J. Krishnamurti was one of the leading spiritual philosophers of the 20th century–a revolutionary teacher and author who traveled the world spreading his message of consciousness and wholeness. Michael Krohnen never imagined he would become a chef, let alone cook and serve meals to this man, whom he had studied and admired for years. But chef he became, from September, 1975 until Krishnamurti’s death in 1986. In this capacity he became witness to Krishnamurti’s daily life, habits and mealtime conversations. Krohnen shares with us a rare glimpse into the private life of Krishnamurti, revealing him as a man of rare integrity, the same person in private as in public. Krohnen describes Krishnamurti’s extraordinary ability to reach into people’s minds, even over lunch: “It was as if a common consciousness was created in which the normal barriers from one person to the other became non-existent.” Rather than seeing him as a spiritual icon, Krohnen recalls how human Krishnamurti was–a man who experienced and expressed great emotion and loved to laugh. Listen to these fascinating memoirs about one of the greatest religious minds of our time.
Krohnen is the author of The Kitchen Chronicles: 1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti (Edwin House Publishing 1997).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- Who Krishnamurti was, publicly and privately
- What was the fascinating journey that led Krohnen to Krishnamurti
- What were Krishnamurti’s methods of praise and criticism
- What it was like to have lunch with Krishnamurti
- Krishnamurti’s charismatic effect on people’s consciousness and lives
- What are the relevance of Krishnamurti’s teachings to modern-day life
- What is the relationship between food, health and spirituality
Program Number: 2634 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 5/29/1997