Longing for a place to be yourself?
First and foremost Naimisam is a place of enquiry and learning about the fundamental questions of life in an atmosphere of quietude, beauty and freedom.
As all Krishnamurti Centres it is an ideal model for the evolved global citizen. In a world that is increasingly turbulent with religious fanaticism and conflicts, economic and social divisions, and individual confusion and discontent at deeper levels of his being, Krishnamurti’s Teachings offer an effective approach and solution. Incisively rational, his teachings elucidate how individual change and creativity are vital for any lasting social change and wellness. Exploring the frontiers of mind and religion is an important remedy for the rampant consumerism across the world.
This is why Naimisam provides a place for healthy and simple living, where you can leave the stressful and noisy city life behind, enjoy nature and look into the big questions of life. Food is completely vegetarian and smoking and alcohol are prohibited. The organic farming and the environmental care that we undertake is part of our considered response to the ecological devastation that is happening. Our community outreach programmes are an expression of our responsibility to our neighbourhood. The Krishnamurti Centre aims at nurturing the right alignment within the individual and promotes the right relationship with the earth and with the community around.
Krishnamurti’s vision of a study center
" This place must be of great beauty with trees, birds and quietness, for beauty is truth and truth is goodness and love. The external beauty, external tranquillity and silence may affect the inner tranquillity but the environment must in no way influence the inner beauty."
The Retreat Center
Naimisam, the Retreat Centre, is located at Kondapur Village, Ghatkesar, an hour's journey from Hyderabad. The serene 25-acre campus is surrounded by hillocks and farm lands. It houses a collection of Krishnamurti's works and a general library. Facilities are available for individual study and viewing of videos. There are also corresponding retreat facilities in the form of guest cottages, dormitory and a kitchen.
Naimisam is envisioned as a centre for learning and austere living, for meditation and inward flowering. There is an attempt here to probe the limits of intellect and reason, to examine all the contours of conflict and unrest that mar men and society through various retreats, dialogues, seminars, study sessions and workshops.
A variety of programs in the form of retreats, dialogues, seminars, study sessions and workshops are conducted throughout the year at Naimisam.
"... Have a complete break with the past and see what happens. Sirs, do it and you will see delight, you will see vast expanses of love, understanding and freedom. When your heart is open, then reality can come. Then whisperings of your own prejudices, your own noises are not heard. That is why it is good to take a retreat, to go away, and to stop the routine, not only routine of the outer existence but routine which the mind establishes for its own safety and convenience..."
Individual Retreats are retreats where nature is the predominant companion for the person. The Study is open for exploration through the written and the spoken word, primarily at the library. On request you can get collected material on the following topics - silence, solitude and nature - words culled from Jiddu Krishnamurti's works, to help deepen your stay and exploration.
Interested persons are invited for Individual Retreats throughout the year except in the summer months of March, April and May.
Simple vegetarian food is served. Requests for silence are welcome and respected. A minimum of a day and a maximum period of two to three weeks are allowed at a time for these retreats.
If interested persons wish to come and stay at Naimisam in groups of three or more, a semi-structured retreat can be arranged on prior notice of a fortnight.
The Study in-charge can prepare a schedule which would usually comprise of the following:
• Nature Walk
• Silence Hour Session
• Video Screening - Biographical or an existential theme
• Interaction Hour - Introduction to the Teachings, or a discussion about the video screened
• Garden Work
Please note: that these retreats can be undertaken or allowed only when there are no programs organized by the Centre happening at the same time.
For those individuals who have never been on a retreat before, these Introductory Retreats can offer a good introduction to the Teachings. The Study in-charge can guide you to the relevant books and videos. Garden work, helping in the kitchen, nature walks and listening to music, are all options you can exercise if they can contribute to your exploration.
A minimum of a day and a maximum of two days is recommended for these retreats.
These retreats and workshops are centered around an existential issue touched upon in the works of Krishnamurti and anchored by a serious student of the Teachings - usually by a Trustee of the Krishnamurti Foundations or an associate of Krishnamurti. The time period is normally two days or a weekend, but on occasion five day retreats are also organized.
These are fairly structured and intense retreats, and an acquaintance with the Teachings is a happy prerequisite for those wanting to participate in these programs.
The Library for Self Study & Silence
The Library Naimisam is located in our main Hall. It holds a large collection of Krishnamurti's works – in the form of books, audio/video tapes, DVDs - as well as space for silence, reading and facilities to watch videos. A general library of books on subjects like science, arts, nature and religion is also there. Lending facilities of Library are available for visitors residing on the premises.
"I think it is essential sometimes to go into a retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or don't believe. You would then fresh air into your minds..."