2011-2012 Year


No           Topic    Place     Arrival Departure
 1 Living without getting hurt - is it possible? Hyderabad,AP
 6 July 2011    
10 July 2011
 2 Life in relationship (Problems of relationship) Pune,MH
22 Aug 2011     
26 Aug 2011

 Religious mind in the Technological Age Kolhapur, MH Friday    
09 Sept 2011
13 Sept 2011
 4 Difficulties in the study of Krishnamurti teachings Dapoli, MH
 (Ratnagiri dist)
03 Oct 2011  
07 Oct 2011
 5 Integrating Education (What is right education) Panchgani,MH Thursday   
03 Nov 2011 
07 Nov 2011
 6 Learning about consciousness Pune,MH Monday
12 Dec 2011
16 Dec 2011
 7 What is love? 
 Why is that perfume missing in our life?
 Pune,MH Monday
9 Jan 2012
13 Jan 2012
 8 What is Creativity? Creativity in Daily Life Pune,MH Monday
06 Feb 2012
10 Feb 2012
 9 Is there a completely different way of living? Panchgani,MH Friday
02 Mar 2012
06 Mar 2012


Workshop Number 1: July 6 – 10, 2011 at Hyderabad 
Theme: Living without getting hurt—is it possible?
  “A physical hurt I can cure very easily. The body looks after itself and cures it. But the psychological hurt is the hurt of the image which thought has built about itself, and any derogatory word or incident hurts that image.”  
J. Krishnamurti

Right from the childhood we are constantly being hurt psychologically. These hurts affect all our actions in life and end up in generating lot of suffering for us. They also distort our outlook towards life and very often we end up living in a kind of protective shell which eventually cuts us off from the mainstream life. This results in decay and deterioration of us. 
  • Is it possible to live without getting hurt at all? 
  • Who is it that gets hurt? What is the mechanism of hurt? 
  • Is it possible to wipe away all the accumulated hurts and live a life completely free from the burden of the past? What kind of life that would be? 
All such questions and more will be dealt with in this workshop.

Workshop Number 2: August 22 – 26, 2011 at Pune
Theme: Life in relationship. Problems of relationship.
“Life is a movement in relationship. There is no escape from that. You may become a hermit, take
vows, put on strange garbs and all the rest of it, thinking yourself extraordinary, exceptional, but
you are related. To understand relationship is the most important thing in life; not god, not all these
scriptures, but to understand the depth, the meaning, the beauty, the quality, of relationship.”
 J. Krishnamurti

Our life is our relationship with the world around us. We are reflected exactly the way we are in our relationship to others. Why are there problems in our relationships? What is the basis, the quality and the nature of our relationship with others? These and many other such questions will be explored in this workshop with a particular focus on husband-wife, parent-children, teacher-student, and employer-employee relationships. Also the question of whether the relationship can be taken to a completely different dimension where no conflict is possible will be explored in this workshop. If you have problems of relationship and would like to resolve them through the understanding of their nature, this is the right workshop for you.

Workshop Number 3: September 9 – 13, 2011 at Kolhapur
Theme: Religious mind in the technological age.
“A religious mind is free of the past; a religious mind is free of time, because time belongs to the positive and negative reactions. So a religious mind is a mind that is capable of thinking precisely, not in terms of negative and positive. Therefore, such a religious mind has within it the scientific mind, but the scientific mind does not have the religious mind in it. The religious mind contains the scientific mind; but the scientific mind cannot contain the religious mind, because that is based on time, on knowledge, on achievement, success, utilization.”
- J. Krishnamurti

