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Date: March, 2012
“Surely, freedom from the self, and therefore the search for reality, the discovery and the coming into being of reality, is the true function of man.”
The first and last freedom, Part 2, Chapter 13, 6 august 1949
March Retreat Poster
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“To know one is conditioned is the first step towards freedom. But do we know how we are conditioned?”
The Collected Works, Vol. 8

“Don't you notice how little energy most of the people around you have, including your parents and teachers? They are slowly dying, even when their bodies are not yet old. Why? Because they have been beaten into submission by society. You see, without understanding its fundamental purpose which is to find extraordinary thing called the mind, which has the capacity to create atomic submarines and jet planes, which can write the most amazing poetry and prose, which can make the world so beautiful and also destroy the world - without understanding its fundamental purpose, which is to find truth or God, this energy becomes destructive; and then society says, "We must shape and control the energy of the individual."

So, it seems to me that the function of education is to bring about a release of energy in the pursuit of goodness, truth, or God, which in turn makes the individual a true human being and therefore the right kind of citizen. But mere discipline, without full comprehension of all this, has no meaning, it is a most destructive thing. Unless each one of you is so educated that, when you leave school and go out into the world, you are full of vitality and intelligence, full of abounding energy to find out what is true, you will merely be absorbed by society; you will be smothered, destroyed, miserably unhappy for the rest of your life. As a river creates the banks which hold it, so the energy which seeks truth creates its own discipline without any form of imposition; and as the river finds the sea, so that energy finds its own freedom.”
J. Krishnamurti Think On These Things Chapter 24

Where can Peace be found?

“Our question really is, is it not, whether peace is a result, the outcome of a cause, or whether peace is a state of being, not in the future or in the past, but now. If peace, if nonviolence is an ideal, surely it indicates that actually you are violent, you are not peaceful. You wish to be peaceful, and you give reasons why you should be peaceful, and being satisfied with the reasons, you remain violent. Actually, a man who wants peace, who sees the necessity of being peaceful, has no ideal about peace. He does not make an effort to become peaceful but sees the necessity, the truth of being peaceful. It is only the man who does not see the importance, the necessity, the truth of being peaceful who makes nonviolence an ideal - which is really only a postponement of peace. And that is what you are doing: you are all worshipping the ideal of peace and in the meantime enjoying violence...

Only when you are directly in touch with the problem, when you see that without peace today you cannot have peace tomorrow, when you have no reason for peace but actually see the truth that without peace life is not possible, creation is not possible, that without peace there can be no sense of happiness-only when you see the truth of that, will you have peace. Then you will have peace without any organization for peace. Sir, for that you must be so vulnerable, you must demand peace with all your heart, you must find the truth of it for yourself, not through organizations, through propaganda, through clever arguments for peace and against war. Peace is not the denial of war. Peace is a state of being in which all conflicts and all problems have ceased; it is not a theory, not an ideal to be achieved after ten incarnations, ten years or ten days. As long as the mind has not understood its own activity, it will create more misery; and the understanding of the mind is the beginning of peace.”

J. Krishnamurti, February 19, 1950. Bombay. Public Talk 2

The Valley School Mela
Peace Talks at The Study Centre, KFI, Bangalore
First Sunday Meeting: March 4
Study Retreat: March 8-11: Freedom, Responsibility, & Discipline
Peace Talks: Citizens for Peace holds a conference in the Study Centre
Study Retreats 2012 – 2013 Calendar
Introduction to retreat – a Presentation?
Photo Gallery: Peace Talks: Class XI Play - Alchemist
First Sunday Meeting: March 4

Venue: Mahasagar, near school main gate
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: March 8-11: Freedom, Responsibility, & Discipline

Is the demand for freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom to vote enough? Human beings have sought the outer freedom without realizing that the inner bondage is the cause of tyranny in the world. So, unless there is a demand for inner freedom, the outward tyranny and corruption will go on in different ways. The so called democratic system in US or India breeds corruption and tyranny in different forms.

Why there is no demand for inner freedom? When we demand inner freedom then our approach has to change. There is no longer agitation or opposition. Agitation and opposition is much easier to organize as there is a perceived perpetrator of injustice. Agitation has a strange way of attracting others who are agitated and a mob gets formed relatively easily. However, agitation and opposition will prevent looking at why human beings have put up with inner bondage. The inner bondage has to do with the conditioning of the mind.

