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Date: August, 2012

“When the superficial, conscious mind is thus fully aware of all its activities, through that understanding it becomes spontaneously quiet, not drugged by compulsion or regimented by desire; then it is in a position to receive the intimation, the hints of the unconscious, of the many, many hidden layers of the mind - the racial instincts, the buried memories, the concealed pursuits, the deep wounds that are still unhealed. It is only when all these have projected themselves and are understood, when the whole consciousness is unburdened, unfettered by any wound, by any memory whatsoever, that it is in a position to receive the eternal.

Meditation is self-knowledge and without self-knowledge there is no meditation. If you are not aware of all your responses all the time, if you are not fully conscious, fully cognizant of your daily activities, merely to lock yourself in a room and sit down in front of a picture of your guru, of your Master, to meditate, is an escape, because without self-knowledge there is no right thinking and, without right thinking, what you do has no meaning, however noble your intentions are. Thus prayer has no significance without self-knowledge but when there is self-knowledge there is right thinking and hence right action. When there is right action, there is no confusion and therefore there is no supplication to someone else to lead you out of it. A man who is fully aware is meditating; he does not pray, because he does not want anything. Through prayer, through regimentation, through repetition and all the rest of it, you can bring about a certain stillness, but that is mere dullness, reducing the mind and the heart to a state of weariness. It is drugging the mind; and exclusion, which you call concentration, does not lead to reality - no exclusion ever can. What brings about understanding is self-knowledge, and it is not very difficult to be aware if there is right intention. If you are interested to discover the whole process of yourself - not merely the superficial part but the total process of your whole being - then it is comparatively easy. If you really want to know yourself, you will search out your heart and your mind to know their full content and when there is the intention to know, you will know. Then you can follow, without condemnation or justification, every movement of thought and feeling; by following every thought and every feeling as it arises you bring about tranquility which is not compelled, not regimented, but which is the outcome of having no problem, no contradiction. It is like the pool that becomes peaceful, quiet, any evening when there is no wind; when the mind is still, then that which is immeasurable comes into being.”

The First and Last Freedom

“Is truth something final, absolute, fixed? We would like it to be absolute because then we could take shelter in it. We would like it to be permanent because then we could hold on to it, find happiness in it. But is truth absolute, continuous, to be experienced over and over again? The repetition of experience is the mere cultivation of memory, is it not? In moments of quietness, I may experience a certain truth, but if I cling to that experience through memory and make it absolute, fixed -is that truth? Is truth the continuation, the cultivation of memory? Or, is truth to be found only when the mind is utterly still? When the mind is not caught in memories, not cultivating memory as the center of recognition, but is aware of everything I am saying, everything I am doing in my relationships, in my activities, seeing the truth of everything as it is from moment to moment; surely, that is the way of meditation, is it not? There is comprehension only when the mind is still, and the mind cannot be still as long as it is ignorant of itself. That ignorance is not dispelled through any form of discipline, through pursuing any authority, ancient or modern. Belief only creates resistance, isolation, and where there is isolation, there is no possibility of tranquility. Tranquility comes only when I understand the whole process of myself -the various entities in conflict with each other which compose the 'me'. As that is an arduous task, we turn to others to learn various tricks, which we call meditation. The tricks of the mind are not meditation. Meditation is the beginning of self-knowledge, and without meditation, there is no self-knowledge.”

- J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

August 2012
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First Sunday Meeting: Aug 5, 2012
Study Retreat: Self-knowledge is the beginning of Meditation: Aug 9 -12
Study Retreats 2012 – 2013 Calendar
Introduction to retreat – a Presentation?
The Valley School Birthday Celebration Videos
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First Sunday Meeting: Aug 5, 2012

Venue: Seminar Hall, The Valley School
Time: 9:30 AM

Open to friends of The Study Centre and individuals who are willing to explore their own lives. These meetings also enable new comers to become familiar with the teachings and to what The Study Centre has to offer. Feel free to bring your friends and family members who have the capacity to listen and learn.

The Study Centre is a religious place that is set in wilderness. Here one is not coerced to bow down to a guru or sing praise of a guru. There is no mass following and there is no pressure to imitate others. One can come to this place and be “As One Is” and make one’s own discovery of oneself. When one comes to The Study one is not told what to think or what goals to have in one’s life. Here one can explore the issues of daily living in the spirit if inquiry. Here no practices or methods are given to distract one from learning about oneself. One can come to The Study as a day visitor or take a retreat in wilderness and discover a different way of living.

