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Date: February, 2012

J. Krishnamurti speaking on the need for the Study Centre:

“Don’t you, after all these years, if I may ask – I won’t use the word understand – live, delve, find, you follow? It’s like entering a mine, a gold mine and discovering more and more and more gold? – gold, jewels, it doesn’t matter, lead. [Laughs] Or are you saying, ‘Sorry, it’s too difficult for me. It is beyond me. It is impossible,’– you know, block yourself as you go, take a step and then block yourself. What am I to do? These teachings have come. The person who brought these teachings is unimportant. The teachings are important, and the teachings cover the whole field of life. Otherwise it’s not worth it. And in the past the teachings got so perverted, so sullied and made a mess of. Now it’s printed. There are original copies – cassette, videotape, etc. They can’t do anything with it. There it is. Is that all?...

On Conflict:

So let us decide whether you want a shelter, a safety zone, which will no longer yield conflict, whether you want to escape from the present conflict to enter a condition in which there shall be no conflict; or whether you are unaware, unconscious of this conflict in which you exist. If you are unconscious of the conflict, that is, the battle that is taking place between that self and the environment, if you are unconscious of that battle, then why do you seek further remedies? Remain unconscious. - 3rd Public Talk, 1934, Ojai

You will be able to see for yourself how you are conditioned only when there is a conflict in the continuity of pleasure or the avoidance of pain. If everything is perfectly happy around you, your wife loves you, you love her, you have a nice house, nice children and plenty of money, then you are not aware of your conditioning at all. But when there is a disturbance - when your wife looks at someone else or you lose your money or are threatened with war or any other pain or anxiety - then you know you are conditioned. When you struggle against any kind of disturbance or defend yourself against any outer or inner threat, then you know you are conditioned. And as most of us are disturbed most of the time, either superficially or deeply, that very disturbance indicates that we are conditioned. So long as the animal is petted he reacts nicely, but the moment he is antagonized the whole violence of his nature comes out.

Freedom from the Known Chapter2

Feb 2012 Retreat
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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 Valley School Mela
Photos by MV Ranna
First Sunday Meeting: February 5, 2012
Study Retreat in February: Ending of Conflict
Summary of Study Retreat in January
Study Retreats 2011-2012 Calendar
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Picture Gallery: Children’s Program at The Study Centre
First Sunday Meeting: February 5, 2012

Venue: Study Centre, The Valley School Campus
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.

Generally there is a dialogue followed with a J. Krishnamurti video.

Note: There is limited parking near the Study Centre. Please park your vehicle, if you are driving, near the school gate and walk to the Study Centre.

Study Retreat in February: Ending of Conflict

Date: Feb 9-12, 2012
Venue: Study Centre, The Valley School Campus
Arrival: 6PM on Feb. 9
Departure: 5PM on Feb. 12

Human beings have accepted ‘conflict’ as a way of life. Some people would argue that conflict gives a spice to life and the life would be dull without conflict. However, human beings have also pursued peace as an idea. Many local, national, and international forums have come up to keep a ‘lid’ on conflicts. They are not interested in resolving conflict. Their effort to put a ‘lid’ on conflict or to control conflict is part of giving continuity to the conflict. Accepting or managing conflict is endangering human lives and the life on planet.

We will have a retreat to explore a different way of life. Can we understand conflict. The understanding of conflict is the ending of conflict.

During the retreat each participant will be given a single room.

Summary of Retreat in January: Silence, Stillness, Meditation

There was a good response for the retreat participation. The word ‘meditation’ is loaded with meanings. J. Krishnamurti’s teachings don’t provide a method or system to pursue a method. However, some suggestions are made to bring sensitivity in one’s daily life. We explored and experimented together how proper rest, diet, exercise, and nature activities enable us to be watchful and be present in a given moment. The mind becomes sensitive through inquiry of the habits and patterns of thinking. We realized that the mind is not separate from the organism as a whole. Neither the body nor the mind can be neglected. In this the challenge is to let go the cobwebs of the mind that entangle and muddle the thought-feeling. If thinking is muddled then the body is blunted with wrong lifestyle.

By the end of retreat the participants began to get a feel of the implication of meditation without the baggage of the word – meditation. The difference can be experienced in our activities and our relationships. We realized that the state of meditation cannot be invited through will and effort that brings conflict. Inquiry into meditation enables stretching of the mind to attend towards thought-feeling. Stretching can come about by asking a challenging question – Is there a looking without thought?

Study Retreats, 2011 – 2012. Download the pdf leaflet

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.

The following are the dates and themes of the Stud y Retreats during the year 2011-2012:

Feb, 9 - 12, 2012 : Ending of Conflict.
Mar, 8 - 11, 2012 : Freedom, Responsibility & Discipline.
April 7-10, 2012 : *Karnataka gathering: What is a Religious Mind?

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. 1900 per person. Please fill up the registration form and send it to the Study Centre, Bangalore.

**The Gathering for young is for participants in the age group 18-35. The suggested contribution for the retreat to cover the cost of food, lodging, programs, study material, and transportation is Rs. 2950 per person. This is a seven night residential program. The gathering for young will be restricted to twenty four participants with two people sharing a cottage.

**The Karnataka Gathering participants will be staying on a sharing basis in various rooms on the campus. The suggested contribution for the gathering to cover the cost of food, lodging, programs, study material, and transportation is Rs. 1500 per person.

Article: Do you need a Guru?

Do you need a Guru?
(This was an email conversation between three friends. This conversation is being shared, so that others may join in and comment)

Gurvinder: It will be worthwhile, once in a while, to share any questions or views among us.

I feel that for most of us our education was incomplete. A dimension that is so important was completely left out.

Now the problem is that we find ourselves interested in these questions, but at the same time we feel the need for guidance from someone – either a Guru or tradition, or some system. So, one is a potential victim to the so called cunning Gurus who seek to exploit one’s ignorance. Let’s consider the following statement:

“The questioner asks me, ”Are you not yourself a guru? ” You can make me one, but I am not a guru. I do not want to be one for the simple reason that there is no path to truth. You cannot discover the path because there is no path. Truth is a thing that is living, and to a living thing there is no path – it is only to dead things that there can be a path. Truth being pathless, to discover it you must be adventurous, ready for danger, and do you think a guru will help you to be adventurous, to live in danger? To seek a guru obviously indicates that you are not adventurous, that you are merely seeking a path to reality as a means of security.” J. Krishnamurti

Continued (link www.lifeisrelationship.com)

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Picture Gallery: Children’s Program at The Study Centre
Children’s Program at The Study Centre
Experiencing the six tastes with Class 1 children:
Children in a balancing act:
Junior School Children in dialogue on the Nature of Fear:
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