What is conditioning of the mind? If we are playing any sport then the body has to have good conditioning to withstand the rigor of the game. Whereas, the conditioning of the mind implies that one is prisoner of the past accumulation. The mind is not free to look at what is actually going on. Therefore, the mind is not free to learn. We will explore if the mind can be free of conditioning. What is the nature of a free mind?

Freedom is generally understood as one’s urge to do what one feels like doing without any restraint. In order to regulate freedom a discipline is imposed from outside to make one conform to the rules of the society. Is it possible to be responsible, so that one is responding adequately to all the challenges that arise in life. We will together learn the relationship of freedom, responsibility, and discipline. We will explore the statement “Discipline is to exercise one’s freedom with responsibility.”

You are invited to join for a Study retreat starting on March 10 and ending on March 13 to explore the nature of inner freedom.

Peace Talks: Citizens for Peace holds a conference in the Study Centre

Citizens for Peace held ‘Peace Talks’ at the Study Centre, Bangalore. The invitees were well known scholars, grassroots activists, spiritual leaders representing minority groups across India. The Peace Talks provided a forum for exchange of views on the theme of ‘Identity.’ The starting premise of the conference was that ‘Identity’ is what makes each human being different from others. We need to respect the differences. In recognizing the differences comes tolerance and ultimately peace.

Vision: At Citizens for Peace, our search is for the thinking and ideas that will bring peace to a troubled society. What we see in India -- the violence, the divides, the scars on all sides -- worries us deeply.

Yet we believe, we must believe, in the dividends of peace. We are not naive enough to think that we will eradicate violence overnight, or by next year, or ever. But it's the striving to get there that pays dividends.

Certainly there's a long road to peace. But the road is the point. To that end, CfP has held a number of meetings with thinkers and activists from across the political spectrum. We have also held round-table discussions that have taken us beyond the superficial and let us come to grips with some of this country's more contentious issues. We actively seek this engagement, for we are tired of one-dimensional views that have led only to polarization and violence. More...

Article: Facing a World in Crisis by Mary Cadogan
He was the ultimate enigma, sometimes conveying clinical precision and sometimes a strange and mysterious quality. Over the years many people have asked me questions—what was it like to work with an enlightened man? It was amazing. How far was he involved in the day to day work? Not tremendously, but sometimes surprisingly vitally. Was he intimate and confiding about his personal feelings? Not really. Was he compassionate? Yes. Was one’s relationship with him formal or friendly? It was friendly. Did he check and edit his own talks for publication? No. Did he choose where and when he would hold meetings? Yes, in the main. Was he free of problems? Yes. Was he ever angry? Yes. Did he ever make mistakes? Yes. I don’t know whether I should be answering all these questions in detail. But I would like to share with you some of the things that have been triggers to the awareness of which he speaks... Facing a World in Crisis
Study Retreats 2012 – 2013 Calendar

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:

Mar, 8 - 11, 2012 : Freedom, Responsibility & Discipline.
April 7-10, 2012 : *Karnataka gathering: What is a Religious Mind ?
June 7-10, 2012 : Dealing with 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(age 18-35)—, Exploring Success, Happiness & Relationships
Jan 23-27, 2013 : Silence , Stillness & Meditation
Feb 7-10, 2013 : What does FEAR do to you ?
March 7-10 2013 : What’s my approach to the Problems of Living ?
April 4-7, 2013 : Karnataka Gathering: 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

For all the retreats the limit of participants is twelve people. Each person will be assigned a cottage on a non-sharing basis. The accommodation will be on a shared basis during the Karnataka and Youth gathering. Suggested contribution varies for retreat and gathering. Please get in touch with the Study Centre staff for more details. 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.

Facebook: Page and Group KFISTUDY
A facebook page has been created KFISTUDY. You can also interact with other retreat participants and friends of The Study Centre on KFISTUDY group.
Photo Gallery: Peace Talks
Class XI Play – Alchemist
Photos by MV Ranna
You can visit www.kfistudy.org for further information on the Study Centre. The registration forms can be downloaded from the website.