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Date: November, 2012

I think constant endeavor to be something, to become something, is the real cause of the destructiveness and the aging of the mind. Look how quickly we are aging, not only the people who are over sixty, but also the young people. How old they are already, mentally! Very few sustain or maintain the quality of a mind that is young. I mean by young not the mind that merely wants to enjoy itself, to have a good time, but the mind that is uncontaminated, that is not scratched, warped, twisted by the accidents and incidents of life, a mind that is not worn out by struggle, by grief, by constant strivings. Surely it is necessary to have a young mind because the old mind is so full of the scars of memories that it cannot live, it cannot be earnest; it is a dead mind, a decided mind. A mind that has decided and lives according to its decisions is dead. But a young mind is always deciding anew, and a fresh mind does not burden itself with innumerable memories. A mind that carries no shadow of suffering, though it may pass through the valley of sorrow, remains unscratched. I do not think such a young mind is to be acquired. It is not a thing that you can purchase through endeavor, through sacrifice. There is no coin to it and it is not a marketable thing, but if you see the importance of it, the necessity of it, if you see the truth of it, then something else takes place. - J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

It is always difficult to keep simple and clear. The world worships success, the bigger the better; the greater the audience the greater the speaker; the colossal super buildings, cars, aeroplanes and people. Simplicity is lost. The successful people are not the ones who are building a new world. To be a real revolutionary requires a complete change of heart and mind, and how few want to free themselves. One cuts the surface roots; but to cut the deep feeding roots of mediocrity, success, needs something more than words, methods, compulsions. There seem to be few, but they are the real builders; the rest labor in vain. - Letters to a Young Friend,18

We seek happiness through things, through relationship, through thoughts, ideas. So things, relationship, and ideas become all-important and not happiness. When we seek happiness through something, then the thing becomes of greater value than happiness itself. When stated in this manner, the problem sounds simple and it is simple. We seek happiness in property, in family, in name; then property, family, idea become all-important, for then happiness is sought through a means, and then the means destroys the end. Can happiness be found through any means, through anything made by the hand or by the mind? Things, relationship, and ideas are so transparently impermanent, we are ever made unhappy by them. Things are impermanent, they wear out and are lost; relationship is constant friction and death awaits; ideas and beliefs have no stability, no permanency. We seek happiness in them and yet do not realize their impermanency. So sorrow becomes our constant companion and overcoming it is our problem. To find out the true meaning of happiness, we must explore the river of self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is not an end in itself. Is there a source to a stream? Every drop of water from the beginning to the end makes the river. To imagine that we will find happiness at the source is to be mistaken. It is to be found where you are on the river of self-knowledge. - J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

What a thing is relationship, and how easily we fall into that habit of a particular relationship, things are taken for granted, the situation accepted and no variation tolerated; no movement towards uncertainty, even for a second, entertained. Everything is so well regulated, so made secure, so tied down, that there is no chance for any freshness, for a clear reviving breath of the spring. This and more is called relationship. If we closely observe, relationship is much more subtle, more swift than lightning, more vast than the earth, for relationship is life. Life is conflict. We want to make relationship crude, hard, and manageable. So it loses its fragrance, its beauty. All this arises because one does not love, and that of course is the greatest thing of all, for in it there has to be the complete abandonment of oneself.
- Letters to a Young Friend,12

Retreat for Young

Shri Ramakant Gundecha sings in Dhrupad style at the Study Centre

Art Convention Display
October Retreat Participants
First Sunday Meeting: November 4, 2012
Retreat for the YOUNG(18-35): Dec 6-9: Exploring Success, Happiness & Relationships
Study Retreats 2012 – 2013 Calendar
Introduction to retreat – a Presentation?
Art Convention 2012
Photo Gallery: Art Convention 2012
First Sunday Meeting: November 4, 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.

Retreat for the YOUNG(18-35): Dec 6-9: Exploring Success, Happiness & Relationships

The intention of the retreat is to bring clarity to the issues faced by young people such as finding a right livelihood in which one is happy, discovering ones relationship with human beings and nature, and social responsibility.

The young people have numerous questions that are rarely addressed in a holistic manner. Young people have many concerns regarding the degeneration of our society at all levels – political, social, ecological, and economic level. Yet, a young person is pressurized to conform to an essentially corrupt system. This leads to various contradictions. The discontent in a Young person is not allowed by society to become a flame and find a creative response.

A mind can be kept young through a process of inquiry into the nature of the mind. The process of inquiry has to be at the individual level and also along with others who are equally interested. In a shared inquiry we may ask what are the implications of pursuing success. Success at what cost? Does success really bring about happiness? The art of asking the right question opens the window to the unknown. Inquiry releases the mind from its anchor in the known. Then there is a possibility of living in freedom. Freedom is necessary to have a creative impulse.

The retreat will cover themes such as Success, Happiness, and Relationships. The participants examine the themes without any presumption or motive. During the day many contemplative activities, such as nature walk, reflections, body awareness, and so on are scheduled to slow down the mind and learn about the nature of mind and its relationship with the outer – the world outside of oneself.

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.

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 ?
Feb, 9 - 12, 2012 : Ending of Conflict.
Mar 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.

Art Convention 2012

A Convention of Visual and Performing arts was held between Oct 15 and Oct 20 at the Valley School campus. The intent of the convention was to provide an opportunity for young minds to interact and work with professionals and enhance their skills and interests in art related activities. Performances by musicians and talks by scholars added value to the convention. Twenty five schools participated in the convention. Each school sent five children with a teacher escort. There was an intense atmosphere of learning in various areas – music, fine arts, pottery, weaving, dance, theatre, and so on. The children and participating adults created high quality display material and performance on the last day.

On the last day a newsletter on the Convention was released. Speaking on the importance of Art in our Everyday Life, Shwetal Bhatt writes: “When we start using our body and mind together we start sensing a resonance with the world around us. If we have woven a basket we may think twice before removing a bird’s nest from our balcony. If we have attempted to make perfect round chapatis, we won’t bargain with the potter over the cost of a diya. If we have tended a garden we will look at a
huge rain tree in awe. If we have sketched the bark of a tree we may begin to appreciate the lines on our face. The crow may teach us a note. We may sense a rhythm in the flow of the traffic and the blare of the horns in the rush hour traffic. By letting our hands do what they were meant to do we may help our eyes see things differently and our mind think differently.”
Click following links to download the complete newsletter.

Newsletter part 1 (pg 1 2)
Newsletter part 2 (pg 3 4 5 6)
Newsletter part 3 (pg 7 8)

You can also listen to children music presentation on youtube. This is a presentation by children on the final day of the Convention of Visual and Performing Arts 2012 hosted by The Valley School, Bangalore. The children sing some folk songs, Hindustani music, and Carnatic music. The children learned these composition during the convention.

Photo Gallery: Art Convention 2012
You can visit www.kfistudy.org for further information on the Study Centre. The registration forms can be downloaded from the website.