The Krishnamurti Video screening at London University last night was fantastically well attended. With well over 100 people, of all ages and interests, squeezing in for what turned out to be an engaging and insightful evening. We watched the 3rd discussion between Krishnamurti and Dr Allan W. Anderson, titled ‘What Is Communication With Others’ and afterwards we had a dialogue and quick question and answer session about the KFT. It was great to see such numbers and such interest. For our next screening on February 18th, we will have to book a larger room, as from this photo you will see our attendees were pouring out into the corridors.
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“Wherever one goes in the world, India, Europe and America, one sees great sorrow, violence, wars, terrorism, killing, drugs – every kind of stupidity. One accepts these as though inevitable and easily puts up with them, or one revolts against them; but revolt is a reaction, as Communism is a reaction to Capitalism or Fascism.
So, without revolting, without going against everything and forming one’s own little group, or without following a guru from India or from elsewhere, without accepting any kind of authority – because in spiritual matters there is no authority – can we investigate these problems that human beings have had, centuries upon centuries, generation after generation, these conflicts, uncertainties, travails, all the things that human beings go through during life only to end in death, without understanding what it is all about?
Psychologically, inwardly, every human being, whoever he is, is the world. The world is represented in oneself and oneself is the world. That is a psychological, absolute fact; though one may have a white skin and another a brown or black skin, be affluent or very poor, yet inwardly, deep down, we are all the same; we suffer loneliness, sorrow, conflict, misery, confusion; we depend on someone to tell us what to do, how to think, what to think; we are slaves to propaganda from the various political parties and religions, and so on. That is what is happening all over the world inwardly; deep down, we are slaves to the propaganda of the experts, of the governments and so on, we are conditioned human beings, whether we live in India, Europe or America.
So, one is actually, psychologically, the world and the world is oneself. Once one realizes this fact, not verbally, not ideologically or as an escape from fact, but actually, deeply feel the fact, realize the fact, that one is not different from the other – however far away he is – inwardly he suffers greatly and is terribly frightened, uncertain, insecure, then one is not concerned with one’s little self, one is concerned with the total human being. One is concerned with the total human being – not with Mr X or Y or somebody else – but with the total psychological entity as a human being, wherever he lives. He is conditioned in a particular way; he may be a Catholic, a Protestant, or he may be conditioned by thousands of years of certain kinds of beliefs, superstitions, ideas and gods, as in India, but below that conditioning, in the depth of his mind, when alone, he is facing the same life of sorrow, pain, grief and anxiety. When one sees this as an actual, irrevocable fact, then one begins to think entirely differently and one begins to observe, not as an individual person having troubles and anxieties, but whole, entire. It gives one an extraordinary strength and vitality; one is not alone, one is the entire history of mankind – if one knows how to read that history which is enshrined in one. This is not rhetoric but a serious factor one is deeply concerned with, a fact which one denies, because one thinks one is so individualistic. One is so concerned with oneself, with one’s petty problems, with one’s little guru, with one’s little beliefs; but when one realizes this extraordinary fact, then it gives one tremendous strength and a great urgency to investigate and transform oneself, because one is mankind. When there is such transformation, one affects the whole consciousness of man because one is the entire humanity; when one changes fundamentally, deeply, when there is this psychological revolution in one, then naturally, as one is part of the total consciousness of the human being, which is the rest of humanity, its consciousness is affected. So, one is concerned to penetrate the layers of one’s consciousness and to investigate whether it is possible to transform the content of that consciousness so that out of that transformation a different dimension of energy and clarity may come into being.”
from The Wholeness of Life
J. Krishnamurti The Wholeness of Life Part II Chapter 7 1st Public Talk Ojai California 2nd April 1977 `Intelligence, in which there is complete security.’
Cartoon by David Pope
Sketch by Kalpana Balaji, of Vasanta Vihar, the headquarters of the Krishnamurti Foundation India in Chennai (Madras), where the public talks by Krishnamurti took place.
Questioner: What do you mean by freedom from the past?
Krishnamurti: The past is all our accumulated memories. These memories act in the present and create our hopes and fears of the future. These hopes and fears are the psychological future: without them there is no future. So the present is the action of the past, and the mind is this movement of the past. The past acting in the present creates what we call the future. This response of the past is involuntary, it is not summoned or invited, it is upon us before we know it.
Questioner: In that case, how are we going to be free of it?
Krishnamurti: To be aware of this movement without choice––because choice again is more of this same movement of the past––is to observe the past in action: such observation is not a movement of the past. To observe without the image of thought is action in which the past has ended. To observe the tree without thought is action without the past. To observe the action of the past is again action without the past. The state of seeing is more important than what is seen. To be aware of the past in that choiceless observation is not only to act differently, but to be different. In this awareness memory acts without impediment, and efficiently. To be religious is to be so choicelessly aware that there is freedom from the known even whilst the known acts wherever it has to.
