STUDY CENTRE / LIBRARY
The focus of life at Vasanta Vihar, begins at The Study which is open to guests on the campus & visitors from the city. It has a complete range of Krishnamurti’s works, biographies and memoirs of Krishnamurti, including a large collection of audio CDs, DVDs, and MP3s, monographs, select books on religion, philosophy, psychology, science etc., as also the bulletins and newsletters of the Krishnamurti Foundations.
Monday to Saturday: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Sunday: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm
(It remains open all days except some festival holidays)
Vasanta Vihar welcomes guests who wish to stay solely for the purpose of a quiet retreat and the study of Krishnamurti’s Teachings.
Since we have only a few guest rooms, prior notice of 15 days is required to confirm accommodation. Simple vegetarian food is served. Guests are requested to refrain from smoking, drinking, and using drugs on the campus nor is the place meant for transit purposes such as shopping or sight seeing. This place should not be used for meeting friends or to do business transactions.
FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO STAY IN VASANTA VIHAR
Vasanta Vihar, the home of J. Krishnamurti, is a Retreat and Study Centre, the spirit and intention of which is best spelt out in his words:
Don’t you want to go away sometimes to be quiet and take stock of things? Don’t you want to do that some time, don’t you want to be quiet, don’t you want to know more of yourself?…. I think it is essential sometimes to go to retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing. You would then let in fresh air into your minds…. That is why it is good to take a retreat, to go away and to stop the routine—not only the routine of outward existence, but the routine which the mind establishes for its own safety and convenience.
I realize that there is something here which is totally different from my home, totally different from going to a discussion. I not only read the books, but listen to the videos, to the tapes. I would be sensitive enough to receive; and at lunch, or while walking, or sitting round together in the sitting room, I would like to discuss. I would say, ‘Look, I didn’t quite understand what he meant by that, let’s talk about it.
*Vasanta Vihar exists for the sole purpose of enabling people to stay here to study Krishnamurti’s Teachings by using the library (The Study), or taking part in retreats and dialogues, or engaging in informal conversations or quiet reflection.
*Therefore your presence on the campus during your stay, and punctuality at all meals, is expected.
*Kindly adhere to the intention of the place by not engaging in official work outside, social get-togethers, or sight-seeing.
*Guests, especially those coming from abroad, are expected to stay for at least three nights and not use the place as a transit point for other destinations. [This restriction on three nights does not apply to Retreat participants.]
*You should leave your mobile phone in your room and use it only there and nowhere outside such as the library, the dining hall, and the garden, and during programmes.
The vast corpus of Krishnamurti literature in the form of manuscripts, transcripts, audio & video recordings, letters and so on is preserved scientifically in the Archives.
We have a bookshop on the campus, which has books by and about Krishnamurti, audio CDs, DVDs, and MP3s. Also available are the KFI Bulletin, the Journal of Krishnamurti Schools (both available on subscription), our periodicals, the Vasanta Vihar Newsletter, in English and also Indian language newsletters in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
Mon – Sat : 9.30 am – 6 pm
Lunch Break : 1pm-1.30pm