The 125th Birth Anniversary of J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986)
is to be commemorated for a whole year, from 11 May 2019 to 11 May 2020.

The Study Centre has a wide range of Krishnamurti’s works—books, out-of-print editions, DVDs, audio CDs, translations in Indian and foreign languages, and bulletins and newsletters of all the Foundations. Besides, there are select books on religion, philosophy, and psychology.


The Bookstore in Vasanta Vihar sells Krishnamurti’s books in English, translations in Indian languages, DVDs and MP3s, all of which can be ordered by post or bought online on this website.


J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is widely regarded as having been a profoundly original thinker and spiritual teacher. For nearly 60 years, Krishnamurti traveled the world and spoke to individuals, small groups and large audiences with a singular intent – “to set man absolutely and unconditionally free”. And yet, he advocated no practice, no definitive steps towards such a goal. He said, “Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever…”.

“The First Step is the Last Step”, the exhibition, has been conceived and curated by the Krishnamurti Foundation India (KFI) on the occasion of Krishamurti’s 125th birth anniversary year (May 11th, 2019 – May 11th, 2020). The exhibition will premiere at Vasanta Vihar, Chennai on February 1st, 2020 and travel thereafter to the cities of Varanasi and Bengaluru.

The exhibition draws inspiration from a phrase Krishnamurti used in his dialogues in which he sees the attentive mind as being fully capable of perceiving the “what is” for itself. This seeing of the truth is not linked to time, accretion of knowledge or a perpetuation of practice, and hence necessarily, becomes both the first and the last step. This exhibition is structured around this paradox. It seeks to evoke the extraordinary potential held within its aphoristic title in a manner that sets aside predictable templates of linearity, accumulation and progression. It invites the viewer to engage with themes that Krishnamurti frequently spoke or wrote about – fear, love, violence, death, religion, relationship and education. In this immersive process of self-enquiry, there will be opportunity to question, to look afresh, and perhaps come upon a ‘flame of understand- ing’, which derives from and belongs to no one, but the questioner herself.

In view of the increasing spread of the Corona virus, we are closing, with immediate effect, the accommodation facilities at the Guest House of Vasanta Vihar, Chennai.

The entire Vasanta Vihar—The Study, the Bookshop, and the garden—will also remain closed to day visitors. All programmes, such as retreats and video screenings, stand cancelled.

These restrictions will be in force until further notice.

Kindly bear with the inconvenience caused to you and cooperate with our decision in the interest of the public at large.

Note: Our online book store is also closed till 5th July. Please do not place orders.

Vasanta Vihar
Krishnamurti Foundation India
Greenways Road, Chennai – 28

Pathashaala is looking for Teachers with an interest in Krishnamurti’s teachings and working with children in a campus with high sustainable living standards.

Pathashaala (Palar center for learning) is a KFI initiative 80 kms from Chennai. The large green campus is fully residential and has about 100 Learner – Educators from grades 5-12 grades and about 20 Educator-Learners. In its 8th year Pathashaala has set high sustainable living standards for itself in water conservation, electric power, growing organic food and ecological sanitation.

The centre is offering resident teaching and non-teaching fellowships for a 12-24 month period for suitable individuals. The Fellows will have the opportunity to contribute to the centre’s growth in diverse ways and could be absorbed as full time Educator Learners or may contribute to the building of future leadership for the centre.

Interested individuals are invited to write stating why you wish to join as a fellow and send your latest CV to

Quotes of Krishnamurti

Goodness shows itself in behaviour and action and in relationship. Generally our daily behaviour is based on either the following of certain patterns – mechanical and therefore superficial – or according to very carefully thought-out motive, based on reward or punishment. So our behaviour, consciously or unconsciously, is calculated. This is not good behaviour. When one realizes this, not merely intellectually or by putting words together, then out of this total negation comes true behaviour.

Letters to the Schools vol I

Goodness shows itself in behaviour

Books of J Krishnamurti