An Indonesian national of Indian descent, Anand Krishna is acclaimed as a “phenomenon” by both critics and supporters. His critics wonder, “What makes him popular? There is nothing extraordinary about him.” His supporters appreciates his passion for promoting peace among different sections of society, and acclaim: “He comes from The Source of All Wisdom.”
Born in Solo, Central Java, on the 1st of September 1956, Anand had his early education in Lucknow, North India, where he met his first spiritual mentor, Sheikh Baba. The saint was a simple ice vendor unknown beyond the area he believed in, but he played a major role in the “making” of Anand Krishna who was already familiar with Sufi poetry and teachings of Shah Abdul Latief of Sindh, through his father, Tolaram.
Working while studying, Anand Krishna earned his Master’s degree from a reputable university and was at the top of his career as Director and Shareholder of a Garment Factory in Indonesia, when he fall ill. Medical diagnosis showed acute Leukemia. Thus, in 1991, at age 35, Anand faced certain death.
After months of suffering, a mysterious meeting with a Tibetan Lama in the Himalayas and a miraculous recovery form his illness, Anand decided to devotee his life to sharing his joy, peace, love and healing.
In the last 19 years, Anand has spoken to millions through television shows, radio talks, in-house trainings, books, newspaper interviews and articles, as well as daily meetings and work shops held at Anand Ashram (affiliated with United Nations), one Earth Retreat Center, Anand Krishna Center and Graha Indonesia, the four centers of meditation established by him in the Indonesian Capital of Jakarta, the suburban city of Bogor, the palatial ancient city of Yogyakarta and the beautiful island of Bali.
He has also inspired several popular movements and centers for Self Developments.
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