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The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School Paperback – November 29, 2011
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"The Unconditioned Mind is a fascinating story about the first years of Oak Grove School and how J. Krishnamurti, David Moody and others dealt with its numerous challenges. It reads like a roman policier with a philosophical touch. Intriguing, brilliant and profound." --Ulrich Brugger, Director of The Ojai Retreat
"David Moody has given us an intimate and engaging account of a grand experiment in education. The reader is treated to many vivid glimpses of the personal presence and core teachings of one of the last century's most fascinating spiritual figures. At the same time, we are alerted to some of the inevitable challenges--in the form of power struggles, personality clashes, and conflicting goals--facing those committed to actualizing Krishnamurti's dream of a new kind of school guided by the ideal of the unconditioned mind." --Sean Kelly is Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era
"The Unconditioned Mind is a sensitive account of the founding of a Krishnamurti school and the relationships central to it. David Moody's recollections of Krishnamurti are beautifully written and make this a fascinating read. I was especially touched by the passage where he gazed into Krishnamurti's eyes and felt it was "...like looking through a clear window, with only open space on the other side."
" --Friedrich Grohe, former industrialist, trustee of the Krishnamurti Foundations, and author of The Beauty of the Mountain: Memories of J. Krishnamurti
"The Unconditioned Mind represents a unique contribution to the growing literature about J. Krishnamurti, one of the greatest teachers of the twentieth century. I grew up in Ojai, California and attended Krishnamurti's annual talks under the oak groves from an early age. I highly recommend The Unconditioned Mind to anyone interested in the work of Krishnamurti. I found the story line riveting and could not wait to find out what happens next. David Moody handles controversial material with eloquence and sensitivity. As the former mayor of Ojai, I can attest to the authenticity of Dr. Moody's narrative description of our most distinguished resident.
" --Suza Francina, author of The New Yoga for Healthy Aging and other books, and former mayor of Ojai, California
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This book seems less about Krishnamurti than about the quest to find a better way for a society to educate its members. David Moody takes Krisnamurti's rather complex and ethereal principles and makes them accessible. He describes his own journey toward applying the principles to real educational circumstances and making them replicable. In the process, he also captures themes that have a bearing on the condition of human interaction, not the least of which is competition and jealousy among the followers of an inspiring leader. Well written and perceptive, it is a book that stays on your mind long after you finish reading it.
The story runs the whole gambit of human emotions, entanglements and conditions that occur between the staff, teachers, and Krishnamurti himself. Repeatedly I admired David Moody for exposing the very real conflicts, vulnerabilities and tender inspirations that ran through the story's characters, and that run through all of humanity.
I found of equal fascination the practical workings of the Oak Grove School, as well as the various teachings of Krishnamurti and the character of the man himself. The other players in this story did not fall short either. I was enthralled by the interpersonal dynamics of the myriad personalities, some strong, some more reserved.
I am very impressed with Mr. Moody's chronicle of life and work at the Oak Grove School. It is a book I could read again. It also inspired me to further explore the work of J. Krishnamurti. Well done, David Edmund Moody.
Be it Buddhism, Christianity, Vedanta, whatever, I have always been put off by people who thought they were doing something special by being involved in such a work. David Moody's book really brings home the fact that these are just human beings (under the guidance, of course, of a pretty exceptional being) trying to make their way...and that's okay!
Its worth reading for several reasons: one is to see the inner workings of such a project, another is to watch the interactions of the people involved. It is a very grounding book, and while the author has critical things to say about some of the participants, it is never petty or out for revenge. It seems to me to be an objective laying out of the facts as David Moody saw them. He has managed to "humanize" the whole thing.
Towards the end of his life Krishnamurti said something along the lines that, after he was gone, people who really wanted to know about all this should go to those who had lived and worked closely with him. This book fills the bill. I feel that those who knew Krishnamurti and worked with him have a responsibility to the teachings to leave a record of how they saw what went on. David Moody's book does exactly this.