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You know that there is something different about U.G. Krishnamurti when you read the disclaimer on the first page of his book, "Mind is a Myth":
My teaching, if that is the word you want to use, has no copyright. You are free to reproduce, distribute, interpret, misinterpret, distort, garble, do what you like, even claim authorship, without my consent or the permission of anybody.
This disarming introduction may elicit a bemused smile, but it hardly prepares the reader for what follows. To read U.G. is to be introduced to a "spiritual terrorist": he overturns all of our accepted beliefs -- God, mind, soul, enlightenment, religion, humanity, heart, love, relationships -- and gives us a totally different picture of who we are. The result is a grenade in the brain.
People who come across this odd little man are indelibly marked by a strange and lasting impression that each one finds difficult to define. People report that they are either deeply shaken or overtaken by curiosity after a few minutes talking with him. He doesn't offer hope, love, peace or spiritual salvation. On the contrary, his words are rather deflating. He discourages people from coming to see him and most often politely turns them away. Yet he is the most talked about thinker in India, and his biography, recently published by Penguin in India, has topped the best seller list for the last nine months.
U.G. endlessly repeats: "I have no message for mankind." Yet, ironically, thousands of people the world-over feel otherwise and flock to U.G.'s unique brand of discourse. But that isn't easy because U.G. organizes no gatherings, gives no lectures, offers no courses, pushes no method, peddles no mantras, has no organization, no office, no secretary, no telephone number, no fax and no fixed address. Like his growing legend, U.G. is everywhere and nowhere. He stays with friends or in small rented apartments and tries to stay one step ahead of the crowds who try to discover his whereabouts as soon as the word spreads that "U.G.'s in town" -- be it in San Francisco, New York, London, Amsterdam, Bombay, Bangalore, Sydney, Auckland, or Beijing. U.G. has no worldly belongings other than what he can fit into a small 10 lb. suitcase. He dresses simply and looks quite ordinary. He never stays in one place for more than two months. He is like the Howard Hughes of the guru set: enigmatic, brilliant, charismatic, reclusive and publicity-shy.
Never has a `philosopher' become so famous while emphatically denying that he even has a philosophy. Yet, what makes a man who so avidly shuns publicity so talked about? How does one who never gives a public lecture get such a following? How does a "guru" with no organization get such media attention? U.G. is India's most controversial teacher and categorizing him is extremely difficult. He has been called "the anti-guru", "the un-guru", the "seer with no solutions", "the raging sage", "the thinker who shuns thought" and "the anti-Krishnamurti", referring to his namesake, J. Krishnamurti, U.G.'s better known contemporary with whom he shares no family tie.
If any comparison makes sense, U.G. could be likened to a modern day cross between Socrates and Diogenes. However, he differs from the former because he undercuts the cornerstone of the Socratic method: discourse. U.G. isn't out to convince, convert, win over or influence anyone; and he differs from the latter because nothing in his manner or bearing is provocative or outlandish. However, he is similar to Socrates in that he has a disarming and implacable logic, and akin to Diogenes because he shows no deference to money, power, position, or prestige. In a very real sense, U.G. is a unique witness to that elusive wisdom that has been the hallmark of every great mystic who has ever lived.
like a mirror, he is a fascinating witness to our era as well.
by: Rodney Arms
Third Edition, with a foreword by Mahesh Bhatt, Published by: Sahasranama Prakashana [email: email@example.com] Bangalore, INDIA. 2001.
The search ends with the realization that there is no such thing as enlightenment. By searching, you want to be free from the self, but whatever you are doing to free yourself from the self is the self. How can I make you understand this simple thing? There is no 'how'. If I tell you that, it will only add more momentum to that.... --U.G.In the first chapter (called U.G.) of the book U.G. talks about his background, his 'calamity', and its aftermath. The other three chapters are: The Mystique of Enlightenment, No Power Outside of Man and Betwixt Bewilderment and Understanding.
Title Page, Inner Flaps and Back Cover (77K)
Download: Deutsche Übersetzung:
Mystique der Erleuchtung
von Ulla Marten
German Translation of
The Mystique of Enlightenment
by Ulla Marten
Title Page and Table of Contents with a Recent Photograph of U.G. (78K)
Originally Published by: Sowmya Publications, Bangalore, INDIA. 1990.
Kelker notes down her conversations with U.G. in a diary. This book is
a collection of some of the incidents from her diary pages. The book
also contains the article, "Pulling
Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps: An Introduction to U.G. and His
Teachings," by J.S.R.L.Narayana Moorty.
Page, Inner flaps and Back Cover
Table of Contents and Publisher's Note (6K)
by: Terry Newland
Originally Published by: Dinesh Publications, Goa, 403 101 INDIA. 1988
When the questions you have resolve themselves into just one question, your question, then that question must detonate, explode and disappear entirely, leaving behind a smoothly functioning biological organism, free of the distortion and interference of the separative thinking structure. -- U.G.Cover Page and Table of Contents (80K)
Download: Deutsche Übersetzung:
Ende der Sehnsucht
(Mind is a Myth)
Beunruhigende Gespräche mit U.G. Krishnamurti
Aus dem Englischen von Ulla Marten
Inhalt und Vorbemerkung
by: Frank Noronha and J.S.R.L.Narayana Moorty
Published by: Sowmya Publications, Bangalore, INDIA. 1991.
