By Giddu Narayan, Chandramouli Narsipur
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Mahesh Saxena, secretary of the KFI in 1986, who was present at the cremation told me that Krishnamurti’s face was lit with a smile that brightened his face. He had a lively look. In the crematorium, Maheshji received a small bit of burnt bone. It was like a crystal, and he gave it back to the warden of the crematorium. A. In India they were to be immersed in the Ganga and taken to its source at Gangotri and to the sea. A. and in England. In India, three of us, including Dr. Krishna, took the ashes to Adyar beach and went in a catamaran out into the Bay of Bengal.
Krishnamurti was this bird’s friend. * He maintained good health until he died at ninety years of age. He had to keep fit because he traveled to so many places in a year, with occasional retreats in Ojai or in the Himalayas. Once he went up to Ooty in the Nilgiris Hills in Tamil Nadu for rest and retreat. In spite of the care he took to look after his body, he had many bouts of hayfever and bronchitis over the years. Pollen caused hay fever and a dry cough. He died from cancer of the pancreas, which brought him terrible physical pain, and he had to be given morphine and other painkillers.
The danger was gone and the tiger had passed. As he walked back, he felt the forest still again. As he looked up, he saw langur monkeys on the tops of trees watching him intently, probably to see what kind of man he was. 50 One was Palghat Mani Iyer. He was considered the greatest mridangam player of all time. ] He was drawn to Krishnamurti who had regard for him and was delighted by his drumming. Mani Iyer did not know English and so he read Tamil translations of Krishnamurti’s talks. Many were drawn to his style of drumming, and he spent half his time giving performances in different parts of India.