Questioner: But the known, the past, still sometimes acts even when it should not; it still acts to cause conflict.
Krishnamurti: To be aware of this is also to be in a state of inaction with regard to the past which is acting. So freedom from the known is truly the religious life. That doesn’t mean to wipe out the known but to enter a different dimension altogether from which the known is observed. This action of seeing choicelessly is the action of love. The religious life is this action, and all living is this action, and the religious mind is this action. So religion, and the mind, and life, and love, are one.
J. Krishnamurti, The Urgency of Change, ‘The Religious Life’
When Bruce Lee was bedridden in 1970 with a bad back injury and his martial arts future was in jeopardy he discovered the work of Krishnamurti. He resonated particularly with K’s notion that “you have to be a light to yourself” and with K’s rejection of methods and beliefs. After reading K, Bruce Lee said, “I do not believe in styles anymore” and “where there is a way there lies the limitation.”
Lee’s newfound insights made their way into his acting work as well. In the 1971 television series “Longstreet”, for example, he addressed Mr. Longstreet, who came to him for instruction, as follows: “I don’t believe in systems, Mr. Longstreet, nor in method. And without system, without method, what’s to teach?”
Bruce Lee was inspired by Taoism as well as by Krishnamurti which is evident in what would become his motto: “Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation.”
This video tells the story of K’s impact on Bruce Lee:
The recent death of Dr Mary Cadogan, the first Secretary of the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust, has come as a great loss. Mary began working with Krishnamurti Writings Inc. in London in 1958; assisting with publications work and organizing public meetings and discussions with Krishnamurti. She became the European representative for the work, and was a key figure in establishing the KFT and Brockwood Park School in the 1960s. It was at Krishnamurti’s request that she became the first Secretary of the KFT; she remained a Trustee of the Trust and a Governor of Brockwood Park School until her recent death. Mary nurtured excellent relationships with the other Krishnamurti Foundations and Committees throughout the world. She edited Krishnamurti’s works, and arranged publication and translation of the books. She helped establish Brockwood Park School and the Krishnamurti Centre, and for over 50 years worked with a succession of Trustees. We shall miss her wise guidance, inspiring energy, affection and humour.
The following interview is the last that Mary gave. It was recorded at Brockwood Park on the 24th August 2014. Mary is interviewed by long-time supporter and friend of Brockwood, Taher Gozel. He asks Mary about the relationship between David Bohm and Krishnamurti, and about what it was like to work so closely with Krishnamurti.
It is 100 hundred years today since the birth of Jonas Salk. In 1948 Jonas assembled a skilled research team and together they discovered and developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine. It is something we rarely hear of today but until Jonas’ and co’s vaccine, polio was a serious health issue all over the world, resulting in the disabling and deaths of thousands every year, the most famous case being that of American president F.D.Roosevelt.
Upon the discovery of the vaccine Jonas Salk was asked who owned the patent to it and his reply was “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”. Had the vaccine been patented it is estimated to have been worth 7 billion dollars. Instead it was shared for free. Due to Mr Salk’s work there are now just a couple of hundred polio cases per year and that figure is falling fast. The disease shall soon be eradicated entirely.
Jonas was also interested in philosophy and he combined this with his knowledge of science to create what he called “biophilosophy” which he described as the application of a “biological, evolutionary point of view to philosophical, cultural, social and psychological problems”. During his philosophical inquiry he met and spoke at length with J.Krishnamurti and we hope you will enjoy this recording of their discussion.
Here is the link to the video:
“Have you ever woken up in the morning and looked out of the window, or gone out on the terrace and looked at the trees and the spring dawn? Live with it. Listen to all the sounds, to the whisper, the slight breeze among the leaves. See the light on that leaf and watch the sun coming over the hill, over the meadow. And the dry river, or that animal grazing and those sheep across the hill–watch them. Look at them with a sense of affection, care, that you do not want to hurt a thing. When you have such communion with nature, then your relationship with another becomes simple, clear, without conflict.”
J. Krishnamurti, Letters to the Schools, 1st November 1983
Photograph: Pavilions student and staff boarding accommodation at Brockwood–taken this morning.
“As most of us seek power in one form or another, the hierarchical principle is established, the novice and the initiate, the pupil and the Master, and even among the Masters there are degrees of spiritual growth. Most of us love to exploit and be exploited, and this system offers the means, whether hidden or open. To exploit is to be exploited. The desire to use others for your psychological necessities makes for dependence, and when you depend you must hold, possess; and what you possess possesses you. Without dependence, subtle or gross, without possessing things, people, and ideas, you are empty, a thing of no importance. You want to be something, and to avoid the gnawing fear of being nothing you belong to this or that organization, to this or that ideology, to this church or that temple; so you are exploited, and you in your turn exploit.”
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: