Krishnamurti on his teachings and Study Centres:
As I see it, a Study Centre has become a necessity because that is the place where the treasure is right? The treasure. From that treasure you can draw. You understand? You can draw your strength, you can draw your energy, you can draw your sustenance, nourishment, and so on. Schools have their limitations, right? Here – I don’t know how to put it – here is something that is sacred; let’s call it for the moment. And from that everything flows.

(Rishi Valley, 19 December 1985)

The person who taught the teachings is unimportant. The teachings are important, and the teachings cover the whole field of life.  

(Ojai, 20 March 1977)

The ‘teachings’ are not something out there in a book. What the teaching is or says, ‘Look at yourself, go into yourself, inquire into what there is, understand it, go beyond it’, and so on.  You are not to understand the teachings; you are to understand yourself. The teachings are only a means of pointing, of explaining, not the teachings but the understanding of yourselves.  Do not try to understand what the speaker says, but understand that what he says acts as a mirror in which you look at yourself.  When you look at yourself very carefully, then the mirror will not be important; you will be able to throw it away.

(Rajghat, 25 November 1981)

Questioner: Sir, I wanted to ask you about the proposed Study and what it means to study the teachings.

Krishnamurti: If I went to the Study, first of all I would want to be quiet, not bring problems there – not my household problems, business preoccupations, and so on.  And also I think I would want what K says to be entirely part of my life, not just that I have studied K and I repeat what he says.  Rather, in the very studying of it, I am really absorbing it, not bits of it here and there, not only just what suits me….

If I went there to study what K is saying, I would want to investigate it, question it, doubt it; not just read something and then go away.  I would be reading, not just to memorize; I would be reading to learn, to see what he is saying and my reactions to it, whether it corresponds or contradicts, whether he is right or I am right, so that there is constant communication and interchange between what I am reading and what I am feeling.  I would want to establish a relationship between what I am reading, seeing, hearing and myself with my reactions, conditioning, and so on – a dialogue between him and me.  Such a dialogue must inevitably bring about a fundamental change.

Let us say that a man like you comes to this Study. You take all the trouble to come to this place, and for the first few days you may want to be quiet.  If you are sensitive, you realize there is something here which is different from your home, totally different from going to a discussion somewhere.  Then you begin to study; and not only you but all the people living here are studying, seeing, questioning. And everyone actually listening with their whole being will naturally bring about a religious atmosphere.

That is what I would want if I went there. I would be sensitive enough to quickly capture what K is saying.  And at lunch, or while walking or sitting around together in the sitting room, I might like to discuss.  I might say, ‘Look, I didn’t understand what he meant by that, let’s talk about it.’ Not ‘You tell me about it’, or ‘I know better’ – ‘Let’s go into it’; so it will be a living thing.

      (Brockwood Park, England, Undated)

And I think it is essential sometimes to go to retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or do not believe. You would then let in fresh air into your minds. Wouldn’t you? That means you must be insecure, must you not? If you can do so, you would be open to the mysteries of nature and to things that are whispering about us, which you would not otherwise reach; you would reach the God that is waiting to come, the truth that cannot be invited but comes itself.

    (Madras, 5 January 1952)

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