In The Presence of Krishnamurti: The Memoirs of Mary Zimbalist

Monday January 19th, 2015

Today we have begun publishing the unfinished book that Mary Zimbalist spent over twenty years writing about her time with Krishnamurti. Krishnamurti asked Mary Zimbalist to write a book about what it was like to be with him, a task for which Mary was uniquely suited. Mary started to write this book in 1986, soon after Krishnaji’s death, and she worked diligently at it until about 2007, twenty-one years.

Several chapters of the book (which we are calling “Sections”) are being published weekly, and are available to subscribers of “In the Presence of Krishnamurti” in exactly the same way as Mary’s memoirs have been available. 

With best wishes,
Scott Forbes
Editor, In the Presence of Krishnamurti


A note from Editor, Scott H. Forbes

(December 14th, 2014)

 

Mary Zimbalist & Scott Forbes at the end of their discussions that were the basis for "In the Presence of Krishnamurti: The Memoirs of Mary Zimbalist." Image copyright Mary Zimbalist

Mary Zimbalist & Scott Forbes at the end of their discussions that were the basis for “In the Presence of Krishnamurti: The Memoirs of Mary Zimbalist.”
(Copyright Mary Zimbalist)

Almost two years after beginning publishing this project, I want you to know that we have just published the last issue of  In the Presence of Krishnamurti: The Memoirs of Mary Zimbalist. So the total number of issues that come from the discussions she and I had centering on her diaries is 90.

We will be taking a much needed three-week vacation and then, starting Monday January 19th 2015, we will begin publishing the chapters of the book she was writing (but never completed) about Krishnaji. These chapters will come to subscribers in exactly the same way as the memoirs you have been reading, as weekly uploaded issues that you can access with your USERID and PASSWORD. They will be distinguished from the memoirs in some way and our technical staff is figuring out how to make that happen.

We have been thinking of calling this new work In the Presence of Krishnamurti: The Book of Mary Zimbalist because it was her wish to call her work “In the Presence of Krishnamurti.” Mary wrote what she numbered as fifty-seven chapters, many of the chapters only a few pages long. We will probably be releasing them four chapters at a time to give us a chance just to proof them.

Thank you for your continued support of the project. We also hope that everyone has a lovely holiday season. As always please email inthepresenceofk@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you need assistance. 

With best wishes,
Scott Forbes
Editor, In the Presence of Krishnamurti


 

Krishnamurti and Mary Zimbalist walking in Sanen, Switzerland

Walking in Sanen, Switzerland.
(Copyright Mary Zimbalist)

In the Presence of Krishnamurti: The Memoirs of Mary Zimbalist is the direct result of Krishnamurti asking Mary to write about what it was like to be with him. Mary struggled to write this account for more than two decades. I was concerned that, with her frail health and slow progress, she might not complete this task for which she cared so much. To try to help her, I suggested that she and I recount our memories of Krishnamurti to each other, and record them.

We began a series of conversations in 1994 that continued for fourteen years, until 2008, shortly before she died. Mary was happy that we both talk about our memories because I had traveled a bit with Krishnamurti, and worked with him for many years, but especially because I knew many of the places to which they traveled, so I could ask detailed questions; questions that helped stir her memory and bring to life, in her own words, what it was like to be in the presence of Krishnamurti.

These discussions have produced exhaustive documentation (over 100 recordings of 1.5 hours to 2 hours each) through Mary’s reminiscences and her reading of her detailed diaries, and today I am happy to announce the launch of In the Presence of Krishnamurti: The Memoirs of Mary Zimbalist.

Presented as an online subscription service, In the Presence of Krishnamurti: The Memoirs of Mary Zimbalist subscribers will read transcribed and edited versions of the 100+ sessions of Mary reading her diaries and discussing them. Audio clips, where Mary speaks particularly passionately or poignantly, will be included. Eventually, the original rough draft of the manuscript that Mary had started, and that she asked me to curate, will also be included. Learn more about the project here.


 

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Money raised from subscriptions to In the Presence of Krishnamurti: The Memoirs of Mary Zimbalist will fund Holistic Education, Inc.’s (a 501(c)3 organization) “Krishnamurti Education Research Project.”

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Scott H. Forbes and the “In the Presence of Krishnamurti” team

Holistic Education, Inc.

February 13, 2013

(Mary’s ninety-eighth birthday)