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What does Krishnamurti invite us to do?

In this introductory series of four articles in the New Statesman, David Skitt writes about Krishnamurti in a personal and accessible way. He ends his last article with a question: “So is Krishnamurti’s case for a radical shift in human consciousness … what life now demands? Good question. One to plant like a seed.”

David Skitt

David Skitt was educated at Cambridge. From 1955 to 1985 he worked as an editor for the OECD and the European Space Agency in Paris. He is a emeritus trustee of the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust and an editor of several recent books including “To Be Human.” The articles were published in 2007.

Click here to read the articles:

http://www.newstatesman.com/writers/david_skitt

Brockwood Park School in the News

One small school in Hampshire, England, celebrated by prominent author and Wellington College headmaster, Anthony Seldon, has taken its own approach to mindfulness for 45 years. TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11717415.htm

The School Sitting Quietly

Mature Students at Yewfield in the English Lake District

This year the entire Mature Student group from Brockwood has been able to travel to Yewfield, in the English Lake District, for a very special five days. The Yewfield trip has meant spending time in this unique landscape and an opportunity to inquire into the question “What are we doing with our lives?”. Each day had been full of exciting work and experiences which have all supported individual learning and group-building. There have been sunrise/sunset dips in Tarn Hows, the nearby lake, and we undertook a 7.5 hour hike, which included climbing a 2500 foot mountain with the rocks moving beneath our feet! Yesterday we did landscape work in the surrounding forest, built fences and worked on a stone footpath. And every night there have been incredible dinners cooked by us working together in small teams. Very busy!

Text: Bailey Jacobs

Photographs: Francesca Sayer

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“Equilibrium”, poem by Mitia Klein

Mitia Klein is a fifteen-year-old student in his first year at Brockwood. He is from Pondicherry in India. Before coming to Brockwood Mitia attended The School KFI (Krishnamurti Foundation India) in Chennai. We hope you enjoy this second poem of his we share here.

 

Equilibrium

 

The man sits at the heart of the icy room, staring at the bare wall in front of him.

He is devoid of all emotions, thoughts, feelings, and stares through the barriers of time.

His soul resembles the greatest of chasms, dark as a moonless night,

Empty as the greatest lies of reality.

 

The square room is entirely grey, not even adorned by the tiniest of scratches.

For the first time, he closes his eyes, takes a deep breath, and then…

Opens them again. In front of him stands a grey door.

The empty being rises to his feet, walks to the door, and opens it.

 

A flashing multitude of colours blind him, and intensity becomes master.

Emotions seize control, and life streams into the empty one.

Fulfilled, he is now an element of consciousness.

The skies are ablaze, celebrating the return of life,

The valleys and forests, lush as they have never been.

 

The soul of the fulfilled one now burns ardently with a mighty light,

The light of purity, existence, and eternal knowledge.

 

Realisation strikes.

 

He had been holding in the deep breath, taken when he shut his eyes.

Slowly, all of the air silently leaks out, until none is left.

His eyes close again, and as they open, he perceives a colourless door in front of him.

The man opens it, and enters into the room of eternal Equilibrium.

 

Mitia

Brockwood Observer Autumn / Winter, Issue #42

Here is our Autumn/Winter issue of the Observer.

Perceptive poem by student Mitia Klein

Mitia Klein is a fifteen-year-old student in his first year at Brockwood. He was born in France and is currently from Pondicherry in India. Before coming to Brockwood Mitia attended The School KFI (Krishnamurti Foundation India) in Chennai. We hope you enjoy this perceptive poem of his. 

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A solitary stag, walking through the rays of the serene moon,

Its coat gleaming in the shiny light, looked proudly ahead.

The soft snow under his hooves cracks silently,

Whilst his deep brown eyes focus on the path ahead.

These eyes seem to be aware of every single movement,

His ears of every single noise,

Be it the crack of a twig or the heartbeat of an owl.

Maybe the snarl of a wolf.

Half a second of absolute silence,

Shattered in a thousand pieces.

Rapid running, breaking branches and furious snarls.

Half a second of absolute chaos,

Created by both fear and lust.

And then,

An eternity of serenity and soft white snow lit by shiny moonlight rays.

