The Krishnamurti Study Centre and Retreat

"It is a terrible thing to rely on another about the way of life, to be told what to do, how to behave, what righteousness is or is not- this seems to me a state of immaturity and no one can make you mature; all that one can do is to listen and learn...... "

--Collected Works-Vol XVII-J. Krishnamurti

"The essence of religion is sacredness which has nothing to do with religious organizations, nor with the mind that is caught and conditioned by a belief, a dogma."

"When the brain ceases to nourish itself through experience,memory and thought, when it dies to experiencing, then its activity is not self-centered. It then has its nourishment from elsewhere. It is this nourishment that makes the mind religious."

--Krishnamurti's Notebook

The Rajghat Study Centre and Retreat is located in the house in which Krishnamurti lived during his annual visits to Varanasi. Set on a high prominence overlooking the river Ganga, the campus includes a guest-house and cottages to accommodate the visitors to the centre.

Krishnamurti described the purpose of the study centre in the following words:

"I think it is essential sometimes to go to retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely, and look at them anew, not keep on repeating it like machines whether you believe or do not believe. You would then let in fresh air into your minds. Wouldn't you? That means you must be insecure, must you not? If you can do so, you would be open to the mysteries of nature and to things that are whispering about us, which you would not otherwise reach; you would reach the God that is waiting to come, the truth that cannot be invited but comes itself. But we are not open to love, and other finer processes that are taking place within us, because we are all too enclosed by our own desires. Surely, it is good to retreat from all that, is it not? Stop being a member of some society. Stop being a Brahmin, a Hindu, a Christian, a Muslim. Stop your worship, rituals, take a complete retreat from all those and see what happens. In a retreat, do not plunge into something else, do not take some book and be absorbed in new knowledge and new acquisitions. Have a complete break with the past and see what happens. Sirs, do it, and you will see delight. You will see vast expanses of love, understanding and freedom. When your heart is open, then reality can come. Then the whisperings of your own prejudices, your own noises, are not heard. That is why it is good to take a retreat, to go away and to stop the routineónot only the routine of outward existence but the routine which the mind establishes for its own safety and convenience."

"Try it, sirs, those who have the opportunity. Then perhaps you will know what is beyond recognition, what truth is which is not measured. Then you will find that God is not a thing to be experienced, to be recognized; but that God is something which comes to you without your invitation..."

The Krishnamurti study centre/retreat has no schedule or instructor; it is a place where people study the teachings without any organized programme and with only their own seriousness to guide them. The study centre has a range of materials:

It also offers the following facilities:

The Rajghat Study Centre also has a Translation and Publication Cell for producing translations of Krishnamurti's books into Hindi and other North Indian languages. It brings out a quarterly bulletin called Parisamvad (meaning "Dialogue") which contains translation of Krishnamurti's works in Hindi with each issue focusing on a particular theme.

The study centre exists for a serious purpose. In keeping with the ethos of the place, guests are requested not to smoke and drink on the campus, or treat the centre as convenient lodging houses or bases for sightseeing or transacting business.


Visiting Rajghat : The Directions

Please follow this link to get detailed instructions for visiting the Rajghat Education Centre.

Accommodations can be reserved in advance by contacting:

The In-charge,
Krishnamurti Study Centre,
Krishnamurti Foundation India,
Rajghat Fort,
Varanasi 221001

Tel + 91-542-2441289

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last updated on FEB 14, 2016
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