SOW January 2022

Event Start Date: 
Jan 10 2022 - 17:30 to Jan 21 2022 - 17:30
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

Event Theme

Right Living in Modern Society
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The School of the Wisdom classes by Prof. P. Krishna

Monday 10 to 21 Friday 21 January 2022
Classes weekly 2 hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

GMT 12 noon
5:30 PM, ie. 17:30 India time

- see time in your location

In the last 200 years, humanity has attained tremendous knowledge and expertise in almost every field: Agriculture, Architecture, Arts, Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine, Health care, Transportation, Communication, and any other field one can think of. Our knowledge of the external world has advanced enormously. All this has completely changed the way we live in modern society and enabled several conveniences, greater longevity, faster travel to every part of the earth and now even into space. It was hoped that all this will usher in enhanced security, happiness, peace, and prosperity for all; but that has still not been realized.

What is it that we have done wrong? Do we need to go in the same direction of greater knowledge, more efficiency, better laws, better economy, and a different social organization? We have already tried different social systems in different parts of the world, we have tried communism, dictatorships, democracy, religions and more recently science but, to be honest, nothing has succeeded, and our newspapers and media are revealing every day the actual state of our modern society. It is obvious that we, human beings, do not know what right living is. Despite all the progress we find that there is still great cruelty, violence, crime, and the mass organized murder called war, constantly threatening our security. Universal brotherhood and non-violence have been preached but the reality is violence, division, hatred, and war.

In this course we shall consider all the challenges facing modern society now, examine their causes and ask ourselves the question whether external changes can solve these problems, or we need to transform inwardly in our approach to life. After all, our society is the way it is because we are the way we are and if so many things are going wrong in society, something must be wrong with us. We think we are very intelligent and superior to all the other species of life, but history shows that no other species has created as much destruction, killing and and torture as the human species. So, are we really intelligent or have we defined intelligence unintelligently?

Human effort all over the world is at present directed towards greater knowledge, better techniques, greater control and so on. Is that what is needed to solve our problems? Or is this approach itself fundamentally flawed? All this explosion of knowledge has given us enhanced power but power without wisdom is misused and leads to greater destruction. Almost all our present problems arise out of this lopsided development of the human mind: great power, ability, and expertise but very little wisdom or capacity for love. Modern man is now able to travel to the moon but still unable to love his neighbour!

To rectify this state of things we must ask how a human being can grow in wisdom? Does increased knowledge create wisdom? We do not need more power and efficiency, we need love, compassion, and freedom from self-interest. That demands a deeper understanding of ourselves and our relationships. Self-knowledge is the key to wisdom. This was pointed out by the Buddha in the east and by Socrates in the west. Can education enable human beings to come upon both knowledge of the world and self- knowledge? How should education be altered to enable this?

These are some of the questions we shall examine in depth in this course.

For recommended study material, visit this link and survey the lectures and books by Prof. Krishna


Prof. P. KRISHNA is a Trustee of the Krishnamurti Foundation India, staying at the Rajghat Education Center in Varanasi, India. He was the Rector of the center and Principal of the Rajghat Besant School from 1986 to 2002.

As a trustee of the Foundation, he continues to be involved with its activities. He has written articles and books on various issues relating to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti .

He has also delivered lectures on Education, Science and Society to varied audiences. He is an Honorary scientist and Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, as well as the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.

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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. There can be no Wisdom without an ever-increasing sense of Wonder. Essential in the progress towards Wisdom is a growing intimacy with all aspects of Nature.

The SOW was inaugurated in 1949 by C. Jinarajadasa, the fourth International President of the TS, to revive the 1922 Adyar School initiated by Annie Besant. This school was named Brahmavidyā Āśrama, which has almost the same meaning as the School of the Wisdom.


The SOW is meant for members of the Theosophical Society to deepen their understanding in theosophy, making it a living force in daily life. Students may apply for all or some of the School of the Wisdom sessions in one form and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen.

1. Please, before applying click here to download and read the Online Class Decorum.

2. Fill in the Application Form which you find for each Session's page


For students joining any SOW programme, we recommend reading the following:

01 - The School of the Wisdom by Jinarajadasa and Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - An Unending Path by Tim Boyd (PDF)
03 - Freedom of Thought and Freedom of Society (PDF)
04 - Why Theosophy is left undefined by N. Sri Ram (PDF)
05 - Adyar as a Spiritual Centre by J. Krishnamurti (PDF)
06 - What Is Truth? by H. P. Blavatsky (PDF)

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La Escuela de la Sabiduría tiene como objetivo llevar a cada estudiante a examinar la vida "desde el centro", que es la conciencia intuitiva.  No puede haber Sabiduría sin un creciente sentido de Maravilla. Esencial en el progreso hacia la Sabiduría, es una creciente intimidad con todos los aspectos de la Naturaleza.

La SOW fue inaugurada en 1949 por C. Jinarajadasa, el cuarto presidente internacional de la ST, para revivir la Escuela Adyar de 1926 iniciada por Annie Besant. Esta escuela se llamó Brahmavidyā Āśrama, que tiene casi el mismo significado que la Escuela de la Sabiduría.


La SOW está pensada para que los miembros de la Sociedad Teosófica profundicen su comprensión de la teosofía, de modo que la conviertan en una fuerza viva en la vida diaria. Los estudiantes pueden aplicar para todas o algunas de las sesiones de la Escuela de la Sabiduría en un solo formulario y se espera que asistan a todas las clases en la sesión elegida.

1. Por favor, antes de postularse, haga clic aquí para descargar y leer las directrices de las clases en línea.

2. Complete el formulario de solicitud que encontrará en la página de cada sesión


Para los estudiantes que se unen a cualquier programa de la SOW, recomendamos leer lo siguiente:

01a - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1949 (PDF)
01b - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Jinarajadasa 1950 (PDF)
01c - La Escuela de la Sabiduría Radha Burnier (PDF)
02 - Un Sendero sin final por Tim-Boyd (PDF)
03 - Libertad de Pensamiento & Libertad  de la Sociedad Teosófica (PDF)