The Trail to Enlightenment

Life and Teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti

Dr. Joy Sen

Dr. Joy Sen is a Professor and the Head of Department of Architecture, and Head of Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management at IIT Kharagpur. He is also Principal Investigator at The Science and Heritage Initiative (SandHI), an initiative sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

It is almost an unfathomable and non-scalable task to pen a bio-sketch of a personality as vast, deep and simple, yet complex as Jiddu Krishnamurti. But I would say that Shuvendu has accomplished the mammoth task with remarkable success.

In a series of three books, conceived by him as ‘three lands’, he unfolds and presents the indescribable with deep reverence, great personal knowledge, and emotive sensitivity.

The ‘Alaap’ or the note of Invocation

The first book Part 1: The Hidden Side of Life is about the first of the three lands. To me it is like a note of invocation or Alaap. The author takes us through a labyrinth of occult knowledge known to ancient druids and mystics and epitomised in Theosophy, as he prepares a foundation for the other two books. One comes across interesting ideas and rare concepts that may be said to be a ‘science’ governing the supernatural. Into such a background was Krishnamurti born and his birth and childhood have been described in the book. How all this influenced his early life has, however, been covered in the second book.

Tracing an immemorial history of humankind, the author has displayed rare knowledge of a terrestrial teleo-hierarchy of the evolutionary history of the world. He has described from occult records how man has spiritually evolved from ancient times. I am hopeful that this part alone may throw much light and inspire future researchers to study our common origin and the diaspora of human races across ages and aeons. Its relevance becomes visible in the third book, which provides a glimpse into the future and how a new spiritual quality has been triggered by Krishnamurti for the human race.

The Mood and the main Mode

The second book Part 2: The Great Coming is the heart of the author’s tireless effort. I will just pick up a few lines, which best represent the entire book:

Critics have sometimes asked what was so different in K? Some say he echoed the teachings of the Buddha or the Christ. Others have found him to closely resemble Zen Buddhism. He was not repeating any of them. He only spoke from his heart, what he could see then and there. The words were always his own.

Here the author is at his best. Indeed it is true. There have been spiritual teachers in the past, but comparison is unnecessary which the book rightly emphasises. Describing this second land as the land of Krishnamurti, the author has systematically and profusely unfolded extracts from his teachings. This is an excellent primer for those who wish to know more about the teachings. I thoroughly enjoyed them.

The Crescendo

In the third and concluding book Part 3: The Key to Super Consciousness, the refinement of consciousness has been explained as a science. This is the third land, which according to the author epitomises the saga of Krishnamurti. According to me, the author has unfolded the pericarp (the Karnika) of the imagery of Lotus-like nave, whose many centripetal light sections are converged into a grand assimilation, intoone whole and all-embracing truth.

Here I would say gifts of three depths are kindly bestowed by the author. To ordinary readers like me, he offers the key to open and understand the gateway to better humanity. To deep readers, he awards the special gift of reaching the Promised Land – the mountaintop as he calls it. To the deepest and most god-gifted readers, this land confers the very spirit of the three books as an all-pervading, all-immanent universal spirituality. I find this depth hard to put into words.

I would say that through a lot of labour and pain Shuvendu has wonderfully conceived, garnered and delivered the grand thought, whose designer is rightfully, Jiddu Krishnamurti. I feel honoured to write this Foreword for the great effort of thought provoking words and ideas to cleanse spiritual darkness from our minds. I wish him and his book a great success.

Joy Sen

Kharagpur, 10 July 2017 (the day of Gurupurnima of 2017)