In Memoriam

Michael Krohnen
September 15, 1943 – December 19, 2023
1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti

I don't believe we knew how truly wise a man Michael Krohnen was, because he was such a kind and lovely man that your impression may have just stopped there. But a lovely, kind, and very wise man passed away recently. He was one of a dwindling group who actually shared intimate time with J. Krishnamurti.

Michael was with the Krishnamurti Foundation since the early 1970's. He served as cook, and even on occasion, a teacher, at the small, newly formed Foundation's Oak Grove School in Ojai at the time. He also served as personal chef to Krishnamurti for several months every year when the teacher was in residence. The Kitchen Chronicles: 1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti, is Michael's beautiful recollection and collection of stories from those days.

We were fortunate to spend an afternoon with Michael at Pine Cottage, the home of Krishnaji, not too long ago, where he and Ganga shared smiles and laughter recounting memories of those very special days. Ganga had helped prepare the home Krishnamurti would occupy, and he spent many years in the Oak Grove and at talks around the world listening to the Speaker, and with the community. He and Michael went back a long way and both appreciated that they had been present for something, and with someone, extraordinary. They were both deeply grateful.

We now share with you a wonderful interview with Michael hosted by Gianni Garubo, also a student of the teachings, which reveals not only Michael's beautiful nature, but his understanding of the teachings and process of seeing that Krishnamurti shared with the world.

Interview with Michael Krohnen: