Question: What is really a dialogue?
Krishnamurti: We are having a dialogue that is, a conversation between two people, friendly, serious and wanting to solve their own intimate, personal problems… And each one of us know that words have a particular, definite meaning, and that each one of us understands the meaning of the words they use. They know the words and the content of the word, the meaning of the word, the significance of the word, so they use the word which is common to both of them. And they also know that the word is not the thing and the words do not actually convey the deep inner feelings. They are feeling it out together because they are good friends, they are not opposed to each other, they are not trying to trick each other, they have often talked about these things and so they are willing to expose themselves to each other; point out their difficulties, their problems, and each one is trying to understand the other, and hoping to help each other. That’s really a dialogue.
Every Sunday of the month an interactive programme (Workshops) on K talks are organised from 9.00 am to 11.00 am.
On these Sunday mornings from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. a talk of K or extract of it is read and dialogue followed by it by keeping in mind that one is not interpreting it and the views expressed by the participants are solely his or her own and not that of K. Even K audio videos are played for the participants.
The Centre strongly believes and strictly follows the teachings of Krishnamurti. While discussions on the teachings are allowed, the Centre neither allows lectures on Krishnamurti by any one nor interpretation of his teachings by anyone. The Centre in this policy only follows the words of Krishnamurti. To quote Krishnamurti ……
“ From the nineteen twenties I have been saying that there should be no interpreters of the teachings for they distort the teachings and it becomes a means of exploitation. No interpreters are necessary for each person should observe his own activities, not according to any theory or authority. Unfortunately interpreters have sprung up, a fact for which we are in no way responsible. In recent years several people have asserted that they are my successors and that they have been especially chosen by me to disseminate the teachings. I have said, and I again repeat, that there are no representatives of Krishnamurti personally or of his teachings during or after his life-time. I am very sorry that this has to be said again. ”
Bulletin No. 7, 1970 of KFT, England
“ The Foundations have no authority in the matter of the teachings. The truth lies in the teachings themselves. The Foundations will see to it that these teachings are kept whole, are not distorted, are not made corrupt. The Foundations have no authority to send out propagandists or interpreters of the teachings. ”
10 July 1973, J. Krishnamurti
“ So meditation is the understanding of the meditator. Without understanding the one who meditates, which is yourself, inquiry into how to meditate has very little value. The beginning of meditation is self-knowledge, and self-knowledge cannot be gathered from a book, nor is it to be had by listening to some professor of psychology, or to someone who interprets the Gita, or any of that rubbish. All interpreters are traitors because they are not original experiences, they are merely secondhand repeaters of something which they believe someone else has experienced and which they think is true. So beware of interpreters. ”
6th New Delhi Talk 1956