Study Retreat: Self-knowledge is the beginning of Meditation: Aug 9 -12

The seed of meditation is in each human being. The seed is waiting to find the right soil and germinate. However, because of various factors that seed has not germinated in most human beings. What are these factors? We will explore this during the coming retreat. One of the primary factors for this is that one has relied on authority to guide on meditation techniques and a promise that the meditation is an escape from one’s daily existence.

Could one start with where one is and not imagine the meditative mind as described by others. This implies observing the chattering of the mind. What is the mind chattering about? Is it chattering about ones unfulfilled desires and longings? The looking into the chattering of the mind may reveal the ways of the self. Once a line of inquiry is taken up then can we as participants have the stamina to explore it and look at the whole phenomenon completely. The looking does not happen through words. The meaning created when the words are used opens the possibility of having an insight into the source of chattering. The insight brings an order in ones thought-feeling and the brain becomes silent. A silent mind has the possibility to touch a different dimension that thought cannot touch.

We will explore a possibility of a meditative mind in a forested retreat located within the Valley School Campus. The exploration will happen through nature walks, body awareness, art work, dialogues, reflections, and so on.

Study Retreats 2012 – 2013 Calendar
The Study Retreats 2012-2013

The Study Centre, Valley School, Bangalore will be offering residential retreats every month. The purpose of such retreats is to take a step back from ones active daily life of making a living, having a family, and all the other activities that one is engaged in. During the retreat one can be alone and also in company of other serious minded individuals who have deeper questions of life and are willing to delve into the nature of human consciousness without any preconditions or with the aim of reaching any specific goal. Taking a journey within oneself brings about a certain release from the various conclusions, ideas, and tensions that one often accumulates in daily life. After the retreat one returns to daily living with an alert mind that is able to meet afresh the challenges of life.

Attending the retreat allows a teacher or parent to learn the intention of the school. The educational philosophy of the school helps in bringing about various policies and curriculum design in the school.

The following are the dates and themes of the Study Retreats during the year 2012 - 2013:

Aug 9-12, 2012 : Self-knowledge is the beginning of Meditation
Sept 6-9, 2012 : Why do I get angry?
Oct 11-14, 2012 : Significance of living in the “HERE & NOW”
Dec 6-9, 2012 : Retreat for the YOUNG(18-35)
Exploring Success, Happiness & Relationships
Jan 24-27, 2013 : Silence , Stillness & Meditation
Feb 7-10, 2013 : What does FEAR do to you ?
March 7-10 2013 : Exploring Problems of Living ?
April 4-7, 2013 : **Karnataka JK Adhayana Shibira: Meditation in Daily Life
Intention of the Retreat at The Study, KFI, Bangalore:
  • Awakening of Intelligence and flowering in goodness
  • Learning the art of listening and looking
  • Bringing clarity in oneself
  • Understanding the workings of one’s mind
  • Dealing with conflict, change, fear, and desire
  • Discipline, Freedom, and Responsibility
  • Discovering beauty, creativity, and Joy
  • Awareness with all the senses
  • Exploration into insight
  • Meditation in daily living

The retreats start on Thursday evening and end on Sunday evening, so that people who are working have to take only one day off. Transportation will be arranged for group pick-up from Jain Temple, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore. The time of pick-up will be 6:30 PM on the first day of retreat. The time of departure will be 5:00 PM on the last day of the retreat from the campus.

The Study Retreat will be restricted to twelve participants. Each participant will have a single cottage on a non-sharing basis. Please look at our Retreat Cottages under News & Events. Participants can extend their stay before or after the retreat on the basis of additional payment. The transportation for all the programs is arranged for one pickup and drop to the city in a group. The time will be specified to the participants in the acknowledgement email before the event.

The suggested contribution for the study retreat to cover the cost of food, lodging, programs, study material, and transportation is Rs. 2150 per person. Please fill up the registration form and send it to the Study Centre, Bangalore.

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School Birthday 2012

You can visit www.kfistudy.org for further information on the Study Centre. You can write to the Study Centre Coordinator, The Valley School Campus, 17th KM Kanakpura Road, Thatguni Post, Bangalore – 560062.

Email: kfistudy@gmail.com Phone: 080-2843-5243/ 9482641389. The registration forms can be downloaded from the website.