J Krishnamurti Wolf Lake School 2
Publisher: M-Y Books
Date: December 2011
Duration: 1 hours 24 minutes
In the second of a series of talks at Wolf Lake School, J. Krishnamurti opens by asking his audience, are we here, in ourselves and in our work as teachers, educators, as a stepping stone to further things? This question is important, he says, because, "'This is a temporary abode, a temporary state and from here move to a higher level or further away. I think we ought to answer this question because if we are going to create a school of this kind together we must be very clear what our intentions are. Not for a short period but for the entire of our life. I think we ought to be clear on that matter. Because if we are using this as a merely a stepping stone to further higher away from here then that has quite its own movement.' He says that if their intention is to create a school together they (and he) will face an uphill struggle. He goes on to talk about when he started up his schools in India (of which he was the Head) in the Rishi Valley. They had no lighting, no electricity, no water, in fact no conveniences at all and the staff and pupils went to bed with the sun and got up with the sun. But they were a dedicated and determined group so they slept on the floors and went through enormous difficulties - yet the school grew from that dedicated few people to a 'great big affair' with three hundred students, plans for teacher training and four hundred acres of grounds. He goes on to talk about the other schools in India and how their experience relates to the challenges of setting up something similar in Canada.
ABOUT J. KRISHNAMURTI
Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895-February 17, 1986) was a world renowned writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual subjects. His subject matter included: the purpose of meditation, human relationships, the nature of the mind, and how to enact positive change in global society.
Krishnamurti was born into a Telugu Brahmin family in what was then colonial India. In early adolescence, he had a chance encounter with prominent occultist and highranking theosophist C.W. Leadbeater in the grounds of the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar in Madras (now Chennai). He was subsequently raised under the tutelage of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, leaders of the Society at the time, who believed him to be a vehicle for an expected World Teacher. As a young man, he disavowed this idea and dissolved the worldwide organization (the Order of the Star) established to support it. He claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world as an individual speaker, speaking to large and small groups, as well as with interested individuals. He authored a number of books, among them The First and Last Freedom, The Only Revolution, and Krishnamurti's Notebook. :" In addition, a large collection of his talks and discussions have been published. At age 90, he addressed the United Nations on the subject of peace and awareness, and was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal. His last public talk was in Madras, India, in January 1986, a month before his death at home in Ojai, California.
His supporters, working through several nonprofit foundations, oversee a number of independent schools centered on his views on education - in India, England and the United States - and continue to transcribe and distribute many of his thousands of talks, group and individual discussions, and other writings, publishing them in a variety of formats including print, audio, video and digital formats as well as online, in many languages.