From the Archives
The Krishnamurti archives were established to ensure Krishnamurti’s legacy continues for centuries to come. Located in a purpose-built vault at the Foundation offices, the Brockwood archives contain hundreds of video recordings, thousands of audios, transcripts, books, photographs, letters and newspaper articles. The Foundation works in unison with the Krishnamurti archives in Ojai and Chennai to ensure the safekeeping of these unique materials. The articles below highlight rare and interesting archive items, and the efforts involved in preserving Krishnamurti’s teachings.
The majority of published material by Krishnamurti has been sourced from his hundreds of public talks. Two noticeable exceptions are Krishnamurti’s Notebook and Krishnamurti’s Journal. These have become classic books, the former perhaps his most personal and ‘mystical’ book, giving the reader a glimpse into Krishnamurti’s inner life and ‘The Process’. But what are the origins of these well-known books? Here we share some information about the handwritten manuscripts and some examples of their pages.
During his lifetime, Krishnamurti’s teachings were recorded using mostly analogue methods, from stenographer notes to audio recordings on wire and then tape, to film and early videotape formats. The supplementary material – letters, photographs, articles, etc. – was also on paper or photographic negatives: again, analogue. As technology advanced, the Krishnamurti Foundations were able to start utilising digital technology. This began with word-processed transcripts in the 1980s and pulse-code modulation audio recordings. This article looks at the transition from analogue to digital archives.
Krishnamurti met the renowned sculptor Antoine Bourdelle in early 1927, through a mutual friend. Bourdelle requested Krishnamurti sit for a statue to be made. He sat for eight days in 1927 and returned in 1928. The resulting bust of Krishnamurti is at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris and it is considered to be one of his finest works. This article expands upon the relationship between the two men, and introduces a 21st-century companion piece.