- Mitia Klein

Mitia

When Less is More

Journalist, writer and poet, Harry Eyres, has written an excellent article about Krishnamurti and the London Underground poster campaign in today’s Financial Times—page 20, Life & Arts section. You may read it here:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/a5712f7e-2482-11e3-8905-00144feab7de.html

 

The Underground Movement

The poster campaign of Krishnamurti quotes on the London Underground will begin on Monday (21st) and run for 2 weeks. Shown here are the 5 different quotes that are due to be displayed. There will be a total of 27 across-track posters up on platforms that are again listed at the end of this email. The posters will appear exactly as shown here, with the exception of the ‘War’ poster where the words ‘and bloody’ have been removed due to regulations governing advertising.

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The posters are unattributed, because we would like people to engage with the ideas before thinking about the person from whom they came. However, as soon as someone visits the website kft.org (due to be live Sunday evening) they will see the quote in the paragraph to which it belongs and there will be an introduction to Krishnamurti and his teachings.

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The Development Office at Brockwood has prepared a press release about the poster campaign and if you know someone in the media who might be interested in preparing a story on this please email us for details at: development@brockwood.org.uk

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UNDERGROUND STATIONS AT WHICH POSTERS WILL BE PLACED:

BALHAM, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
BERMONDSEY, JUBILEE LINE, PLATFORM 1, WESTBOUND
BLACKHORSE ROAD, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
CAMDEN TOWN, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
CHARING CROSS, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
CLAPHAM COMMON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
COLLIERS WOOD, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
EMBANKMENT, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 5, NORTHBOUND
ELEPHANT & CASTLE, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
EUSTON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
FINSBURY PARK, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND
HARROW-ON-THE-HILL, METROPOLITAN LINE, PLATFORM 6, SOUTHBOUND
HIGHGATE, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
KENTISH TOWN, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM LINE 1, NORTHBOUND
KINGS CROSS ST PANCRAS, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
RUSSELL SQUARE, PICCADILLY LINE, PLATFORM 2, WESTBOUND
SEVEN SISTERS, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 5, SOUTHBOUND
STOCKWELL, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 3, SOUTHBOUND
ST PAULS, CENTRAL LINE, PLATFORM 1, WESTBOUND
SOUTH WIMBLEDON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
SOUTH WIMBLEDON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
TOTTENHAM HALE, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
VICTORIA, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
WARREN STREET, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND
WEMBLEY PARK, METROPOLITAN LINE, PLATFORM 6, SOUTHBOUND
WATERLOO, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND

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Quiet at first, but then… (Brockwood in Bilbao)

School Co-Principal, Adrian Sydenham, and new staff member, Izaro Aramburu Arregui, recently presented Brockwood at the Biocultura fair in Bilbao. The following is an extract from an account Adrian wrote of the event which took place last weekend:

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“Probably we saw up to 50 visitors directly on this first day; quite a number of these had very small children and were simply curious when they had seen the word ‘school’; there were only two or three who seemed to have teenagers themselves, and only one more obvious actual teenager. The largest number of visitors belonged to an older group, with grown-up children, who had recognised the picture of Krishnamurti, were familiar with his general approach, and appeared pleased to have ‘reconnected’ with him. Most visitors went away with a copy of our Spanish/Basque leaflet (two of the visitors spoke Basque (with Izaro)as soon as they realised this was possible, some were given our new card with an aerial photo of the school on the front and which contains simple contact information or a copy of the ‘Beauty of the Mountain’.

“On the second day (Saturday) the number of stand visitors doubled to a solid hundred or more, many stopping for longer to ask questions and went away with school and/or Centre publicity. There were more children, including a handful of teenagers who generally seemed far less interested than their parents. Nevertheless, most children accepted a school DVD, and more parents took away a school prospectus, so perhaps something will come of that ! Still no English-language K-books sold. But more Basque-speakers, whose distinctive ‘Kaixo’ greeting provides a cheerful alternative to the ubiquitous ‘Hola’.”

Reflections on Education

Andrew Alexander has been a teacher for almost 40 years and along with his wife, Maggie, has been a regular visitor to Brockwood throughout that time. They had two sons attend Brockwood and Andrew was the Headteacher at Inwoods for a time. They have both now joined Brockwood as fulltime residential staff and Andrew is writing a regular blog about his this experience. See the following link:

http://reflectionssoneducation.blogspot.co.uk/2013_09_01_archive.html

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