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"School For Self Inquiry" is a registered educational trust devoted to the study and research of the fundamental questions of life inspired by the teachings of J. Krishnamurti. It is an initiative to learn together what does it mean to be a conscious, compassionate and responsible human being in these critical times. It is meant for those who are deeply interested in the exploration of truth and who wish to go into themselves with an open mind in order to bring about a fundamental transformation in themselves and thereby help create a peaceful society free from all hatred and divisions. It is an open forum where all those people are welcome who are serious to study, research and explore, as friends, the deeper dimensions of life and consciousness.
Mukesh Gupta is the director, speaker and facilitator at the School For Self Inquiry. He has been exploring the fundamental questions of life and the teachings of J. Krishnamurti for more than two and a half decades. He was also associated with the Krishnamurti Centre in Varanasi, India for two decades where his main area of work was translating and editing the writings of J. Krishnamurti and conducting retreats and workshops. He is a traveler at heart and regularly facilitates self-inquiry based retreats, workshops and dialogues around fundamental questions of life in India, Europe, Israël, US, Canada and wherever he is invited. He has conducted over hundred retreats and seminars during the past one decade. He holds a Master's Degree in Indian and Western Philosophy. He does not consider himself as any spiritual authority but only a fellow-learner and a tiny explorer of truth or call it the unknown in this vast unfathomable universe... He sees that a deep non-authoritarian meditative process of self-inquiry, based on love, listening and looking from a silent state of mind and heart, is essential to establish peace, harmony and compassion in one’s daily existence and society.
Mukesh currently lives in the ancient city of Varanasi in North of India and his house is open for seekers and friends for dialogues, self-inquiry and retreats. He can also be contacted for individual meetings in person or online.
"Any action which is not based on love and compassion is not only non-essential but also destructive..." - Mukesh
The Nature of Meditative Self-inquiry & Dialogue
A meditative self-inquiry and dialogue is an open learning space where a group of human beings interested in exploring deeper questions of life come together. The core spirit of a meditative self-inquiry is held together with the following qualities:
1. Togetherness: A deep process of self-inquiry and dialogue opens up in an environment of real togetherness, trust and love. This doesn't depend on whether we personally know each other. The work of self-inquiry is not just for the benefit of oneself but for the sake of whole human consciousness of which we are only tiny sparks. In a dialogue we work together as friends and fellow-travelers without any hierarchy or authority. The role of a facilitator is to initiate the dialogue process and keep the flame of self-inquiry alive while working together with the whole group and by gently reminding the original intention and the core questions around which we have gathered.
2. A deep sense of wonder: The living qualities of wonder, innocence and curiosity are essential aspects of this meditative self-inquiry. One of the primary aims of self-inquiry is not to gain more knowledge and gather ready-made answers but to see the nature/limitation of our past knowledge, thinking process and belief systems and realize the beauty and significance of being empty and letting go of our attachment, dependence and identification with the past baggage.
deep quality of looking, listening
and awareness: The basic ground of meditative self-inquiry and dialogue is held together with the exploration of these fundamental factors of our being. These are perhaps the only unconditioned tools available to us for deeper learnings and insights.
4. A deep sense of leisure, silence and inner space: A deep process of self-inquiry - which is not an intellectual analytical process - naturally happens when the mind is really quiet and in leisure; when it is not in a rush and under compulsion to reach any predetermined destination. It's an uncharted journey into the unknown.
5. Staying with a question for a sustained period of time - rather than rushing to answer it from our past knowledge - and holding it together. In this way we allow the question to unfold itself in a space of curiosity, wonder, tentativeness and affection.
6. Clear perception of "what is": A clear perception of what is real and what is unreal, of "what is", in this living moment is one of the essential aspects of self-inquiry. One needs to be watchful of the mind's deep habit of slipping back into the comfort zone of "what should be"!
7. Participants in a self-inquiry need to be precise and brief in their communication so that every participant gets a space to open up. At the same time there is no compulsion that each participant has to share something – one can even participate silently and quite profoundly with one’s simple and awake presence.
8. We need to be clear from the beginning that this sacred space of self-inquiry is not for debates,
arguments or asserting any particular ideology, strong opinions or ideals.
Our primary shared concern is to discover together what is true and what is false and not who is right or who is wrong. Gentleness, affection, trust, respect for each other, patience, humility and
tentativeness in one’s approach and communication is the foundation of this