Aldous Huxley and Jiddu Krishnamurti met in California in early 1938 and became friends for life. Krishnaji’s spoke of their friendship as such: “[we] had a strange relationship with each other, affectionate, considerate and, it seems, non-verbal communication”. Find out more below by clicking on this link:
With just a handful of staff and mature students present amidst the tranquil summer days at Brockwood, we are steadily working in preparation for your visit in August. The excitement is slowly building up as we allocate rooms, count out all the teaspoons, make plans for where the sheep will go when the campers arrive, and finalise the programme of events. The gardens are being meticulously pruned and weeded, t-shirts to commemorate our 45 years are being printed, DJ’s are being sought and reminders are sent out for gathering items for the auction and workshops. We have also been busy capturing the scenes we love at Brockwood and wished to share these with you in reminiscence of the spaces you once roamed and wandered through. Accompanying these images, filmed by current student Ewan Benoit, is a melodious classical piece by Debussy, often played by Alan Rowlands during Sunday Morning Meetings back when I was a student in the 90’s. Here it is performed by Jerome Blanche in a live recording.
Enjoy this trip down memory lane and see if you can notice the changes in the landscape.
Reunion Website: reunion.brockwood.org.uk
Fifth Public Talk, 15th July 1980, Saanen
Bombay (Mumbai) 1984 – Question #4 from Question and Answer Meeting #1
I wonder when was the last time you sent, or received, a postcard? Perhaps you have a couple stuck to your fridge or cupboard doors right now. The photograph of an exotic setting, the foreign post-mark and stamp, and the sunny message scribbled in a familiar hand on the back, make this small colourful gift, survivor of the long journey to your letterbox, not so easily forgotten or ignored as an email or a text.
We would like to encourage as many alumni as possible – attending or not attending the Reunion – to send us a postcard in the coming weeks before 21st August. You are spread around the world and in anticipation of the Reunion, we are hoping to gather images and messages that reflect our global community and the thoughts we wish to share with one-another. We will post these on the Reunion website before the event and during the Reunion, they will be on a giant pin-board inside the marquee.
Remember, whether you are attending or not, what is the message you would like to share with everyone (or with just a few) in advance of the Reunion? Send your cards to: Reunion Reflections, Brockwood Park School, Bramdean, Hants, SO24 0LQ, UK. Keep your eye out for the cards on the Reunion website.
Photographs by Sarah Lewis
In just 6 weeks’ time we will be welcoming many of you back at Brockwood.
We are receiving new registrations every day, and it is not too late to encourage alumni friends to sign up and join us for the 21st August.
Here is the list of participants so far. As you can see there are alumni attending from each of Brockwood’s 45 years.
Your name will be added to the list at http://reunion.brockwood.org.uk/participants/ once you have registered.
For all registrations visit our reunion website page
See you all very soon,
A new report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities makes for interesting reading in the light of Krishnamurti’s observations (e.g. the following extract) on doing nothing…
“I do not know if you have noticed that the moment you cease to be active, there is immediately a feeling of nervous apprehension; you feel as though you are not alive, not alert, so you must keep going. And there is the fear of being alone – of going out for a walk alone, of being by yourself without a book, without a radio, without talking, the fear of sitting quietly without doing something all the time with your hands or with your mind or with your heart.”
J. Krishnamurti, July 17th, 1949, Ojai, California
See The Guardian article “Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain than being made to sit and think” here:
“When the things of the mind don’t fill your heart, then there is love; and love alone can transform the present madness and insanity in the world—not systems, not theories, either of the left or the right. You really love only when you do not possess, when you are not envious, not greedy, when you are respectful, when you have mercy and compassion, when you have consideration for your wife, your children, your neighbour, your unfortunate servants. Love cannot be thought about, love cannot be cultivated, love cannot be practised. The practice of love, the practice of brotherhood, is still within the field of the mind, therefore it is not love. When all this has stopped, then love comes into being, then you will know what it is to love.”
(J. Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom, p 234; Photo by Friedrich Grohe, of the Col du Pillon, Switzerland)