Most of the major religions in the world are based on belief, faith and sentimentality. They demand faith in some concepts, ideas and are not open to investigation. They are based on fear and exploit constant human search for security. Their concept of god is more a result of faith than the actual experiencing of the reality of god. This has given rise to many foolish ideas, meaningless rituals and traditions. But by questioning all these, the science has struck at the very roots of traditional religiosity. The scientific conclusions based on accurate observations, precise measurements, constant verification through experiments, have rendered all the old religious beliefs meaningless. 
  • Is there any place for religion in the present modern, technological age? 
  • Can a scientific mind be also religious?
  • Instead of man-made religions which are based on fear and faith, can there be a natural basis for religiosity which is not invented by thought but is a consequence of natural order? 
  • Do the morality and ethical values exist objectively in nature or they are merely subjective ideas formulated by human mind out of its own blind beliefs, faiths and traditions? 
  • What does religion mean in our daily life? Is there a permanent psychological security for human beings?
  • What is the difference between man-made laws and natural laws? 
All such questions and more will be explored in this workshop.
Workshop Number 4: October 3 – 7, 2011 at Dapoli, Ratnagiri District
Theme: Difficulties in the study of Krishnamurti’s ‘Teachings’.
“You may know the superficial layers of your mind; but to know the unconscious motives, drives,
fears, the hidden residue of tradition, of racial inheritance—to be aware of all that and to give it close
attention is very hard work, it demands a great deal of energy. Most of us are unwilling to give close
attention to these things; we have not the patience to go into ourselves step by step, inch by inch, so
that we begin to know all the subtleties, the intricate movements of the mind. But it is only the mind
which has understood itself in its totality and is therefore incapable of self-deception—it is only such
a mind that can free itself of its past and go beyond its own movements within the field of time. This
is not very difficult, but it requires a great deal of hard work.”
- J. Krishnamurti
What is Krishnamurti’s Teaching? Why should anyone study it at all? Why is it so
difficult? Is it meant for highly intellectual people? Can an illiterate person study it? Is it
merely a theoretical concept or it has a practical value in one’s daily life? How does one
practice it in one’s life? How does one study these teachings? Do I have to live my life
according to what Krishnamurti has said, or can I not live it in my own way? What are the
difficulties one encounters while studying the teachings and how they can be overcome
will be the concern during this workshop. For the long time students of Krishnamurti, this
is a unique opportunity of taking stock of what one has been studying and where has it
lead oneself to. For the new comers to Krishnamurti, this workshop offers an opportunity
to begin the study in a right way.
Workshop Number 5: November 3 – 7, 2011 at Panchgani, Maharashtra
Theme: Integrating Education. What is right education?
“Though there is a higher and wider significance to life, of what value is our education if we never
discover it? We may be highly educated, but if we are without deep integration of thought and
feeling, our lives are incomplete, contradictory and torn with many fears; and as long as education
does not cultivate an integrated outlook on life, it has very little significance.”
“The individual is made up of different entities, but to emphasize the differences and to encourage the
development of a definite type leads to many complexities and contradictions. Education should
bring about the integration of these separate entities—for without integration, life becomes a series of
conflicts and sorrows. Of what value is it to be trained as lawyers if we perpetuate litigation? Of
what value is knowledge if we continue in our confusion? What significance has technical and
industrial capacity if we use it to destroy one another? What is the point of our existence if it leads to
violence and utter misery?”
- J. Krishnamurti
The present education divides human beings as it is based on comparison, competition
and focused on developing a student as an exclusive entity. This results in all kinds of
divisions in the human society. Divisions based on nationality, religion, race, language,
culture, as if were not enough and hence economical disparity has become another factor
of division. Fee-based education has created divisions among the students. The days of
economically poor and rich students studying together seem to be over. This rift in the
status in school grows further and causes much larger divisions in the society as the
student comes out of the school and starts living his life. The economic division seem to
be overpowering all other types of divisions. Is there a way of educating which will
integrate the human being with other human beings, with nature, rather than isolate him
from them? Can there be an education which will develop the student into inclusive kind
of personality rather than make him exclusive? Is every human being unique? Where does
that uniqueness lie? Can education nurture that uniqueness? All such and more will be
considered during this workshop. There is a separate brochure just for this workshop
giving all the further details of the programme.
Workshop Number 6: December 12 – 16, 2011 at Pune
Theme: What is our consciousness? Learning about consciousness.
“My consciousness is made up of all this. My consciousness is used to the process of time, my
consciousness thinks in terms of gradualness, my consciousness is practice and through practice to
