J. Krishnamurti & A World In Crisis APRIL 2012
Human history, it seems, has neverÂ before witnessedÂ a crisis of the complexity, magnitude, and catastrophic sweep that is being experienced today by mankind and the planet we live on. Its impact is visible in every sphere of our life and is marked by an erosion of values, the collapse of faiths, traditions and ideologies, the breakdown of relationships, and the savage destruction of the earth. What is more, the rapid and intricate networking of the world's societies has ensured that the crisis is brought to every doorstep -yours and mine - without choice, without option.
Nearly a century ago, Krishnamurti saw all this coming. Witness to the dramatic events of the 20th century and endowed with a capacity for acute observation and profound insight, he gave the most brilliant expression to the causes that brought on, and continue to fuel, the global crisis:
The focus of this issue of the Kinfonet Bulletin is on "J. Krishnamurti & A World In Crisis", a recent project sponsored by Krishnamurti Foundation India.
J. Krishnamurti & A World In Crisis
'J Krishnamurti & A World In Crisis' has been created to share Krishnamurti's incisive insights on the nature of this crisis. It is an interactive display of passages from his works spanning six decades, juxtaposed with photo-journalistic material from across the world that candidly captures the confounded confusion that is our everyday world, and provokes us to confront the crisis within.
Conceived, designed and put together by Vikram Parchure for the Teachings Dissemination Programme, Krishnamurti Foundation India, this humanitarian and wholly charitable project would hardly have been possible without the generosity of the copyright holders of the Krishnamurti legacy, donors, and the many professional and amateur photographers for the use of their work.
The original version of the exhibition was in English, but has since been translated into some major Indian languages (Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu) and a growing number of world languages (presently Russian, Thai, and Dutch). Some of these are now available for viewing.
A complete exhibition set comprises 24 panels (4 x 2 feet):
- Two introductory panels: 'J Krishnamurti & a World in Crisis' and 'The Crisis is in You'.
- Two panels featuring Krishnamurti: 'The Seer Who Walked Alone' (a biography), and 'The Sacred Treasure' on the material and spiritual legacy he leaves behind.
- Twenty theme panels covering a wide range of subjects from our everyday life that are expressions of the crisis within us.
The word 'exhibition' applied to this work is perhaps not quite apt as it has been designed for close perusal, quiet reflection and deep inquiry, rather than as a collection of entertaining visuals and texts to be glanced through casually. Despite its sombre contents, however, this exhibition is becoming increasingly popular in circles outside the Krishnamurti foundations and centres, as a means to encourage reflection and enquiry. A teacher who introduced select themes to a class of high school students reported that for most of them seeing this exhibition has been a pivotal experience that was not only sobering, but opened up their minds to a way of understanding themselves and the world that was refreshingly new. More recently, the agenda for the International Gathering hosted by the Quest Foundation, Thailand centred round encouraging the participants to closely engage with two select themes with the help of 'worksheets' prepared for the purpose. Most participants were thankful for this opportunity to look within, as it provided scope for the unfolding of surprising insights and new learning.
The full exhibition, in both English and Thai versions, is now on permanent display at the Stream Garden Retreat of the Quest Foundation. Scores of visitors from diverse national, professional and religious backgrounds have exposure to the exhibitionâs contents, often becoming the trigger for some deeply meaningful discussions and reflection. The exhibition panels have also been used in Thai universities, and have frequently elicited an enthusiastic response from the students and faculty