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Date: July 2013

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“To live in goodness means living excellently. And to live excellently does not mean to live in excellent houses, and to eat excellent food; all that comes second. To live excellently or, in other words, in excellence is to live with the highest capacity of your affection. It is to live and function to the highest capacity of your seeing things as they are. To live in excellence and to be excellent is not to be selfish.”

From booklet RV 80 years

“What is the relationship between discontent and meditation? What do you think? As we said, discontent most of us have. Either it becomes an all consuming flame or it is soon satisfied, smothered, by getting married, by having a job, by having children, or by joining some society, community, or becoming some ideologist. That flame which should be burning is gradually smothered. That is a fact. One is totally discontented with society, with the establishment, with short hair, grows long hair, you know the whole thing that goes on. So can discontent never be smothered? Never. Though one may have children, wife, never that flame wither away, die, become ashes…whether it is possible to keep this discontent at its highest excellence. Excellence means to reach the top of the mountain. Mediocrity means to go half way. “

Third Public Dialogue in Saanen, July 1977.


June 2013 Retreat Participants
First Sunday Meeting: July 7, 2013
Study Retreat July 11-14 2013: Exploring Excellence
Individual Retreat: July 18-21, 2013

June Retreat Reflections

Study Retreats 2013 – 2014 Calendar
Only The Sacred
Introduction to retreat – a Presentation?
Photo Gallery: Nature’s colors at the Valley
First Sunday Meeting: July 7, 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 July 11-14 2013: Exploring Excellence

Human beings have strived for excellence in various fields – science, technology, sports, music, architecture, and so on. The achievement or excellence comes about through effort, repetition, and will.

What does it mean to have excellence inwardly? Excellence will be the subject for our exploration in the upcoming retreat starting on July 11. Excellence implies living a life of goodness, creativity, and harmony in relationship. We will examine the role of effort to bring about any inner change? Does the making of effort bring about resistance within oneself? The resistance is the dissipation of energy.

We will also examine together the issue of right livelihood in a society that is based on division, ambition, and self-security. One can find a right means to livelihood when one has examined one’s own struggles, ambition, and envy. Only through individual change a profound change can come in society and not the other way round. The change may not be a gradual. We will discover together a factor that is not bound by time. One can start experimenting in one’s daily life and live an inwardly rich life starting NOW.

Individual Retreat: July 18-21, 2013

Individuals who have participated in organized retreats at the Study Centre, Bangalore can come together and explore into questions of life without any set program. This retreat is also proposed for individuals who have never been on individual retreat. One can explore whether it is possible to ‘hold’ a question and let the question reveal itself. When J. Krishnamurti proposed the Study Centre it was his view that individuals could take a break from the routine of their lives and look at one’s life afresh. This retreat provides such an opportunity.

During this retreat there will be no scheduled program. However, on the participant’s request a video, dialogue, or a nature walk could be arranged. This retreat will enable the participant to stay in silence and spend time in self-study. The participants can also interact and have dialogues with other like-minded participants. A pick-up and drop to the Jain Temple, Jayanagar will be arranged similar to other retreats.

June Retreat Reflections of some Participants

Echoes From The Valley

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:

July 11-14, 2013 : Exploring Excellence
Aug 8-11, 2013 : Exploring worry, tension, and conflict
Sept 5-8, 2013 : What is the purpose of Education?
Oct 10-13, 2013 : Living in the NOW
Nov 7-10, 2013 : The Art of Meditation
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

***Individual Retreats

July 18-21, 2013
Nov 21-24, 2013
Feb 20-23, 2014

** 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.

***Individual Retreats: During these retreats there will be no scheduled program. However, on the participant’s request a video, dialogue, or a nature walk could be arranged. This retreat will enable the participant to stay in silence and spend time in self-study. A pick-up and drop to the Jain Temple, Jayanagar will be arranged similar to other retreats.

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.

Only The Sacred

The interview with Gurvinder (Neetu) Singh on ‘The Valley School’ is a chapter in the recently published book ‘Only the Sacred’ edited and introduced by Peggy Whalen-Levitt, an educationist based in North Carolina, USA. Interview

Photo Gallery:Nature’s colors at the Valley