achieve, which is time. My consciousness is a process of time. Now I am asking that consciousness,
can it go beyond this? Can we, who are caught in the movement of time, go beyond time? That
question, consciousness cannot answer. Consciousness does not know what it means, because it can
only think in terms of time and when questioned whether this process can end in which there is no
time, it cannot answer, can it?”
- J. Krishnamurti
What is consciousness? What is it made of? Is consciousness limited to plant, animal and
human consciousness or there are possibilities beyond. How does understanding of the
consciousness help us live better? What are conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious
layers of our existence? What is conditioning? Can it be broken through? How can one
reach the deeper unconscious layers in oneself and cause a change there? All this and
more will be the content of this workshop.
Workshop Number 7: January 9 – 13, 2012 at Pune
Theme: What is love? Why that perfume is missing in our life?
“You see, the educator is generally concerned about himself, he is caught up in his personal worries
about his family, his money, his position. He has no love in his heart, and this is one of the difficulties
in education. You may have love in your heart, because to love is a natural thing when one is young;
but it is soon destroyed by the parents, by the educator, by the social environment. To maintain that
innocence, that love which is the perfume of life, is extraordinarily arduous; it requires a great deal of
intelligence, insight.”
- J. Krishnamurti
Usually love is understood in the context of attachment, jealousy, sentimentality,
emotions. But is that love? Why there is no love in our relationships? What is that quality
of love which is missing from our life? What are the obstructions to love and how they can
be overcome? Does love necessarily involve sex? Why has sex become such an important
issue in human life? Is love blind? Is love binding? What does freedom mean in the
context of love? What is death and how is it related with love? Does intelligence
necessarily imply love? Why do human beings suffer? Can there be an end to suffering?
All this and more is the theme of this workshop.
Workshop Number 8: February 6 – 10, 2012 at Pune
Theme: What is creativity? Creativity in daily life.
“Is it not possible for a mind to be completely in a state of not knowing, so that it is capable of
sensitivity, so that it can receive? Is not the highest form of thinking the completely negative state of
the mind in which there is no accumulation, in which therefore there is complete poverty of mind—
poverty in the most dignified, profound sense? It is new soil, it is a mind in which there is no
knowledge; therefore, it is the Unknown. It is only then the Unknown can come to the Unknown.
The known can never know the Unknown. Sirs, this is not just a statement; but if you listen to it, if
you listen to the real meaning of it, you will know the truth of it. But the man of vanity, the man of
knowledge, the scholar, the man who is pursuing a result, can never know the Unknown; therefore he
cannot be a creative being. And at the present time it is the creative being—the man who is
creative—that is essential in our daily life, not a man who has a new technique, a new panacea. And
there can be no creativeness if there is already a residue of knowledge. The mind must be empty to be
creative. It means the mind must be totally and completely humble. Then only is there a possibility of
that creativity to come into being.”
- J. Krishnamurti
Most of us live our life in a routine, habitual, traditional way which leads to boredom,
loneliness and eventual depression. There is hardly any creativity in our daily life. What is
creativity? Does one have to be an artist, poet, musician, etc. to be creative? Can one live
and do everything in a creative way? All such questions and more will be taken up for
exploration in this workshop.
Workshop Number 9: March 2 – 6, 2012 at Panchgani, Maharashtra
Theme: Is there a completely different way of living?
“One can see very clearly that one must lay a new foundation for a different kind of living, a
different way of looking at life as a whole, not fragmentarily, a way of thinking when it is absolutely
necessary, most efficiently, logically, and sanely, but while the mind is not functioning in thought,
for the mind to be completely quiet the rest of the time. A way of living where action is complete and
not contradictory, so that one action doesn't deny or bring about corruption, or disintegration in
other activities. A way of living that is of tremendous enjoyment, great delight, without the
exhausting process of pleasure. And also a way of life that is completely and utterly peaceful. Now
can all this be realized in our daily living? That's what I would like to talk about, if that is what you
also want.”
- J. Krishnamurti
Are we happy the way we are living? The daily routine, boredom, problems in
relationships, conflicts, tensions at home and at working place, constant pursuit of
pleasure, struggle for achievement, all this interspersed with occasional joys and
moments of happiness seems to be our daily life. Is this all life is about? If not, then what
are we doing with our life? Is there a way of living which is completely different from that
described above? How does one find out? What is the deeper significance of life? What is
the purpose of human life? Can it be realized in our daily life and not remain just as an
intellectual concept? A journey of exploration into our own daily life and the possibilities
beyond will be taken up in this workshop. If you are not happy the way you are living and
want to explore the possibility of a deep radical change, this is the workshop for you. This
workshop does not promise change but invites you to join the exploration into the depths
and expanses of human life.