By Mary Lutyens
In 1909, a boy of fourteen years used to be detailed the savior of our age by means of the mystic chief of the Theosophical Society. despatched from his local India to check on the most interesting university in Britain, the charismatic adolescence was once groomed for the messianic function of global Teacher—a mantle he might finally get rid of, unleashing a typhoon of controversy in the religious group. and during internal doubts and actual agony—through sour trials of the brain, the physique, and the soul—he may stick to his personal route to enlightenment and turn into a shining beacon of pleasure and fact to thousands across the world.
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33 5 First Teaching The truth was that relations between Narianiah and Leadbeater could never remain friendly for long. Although Narianiah had been delighted by Krishna’s Initiation he was now making serious trouble. Naturally he knew of Leadbeater’s past history and, as he disliked and distrusted him, he was very ready to listen to tales brought to him by Mrs Besant’s servant Lakshman. Lakshman had been deeply shocked when on entering Mrs Besant’s bathroom one day he had found Krishna naked, while Leadbeater, wearing only a shirt half way down his thighs, was washing the boy’s hair.
A great crowd, therefore, was waiting to meet her and her wards when they arrived at Charing Cross Station on May 5. Among those gathered on the platform was the thirty-six-year-old Lady Emily Lutyens, wife of the architect Edwin Lutyens, who had recently been converted to Theosophy on reading some of Mrs Besant’s books. In her enthusiasm she had already started a new Theosophical Lodge devoted to the practical application of Theosophy to social problems. Lady Emily has recorded her first impression of ‘Alcyone’: ‘I had eyes for none but Krishna, an odd figure, with long black hair falling almost to his shoulders and enormous dark eyes which had a vacant look in them.
Raja was a much sterner teacher and a great disciplinarian. Before this, in September, Lady Emily had been invited to Genoa with Barbara and Robert to meet Leadbeater for the first time. Lady Emily was fascinated by him though shocked by the disloyal way in which he discussed Mrs Besant with the Kirbys, giving instances of her lack of judgement in her choice of the people around her. However, Lady Emily found his manner to the children ‘perfect’. ’ Very much to Lady Emily’s surprise he was far more attracted to Barbara than he was to Robert.
Krishnamurti: The Years of Awakening by Mary Lutyens