding, of fear and its relation to death, ambition and insecurity, were the ones he struggled with. His frequent dissembling...arose from his wish to avoid unpleasant emotional situations...Those disappointed that he did not transcend human nature should ponder the words of Thomas Mann: "Truth demands the hard confession: that thought and spirit come badly off, in the long run, against nature."
Krishnamurti's penetrating insight into the human condition came out of his being profoundly human...None of us can ask for a better epitaph.
Freudian psychoanalyst and writer, India Today
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