The Underground Movement

If you are one of the many people who will use the London Underground (3.5 million passenger journeys a day) in the next two weeks, then chances are you will find yourself standing on a drafty platform, gazing at the large posters across the track, as you wait for the next tube train. If you are lucky enough to be on one of 27 chosen platforms, then between the enticing images for exotic holidays and expensive cars, you will see a strikingly plain poster with one sentence displayed on it and a short web address in the bottom corner. The sentence will be a quote, unattributed, but chosen to challenge, surprise, perplex and perhaps shock. If it does, you may reach for your smart phone or tablet, tap in the address and discover something totally new. You will find the quote was written by a man whose deep insights, clarity of thought and disarming simplicity may change your life forever; you will have discovered the teachings of J. Krishnamurti.

The education quote poster
Because of the generosity of several donors, and a remarkable offer for charities on Underground advertising space, a decision was taken to purchase 27 across-track poster sites for two weeks and to exhibit 5 different quotes by Krishnamurti. The quotes, shown in the accompanying photographs (taken by Brockwood Park Staff, Petter Goldstine), are also displayed on a new website (kft.org) in the paragraphs from which they came and these in turn are linked to the full talk, or text, in which they can be found. Apart from quotes the website will also provide brief information about Krishnamurti, the Foundation, Centre and Schools and links for all of their websites and related international sites.

The idea to put up the quotes came from a discussion between Krishnamurti and David Bohm that occurred in 1975. They examine how the statement “Truth is a Pathless Land” might act like a seed in the mind of a person exposed just to that phrase. Krishnamurti feels that this has the potential of bringing about a sort of change in a person. David Bohm is more sceptical and helps Krishnamurti clarify his thinking about it. In the end they both agree that just the exposure to a short phrase in the teachings might have an effect.

Our hope is twofold. On the one hand we are hoping that these quotes will touch people through the clarity of Krishnamurti’s vision, and in this way plant a seed as he described. On the other hand we would like more people to know about Brockwood Park, visit the Centre and Foundation as guests and hopefully explore Brockwood Park School and Inwoods Small School for their children.

The Underground stations and platforms on which the posters will be displayed (until the 3rd November) are as follows:

BALHAM, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
BERMONDSEY, JUBILEE LINE, PLATFORM 1, WESTBOUND
BLACKHORSE ROAD, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
CAMDEN TOWN, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
CHARING CROSS, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
CLAPHAM COMMON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
COLLIERS WOOD, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
EMBANKMENT, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 5, NORTHBOUND
ELEPHANT & CASTLE, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
EUSTON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
FINSBURY PARK, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND
HARROW-ON-THE-HILL, METROPOLITAN LINE, PLATFORM 6, SOUTHBOUND
HIGHGATE, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
KENTISH TOWN, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM LINE 1, NORTHBOUND
KINGS CROSS ST PANCRAS, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
RUSSELL SQUARE, PICCADILLY LINE, PLATFORM 2, WESTBOUND
SEVEN SISTERS, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 5, SOUTHBOUND
STOCKWELL, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 3, SOUTHBOUND
ST PAULS, CENTRAL LINE, PLATFORM 1, WESTBOUND
SOUTH WIMBLEDON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
SOUTH WIMBLEDON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
TOTTENHAM HALE, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
VICTORIA, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
WARREN STREET, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND
WEMBLEY PARK, METROPOLITAN LINE, PLATFORM 6, SOUTHBOUND
WATERLOO, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND