A talk given at the 45th Anniversary Alumni Reunion in August, by Bill Taylor.
An exhibition on a different approach to ‘A world in Crisis’ will be shown for the first time in New Zealand from Friday 21st November – Sunday 23rd November 2014. The exhibition contains photo-journalistic material with commentary by J. Krishnamurti. For more details visit:
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Brockwood Park School has again participated in the Biocultura Professional Fair. The primary objective of this international expo is to bring some positive and contemporary changes in working towards a better environment. The fair was located for the second time in Bilbao and one of our school’s two Basque (Euskara) speakers, Izaro, proved to be an invaluable asset. Here, under K’s watchful eye, she convinces a visitor that his future children need to be attending Brockwood Park School.
“Surely, in ending there is renewal, is there not? It’s only in death that a new thing comes into being. I am not giving you comfort. This is not something to be believed or thought about or intellectually examined and accepted, for then you will make it into another comfort, as you now believe in reincarnation or continuity in the hereafter, and so on. But the actual fact is that that which continues has no rebirth, no renewal. Therefore, in dying every day there is renewal, there is a rebirth. That is immortality. In death there is immortality, not the death of which you are afraid, but the death of previous conclusions, memories, experiences, with which you are identified as the ‘me’. In the dying of the ‘me’ every minute there is eternity, there is immortality, there is a thing to be experienced––not to be speculated upon or lectured about, as you do about reincarnation and all that kind of stuff.
When you are no longer afraid, because every minute there is an ending and therefore a renewal, then you are open to the unknown. Reality is the unknown. Death is also the unknown. But to call death beautiful, to say how marvelous it is because we shall continue in the hereafter and all that nonsense, has no reality. What has reality is seeing death as it is, an ending; an ending in which there is renewal, a rebirth, not a continuity. For that which continues decays; and that which has the power to renew itself is eternal.”
J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr Mary Cadogan on the 27th September in London from complications arising from cancer. Mary began working for Krishnamurti as his secretary in England in 1958. She was the first Trustee to be appointed to the KFT and remained a Trustee up to the time of her death. She was involved in the establishment of Brockwood Park and has been actively engaged in its operation ever since. A member of the KFT Publications Committee, Mary was herself a published author of 28 books. In 2009 she was awarded a doctorate by Lancaster University for her services to children’s literature and the editing and publication of Krishnamurti’s books.
The following talk was given by Mary one month ago at the 45th Anniversary Alumni Reunion at Brockwood Park:
The Autumn/Winter 2009 Brockwood Observer had published an article about Mary which we would like to share here:
Here follow links to several obituaries:
“What happens when you do not name? You look at an emotion, at a sensation, more directly and therefore have quite a different relationship to it, just as you have to a flower when you do not name it. You are forced to look at it anew. When you do not name a group of people, you are compelled to look at each individual face and not treat them all as a mass. Therefore you are much more alert, much more observing, more understanding; you have a deeper sense of pity, love; but if you treat them all as the mass, it is over.
If you do not label, you have to regard every feeling as it arises. When you label, is the feeling different from the label? Or does the label awaken the feeling?
If I do not name a feeling, that is to say if thought is not functioning merely because of words or if I do not think in terms of words, images, or symbols, which most of us do, then what happens? Surely the mind then is not merely the observer. When the mind is not thinking in terms of words, symbols, images, there is no thinker separate from the thought, which is the word. Then the mind is quiet, is it not?––not made quiet, it is quiet. When the mind is really quiet, then the feelings which arise can be dealt with immediately. It is only when we give names to feelings and thereby strengthen them that the feelings have continuity; they are stored up in the center, from which we give further labels, either to strengthen or to communicate them.”
J. Krishnamurti. The Book of Life.