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World Teacher

An expression used by Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater in some of their talks and writings about J. Krishnamurti. The popular press misinterpreted their statements and reported that they expected a “New Messiah.” According to Besant, she had carefully explained that Krishnamurti might, if he was found worthy, be used as a vehicle for the “World Teacher” when He again wished to speak to the world (The Theosophist, September 1926, pp. 638-9).

In a lecture given in Stockholm in 1913, Besant identified the World Teacher as a Bodhisattva, a being who had attained the essence of wisdom (Superhuman Men, T.P.S. London, 1913, p. 37).

See also Krishnamurti, Jiddu.

P.S.H.

 

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