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Anand 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.”

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.  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.

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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 about him.

He has also inspired several popular movements, and centers for self development, among others:

  1. The National Integration Movement, with 30 branches throughout Indonesia along with overseas representation, including one in the Middle East.
  2. 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. 
  3. Anand Krishna Centres in many major cities, and L’Ayurveda Healing Centers in Jakarta and Bali.
  4. AK Global Co-Operation, a national co-operative society with branches in several cities.
  5. California Bali Friendship Association
  6. Secret Garden of The Mother Divine, Dedicated to Healing Mother Earth and All Her Children, located in Kuta (Bali)
  7. 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.