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Krishna is a provocative spiritual master from Indonesia,
a country with the largest Muslim population in the world.
He is acclaimed as a “phenomenon” by both his critics and
sympathizers. His critics wonder, “What makes him so
popular? There is nothing extraordinary about him.” His
sympathizers appreciate his passion for promoting peace
among different sections of society and acclaim: “He comes
from The Source of All Wisdom.”
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. A simple ice vendor, the saint was not known beyond
the area he lived in, but 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 degree from a recognized university.
He was at the top of his career as a Director and Shareholder
of a Garment Factory in Indonesia, when he fell ill. Medical
diagnosis showed Leukemia at a critical stage. Thus in 1991,
at the age of 35, Anand faced almost certain death.
After months of suffering and a
mysterious meeting with a Tibetan lama in the
Himalayas, Anand Krishna experienced a miraculous recovery
from his illness. At that moment in time, Anand decided to
devote his life to sharing his joy, peace, love, healing and
meditation. He defines meditation
as the flavor of life and daily living. His spirituality
covers as aspects of life.
In the last 17 years, Anand has
spoken to millions of people through television shows, radio
talks, in house trainings, books, newspaper interviews and
articles, as well as daily meetings and workshops 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 is recognized as the most
vocal speaker in his country, speaking on subjects like
climate change, ills of the society, faith freedom, and
etcetera. He advocates against the politicians and the
political parties without principles. He also tries to address
radicalism with love and non-violence. “When you speak,
Indonesia hears,” thus said one of Indonesia’s ex ministers
He has also inspired several
popular movements, and centers for self development, among
The National Integration
Movement, with 30 branches throughout Indonesia along
with overseas representation, including one in the Middle
Forum Kebangkitan Jiwa
(Forum for Revival of Human Spirit) – which has given
free self development programs to more than 25,000 teachers
within the last 4 years.
Anand Krishna Centres
in many major cities, and L’Ayurveda Healing Centers
in Jakarta and Bali.
AK Global Co-Operation,
a national co-operative society with branches in several
California Bali Friendship
Secret Garden of The Mother
Divine, Dedicated to Healing Mother Earth and All Her
Children, located in Kuta (Bali)
AK Education Foundation,
First Interfaith School in Bali, for which land has been
acquired (about 2,500 sq meters in the prime area of Kuta)
Anand has appeared on all major
national media outlets, both in print and electronic. He has
a weekly column in one of the major print Medias, and a
monthly TV as well as Radio Shows – all on the island of Bali.
He also writes regularly for several other Medias nationwide.
In Jakarta, he has just
completed a 13-episode serial on “Q” and “Swara” TV Channels,
entitled “Building Indonesia Anew with Anand Krishna”.
Currently, the next season of the show is already on air,
which is titled “Building the World Anew with Anand Krishna”.
Among other prominent members of
Indonesian Society, those who have so far appeared on these
shows are the 4th President of Indonesia, HE
Abdurrachman Wahid; Special Police Commissioner in charge of
Narcotics Bureau, Mr. Mangku Pastika of Bali Bombing Case
Fame; Sultan of Yogyakarta; HE Ambassador of Australia for
Indonesia; several MPs, artists, etcetera.
However, his most outstanding
contribution and legacy are the 110 over books published
within last 10 years with more than half a million copies sold
all over Indonesia.
One of his recent books, one of
three titles in English, “Voice of Indonesia” was released in
California and discussed on the Campus Radio of University of
California at Santa Barbara – where he was introduced by the
host and interviewer as a Spiritual Activist.