Foundation working to popularise J Krishnamurti’s message
Chennai: The Krishnamurti Foundation India is trying to reach out to the common man in as many ways as possible so that anyone who is seriously interested in philosophy gets a fair chance to understand J Krishnamurti's teachings.
S P Kandaswamy, secretary of the Foundation said the organisation wanted to go about the dissemination work without much fanfare. “Our focus is on making the teachings available through free newsletters, highly subsidized books, translations in all Indian languages, and providing Krishnamurti videos in Indian languages, besides donating books to public and private libraries and educational institutions," he said.
As part of this endeavour, the Foundation launched in 2006 its 'Krishnamurti Library Network Project', under which it has donated Krishnamurti's books to nearly 1,500 libraries in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.
The Foundation on Wednesday released a book of J Krishnamurti's talks titled 'Facing a World in Crisis,' at Vasanta Vihar, Chennai.
Speaking to mediapersons on the occasion on his experiences in China, Mark Lee of the Krishnamurti Foundation America said universities and students in China were receptive to Krishnamurti's teachings. A university professor in Beijing was of the view that in 10 years J Krishnamurti would be as widely known in China as the Buddha.
In the U.S. the response was even more heartening, he said. U.S. universities were drawn to Krishnamurti's 'avant-garde approach' to life and education, and his teachings were part of the curriculum in some universities. The Clintons, who visited the school founded by Krishnamurti in California, were impressed by the environmental education component in the curriculum and wanted to adopt it for the Clinton Global Initiative project for replication in schools worldwide. The American Foundation was organizing programmes for college students.
Teachings of J Krishnamurti project
The Foundations of India, USA and Britain have also embarked ‘The Complete Teachings of J Krishnamurti’ project, a massive publishing exercise to create a print and searchable digital record of Krishnamurti’s teachings.
To a question on the stressful lives led by many IT employees and the relevance of Krishnamurti in such workplaces, Mr Kandaswamy said, none of us is exempt from stress. Since Krishnamurti spoke about 'abandonment of self' and not about 'self-improvement' many people may not interpret it correctly, he said, adding Krishnamurti never dealt with abstract issues, but with those issues connected to daily lives.
Senior trustee of the UK Foundation, and writer Mary Cadogan spoke about Brockwood Park School in England.
Paloma Salvador of Fundacion Krishnamurti Latin Americana said Krishnamurti's teachings addressed the root of all problems. She said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez often quoted Krishnamurti’s views on freedom and revolution. Earlier, welcoming the gathering K Krishnamurti, Editor and Publications Secretary, KFI said: “Krishnamurti was not an Indian phenomenon, but a global phenomenon.”