The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School by David Edmund Moody

The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School by David Edmund Moody

Author:David Edmund Moody
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi
Tags: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School
Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
Published: 2011-03-21T16:00:00+00:00

When the time came for Krishnamurti to share his findings with me, I could not exclude the possibility of any given outcome. Erna and the trustees were strongly invested in the status quo, and I did not really anticipate that any proposed resolution would be more than superficial and cosmetic. I assumed my own fate hung in the balance but had long ago made peace with the prospect of leaving the school.

I was called to meet with Krishnamurti and Mary Zimbalist in his cottage. He spoke in warm and friendly terms and confided in me his current thinking about events in the school. He and those closest to him had reached a tentative decision. They had concluded that the Krause-Hidley faction needed to be dismantled and removed from any further influence in the school. He wanted to know if I agreed with that assessment.

Needless to say, I endorsed this recommendation. Inwardly, I rejoiced, even as I could hardly believe my ears. Krishnamurti had delivered on his promise to root out the source of fear in the school to a degree I frankly had not thought possible. I still expected Erna to somehow intervene and undo the deal that seemed to be in the works. But if I could take his description of the situation at face value, deliverance was at hand.

It was not the custom of the KFA simply to dismiss its members when their participation was no longer considered helpful. In the rare cases where action was required, the member in question was given the opportunity to resign, perhaps with some encouragement. Krause and Hidley, however, were not inclined to go gently into that good night.

A meeting of the KFA was scheduled to implement their departure. The following day, I stood with Krishnaji at the rear of the lunch line and he described to me what had taken place. The meeting was long and arduous; the two doctors stood their ground and argued against every reason given why they should resign. Dr. Krause employed a physical gesture to indicate what would happen to the school without their guidance: he held his hand out flat, palm towards the ground, and made a short, sharp downward motion.

In the end, Krause agreed that he would resign if Erna herself stated forthrightly that this was her preference. It was a fitting means of resolution, since he had been her man, in my view, from the beginning. Perhaps somewhat reluctantly, she affirmed that he and Hidley should resign from the foundation and the school board, and the meeting came to a conclusion.

With the departure of Krause and Hidley, one of the central issues vexing the school community was resolved. The storm of controversy had not yet spent its force, but for the moment, a spirit of peace prevailed. In that interval, an hour of leisure opened up one day around the lunch table. Everyone had finished eating, and Krishnaji asked what had become of the issue whose spark had ignited a conflagration. Did the


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