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Date: November 2013
Photo by Sunil Janah(1976)

All life is an escape from fear. Your gods, your churches, your moralities are based on fear, and to understand that you have to understand how this fear comes about. Fear comes when thought looks back to things that have happened in the past or to events that may happen in the future. Thought is responsible for this.

Beyond Violence, Chapter 2

Surely fear is in the movement away from what is; it is the flight, the escape, the avoidance of actually 'what is'; it is this flight away that brings about fear. Also, when there is comparison of any kind, there is the breeding of fear: the comparison of what you are with what you think you should be.

Beyond Violence, Chapter 5

'Self-awareness' and the meditative quality in that awareness brings about a religious sense of unity. And human beings need this enormous sense of unity, which cannot be found through nationalities.

First Public Talk at Brockwood Park 25 August 1979 


What does FEAR do to you?

Exploring a Wholly different way of Living

Valley School Nature

First Sunday Meeting: November 3, 2013
Study Retreat, Nov 7-10, 2013, What does FEAR do to you?
Article: What is Education?
Sample Responses: Prejudice and Mechanical Living
Study Retreats 2013 – 2014 Calendar
Introduction to retreat – a Presentation?
Photo Gallery: Retreats and Trek photos
Video Gallery: School Program and Glacier
First Sunday Meeting: November 3, 2013

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, Nov 7-10, 2013, What does FEAR do to you?

Fear is one of the fundamental psychological phenomenon that all human beings experience. What is fear? Fear is always with respect to something that has happened in the past or something that may happen in the future. If some undesirable incident has happened in the past, the mind does not want that to happen again in the future. Something undesirable may have happened with one's friend, relative, or some entity such as religious organization or a nation. If one identifies with anyone, one identifies with their fears. For example, one may identify with injustice done to one's religious group in the past. Then one builds up self-defensive walls around oneself and the self-isolation begins. Finding the separation painful and full of conflict one reaches out to the other to have peace and harmony. Is peace and harmony possible when one has never examined the cause of fear?

The movement of fear brings about neurotic action of self-centered activity. Comparison and competition in education engenders fear of failure or not being as good as another. If this continues into adulthood, competition becomes a habit and the aggressive behavior manifests in every activity. This leads to self-isolation. A person habituated in competition will never know what true cooperation means.

The Study Retreat brings the various paradoxes of fear into focus. A mind used to looking at the activity of brain in fragments may not realize the connection between seeking pleasure and living a life in fear. Can the movement of seeking pleasure be seen as engendering fear? Pleasure and fear are opposite side of the coins. Fear follows pleasure. We will consider how seeking pleasure and fear are related. Freedom from seeking pleasure brings ending of fear. Then one can live with joy and peace and harmony. This harmony is not a goal to be achieved. The harmony is when the fear is not.

Article: What is Education?

Written by ex-student of The Valley School - Varun Palahalli

Education slowly began to seem like laser, which extracted the cataract in my view of the world. Therefore I can conclude, education now seems to me to be a process of sensitization, a process of self-realization, understanding and learning. It is a process through which one learns how to learn and how to use this acquired knowledge. Education helps us relate to other humans, to understand them and gives us the capacity to question others and ourselves.

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Sample Responses: Prejudice and Mechanical Living

The Valley School children come to the Study Centre in learning groups during the academic year. The following are sample responses to questions that were posed to the Middle School Students (Class V-VII) in mixed aged groups. The students had to write their responses.

What does prejudice do in relationship?
Why do I get used to the Banyan tree? Do I notice the trees, flowers, friends, teachers changing? What is the significance of change?
Why do I consider everyday chores as routine? Is there a different approach to my chores?
How do you differentiate learning from memorizing?

Read the responses
The Study Retreats 2013-2014

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.

Group Retreats with scheduled program:

Nov 7-10, 2013 : What does FEAR do to you?
Dec 11-15 , 2013 : **Retreat for the YOUNG(18-35)
  : Exploring a wholly different way of Living
Jan 9-12, 2014 : Silence , Stillness & Meditation
Feb 6-9, 2014 : Reconnecting with Nature
Mar 6-9, 2014 : Why do I get Angry?
April 10-13, 2014 : **Karnataka JK Adhayana Shibira: Understanding Relationship

** Retreat for Young and Karnataka JK Adhayana Shibira participants will be staying on a sharing basis in various rooms on the campus. The suggested contribution for these programs is Rs. 2150 inclusive of one time pick-up and drop to the city, food, accommodation, and study material.

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.

Participants for the retreats are encouraged to register early for single occupancy cottage accommodation. The suggested contribution for the study retreat to cover the cost of food, lodging, programs, study material, and transportation is Rs. 2950 per person. Please fill up the registration form and send it to the Study Centre, Bangalore. The registration form can be downloaded from the website www.kfistudy.org under News & Events.

Few cottages will be available for double occupancy. The suggested contribution for the study retreat is Rs. 2550.

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.

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.

Photo Gallery:
September Retreat Participants
October Retreat Participants
The Valley School Class XI Trek to Deo Tiba base camp
Video Gallery:
Sanskrit Play by Middle School Students
Deo Tiba Glacier
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.