Having trouble viewing this email? Click here
Date: June, 2012

Why does the mind grow old? It is old, is it not, in the sense of getting decrepit, deteriorating, repeating itself, caught in habits -sexual habits, religious habits, job habits, or various habits of ambition. The mind is so burdened with innumerable experiences and memories, so marred and scarred with sorrow that it cannot see anything freshly but is always translating what it sees in terms of its own memories, conclusions, formulas, always quoting; it is authority-bound; it is an old mind. You can see why it happens. All our education is merely the cultivation of memory; and there is this mass communication through journals, the radio, the television; there are the professors who read lectures and repeat the same thing over and over again until your brain soaks in what they have repeated, and you vomit it up in an examination and get your degree and go on with the process -the job, the routine, the incessant repetition. Not only that, but there is also our own inward struggle of ambition with its frustrations, the competition not only for jobs but for God, wanting to be near him, asking the quick road to him. So, what is happening is that through pressure, through stress, through strain, our minds are being crowded, drowned by influence, by sorrow, consciously or unconsciously. We are wearing down the mind, not using it.
- J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

JUNE 2012 Poster
Click on the image to view full size
Spring in The Valley
June 2012 Retreat Participants
First Sunday Meeting: June 3
Study Retreat: June 7-10, 2012 : Understanding stress, anxiety & restlessness in daily life
Karnataka Gathering 2012 Summary
Study Retreats 2012 – 2013 Calendar
Introduction to retreat – a Presentation?
Parents Meetings: Impact of Media on Young minds
Photo Gallery
First Sunday Meeting: June 3

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.

Study Retreat: June 7-10, 2012 : Understanding stress, anxiety & restlessness in daily life

Most of us experience stress in our lives. We find various ways to cope with stress. The approach has been to find a way to manage stress. Various Yoga practices and meditation techniques promise a way out of stress. One of the key objectives of these techniques is to ‘slow down’ the thought process. This is beneficial to start with as one has the opportunity to see the functioning of the mind. However, what matters is the art of looking. If one looks at the complex thought process through ideas and theories and preconceived notions one is bound to get distracted. One can delude oneself that one has ‘improved’ as the tradition informs us that this improvement is gradual. By following a technique month after month and year after year one will attain the state of the Enlightenment. Let’s take various ways of concentration. As long as one is concentrating the mind becomes temporarily quiet. When the effort of concentration is not there the mind gets overwhelmed with thoughts. Then one feels that more concentration is needed with more advanced practices. So, this process goes on endlessly.

In this retreat we will explore a different approach to the question of stress. We will inquire into the nature of stress. What causes stress? Let’s say that living under the pressure of ambition brings about stress. Then can we understand ambition. By understanding is implied what has brought about ambition? Is ambition an individual phenomenon or is one influenced by society to be ambitious? What are the implications of ambition? Then one can ask is it possible to be free of ambition.

Karnataka Gathering 2012 Summary

The J. Krishnamurti Karnataka Gathering 2012 was held at the Valley School Campus between April 7 and 10. The theme of the gathering was ‘What is a Religious Mind?’ Seventy participants from Karnataka and adjoining states participated in the gathering.

The gathering began on a musical note on April 7th evening with a captivating Carnatic vocal concert by Ms. Arundathi Krishnan, an ex-Valley School student.
On April 8th the gathering was opened by lighting of lamp and chanting of shanti mantra. The theme of the gathering was initiated by Shri Chidanandji. He raised many vital questions. He stated that a religious mind is free from conflicts and illusions. The talk was followed with small group dialogues in Kannada and English.
On April 9th five new Kannada Books were released. The books released along with the respective translators are as follows:

  1. What does fear do to you? By Sri S. Diwakar
  2. What is to care? By H.S. Raghevndra Rao
  3. What does freedom mean? By Sri Girish Wagh
  4. To Live with Death – By Dr. Vanamala Vishwanath
  5. The whole movement of Life is Learning – By Dr. Mahabaleshwar Rao

The other meaningful activities during the gathering were silent nature walk sessions, body awareness sessions, and daily viewing of theme based videos by J.K.

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:

June 7-10, 2012 : Understanding stress, anxiety & restlessness in daily life
July 12-15, 2012 : “Understanding oneself” in the mirror of relationship
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.

Parents Meetings: Impact of Media on Young minds

During the parents teacher meetings at the Study Centre in March, one of the concerns that was raised was the impact of Media on Young minds. A relevant article was written in the Journal of the Krishnamurti Schools in 1998. The content of the article is relevant even today. Concerned parents may read the article.

Photo Gallery:
Karnataka Gathering 2012
All the photos in this newsletter have been taken by
Venkatesh B.N. He was a participant in the Karnataka Gathering

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.