By G Narayan; Chandramouli Narsipur
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Krishnaji warned her that he was going away the next day and that the room would be closed, and she should not enter while he was gone, as it would be cleaned up and locked the next day. * Krishnaji told us a story that once when he was in retreat somewhere in the Ranikhet Himalayas, he was asked if he wanted to see a tiger. If so arrangements would be made for a tiger sighting with a goat tied up below a tree as bait and with a machkan [seating platform] for him high up on the tree. Krishnaji did not agree.
So it is considered a holy stretch of land. On one occasion we walked three or four miles all the way from Rajghat to Sarnath. This road is known as the Panchakrosi road. Sarnath is renowned for its Buddhist shrines, and many of the monasteries and temples were built by various nationalities: Sri Lankans, Tibetans, and Chinese. There is a well-known Institute for Tibetan Studies owing allegiance to the Dalai Lama. Its head Rimpoche [the title for a Tibetan lama] is a member of the Krishnamurti Foundation India, which manages the Rajghat School and other KFI institutions in Varanasi and elsewhere in India.
When Balasundaram retired in 1976, Krishnamurti and the KFI invited Narayan to return to India and resume responsibility of the Rishi Valley School as its principal. He took over Rishi Valley in March 1977. Later he became the first director of the Rishi Valley Education Center, a position which he retained, along with the principalship, till 1987. In 1980 the school hosted the annual meeting of the Indian Public Schools Conference for the first time, and heads of over fifty leading schools in India were educated about the unique nature of the school and Krishnamurti’s educational approach.
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