God or enlightenment is the ultimate pleasure, uninterrupted happiness. No such thing exists. Your wanting something that does not exist is the root of your problems. Transformation, moksh a, liberation, and all that stuff, are just variations of the same theme: permanent happiness. The body can't take uninterrupted pleasure for long; it would be destroyed. Wanting to impose a fictitious permanent state of happiness on the body is a serious neurological problem. --U.G.Cover Page, Table of Contents, etc.(35K)
with Introduction by:Frank Noronha and J.S.R.L.Narayana Moorty
Originally Published by: Akshaya Publications, Bangalore, INDIA. 1991.
You are not ready to accept the fact that you have to give up. A complete and total 'surrender'.... It is a state of hopelessness which says that there is no way out.... Any movement in any direction, on any dimension, at any level, is taking you away from yourself.... --U.G.Title Page and Table of Contents (30K)
You can also access here an article U.G.--An ENIGMA by the late Brahmachari Sivarama Sarma, included in the Delhi Edition of No Way Out (53K)
and edited by: Ellen Chrystal from the original audio tapes produced by Henk Schonewille of Amsterdam, Holland.
Published by Plover Press, 1997.
First Indian Edition, with a foreword by Mahesh Bhatt, published by Smriti Books [e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org], New Delhi, India, 2001.
You never question the solutions. If you really question the solutions you will have to question the ones who have offered you those solutions. But sentimentality stands in the way of your rejecting not only the solutions, but those who have offered you the solutions. Questioning that requires a tremendous courage on your part. You can have the courage to climb the mountain, swim the lakes, go on a raft to the other side of the Atlantic or Pacific. That any fool can do, but the courage to be on your own, to stand on your two solid feet, is something which cannot be given by somebody. You cannot free yourself of that burden by trying to develop that courage. If you are freed from the entire burden of the entire past of mankind, then what is left there is the courage. -- U.G.Book contains Henk Schonewille's Note, A Note on U.G. by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Introduction by Ellen Chrystal and Dialogues with U.G. in three parts: Part I : You don't have to do a thing, Part II: I cannot create the hunger in you; Part III: Nice meeting you, and goodbye.
Page and Table of Contents (30K)
You can order copies of the audiotapes of COURAGE TO STAND ALONE (The tapes are titled "GIVE UP") and of another audiotape called NO WAY OUT from Henk Schonewille, Hoogte Kadijk 55D, 1018 BE Amsterdam, Netherlands (Phone 31-20-420-7964).
IL CORAGGIO DI ESSERE SE STESSI
Also, the French translation of THE COURAGE TO STAND ALONE -- LE DOS AU MUR [Le Mythe de la Perfection] by Jean-Michel Terdjman [with his commentary] has recently been published by Les Deux Océans, Paris, France.
This and other French translations of U.G.'s books are listed and can be ordered from the Website of Les Deux Océans.
Download: Excerpts from
An unpublished work by Professor O.S.Reddi, a well-known geneticist from India. (149K)
From the Notebooks of K. Chandrasekhar who has kept a journal from 1969, ever since he has known U.G.:
(Translated from the Telugu) (390K);
Compiled from Audio Tapes by K. Chandrasekhar;(56K)
Compiled by K. Chandrasekhar. (40K)
STOPPED IN OUR TRACKS: Cover page and Table of Contents (36K)
Download Mahesh Bhatt's biography of U.G.:
published originally as a Viking book by Penguin Books India (P) Ltd., 1992, presented here by courtesy of the publisher.
For those who delight in reading biographies my story would be disappointing indeed. If they are looking for something in my life to change their lives for the better, they haven't got a chance. You can fit my life neatly into that rhyme for children 'Solomon Grundy'. That, in a nutshell, is yours, mine and everybody's story. There's no more to it than that. --U.G. as quoted in the Introduction.Includes 20 photographs.
Douglas Rosestone (and his wife Olivia) spent a week in January with U.G. in Hemet, Southern California and wrote a few poems. Download these POEMS ON U.G. titled Quite a Pair, Lucky Birds, Sage of Hemet, and The Cosmopolitan Avadhoot here. (9K)
Bhatt, India's well-known film maker and a friend of U.G., spent a month
in the summer of 1995 with U.G. in Gstaad, Switzerland. His journal of thirty
days with U.G., "A
TASTE OF DEATH" (130K) is included here.
Also the German Translation of this work:
Ein Vorgeschmack des Todes by Ulla Marten.[138K]
A Journal in Italian:
Resoconto di un'esperienza straordinaria vissuta durante le vacanze estive passate nell'arco di sei anni a contatto con un uomo singolare dal nome Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, più facilmente conosciuto come U.G.
Introduzione e indice
[Dr. Sistla Sreedhav's poems have a devotional quality and intensity to them. They have the same flavor as some of the best traditional spiritual poetry that came out of India. The poems sing the praise of U.G., and describe the various facets of U.G.'s person, U.G.'s dealings with people and situations around him and the effect he has on the author and others.
Download The First and Last Public Talk of U.G. after Calamity in Bangalore, India, in 1972. [***REVISED recently to include answers to questions. REVISED again on September 13, 1998.](63K)
Also, the German Translation [Revised: October 6, 1998] of this transcript:
Erste und letzte öffentliche Rede U.G.s nach seiner Kalamität by Ulla Marten. (73K)
the Italian Translation by Pierluigi Piazza
Unico Dialogo pubblico di U.G. dopo quella che lui chiama "Calamità"
Download an article by Dr. Jean-Michel Terdjman on U.G. entitled U.G.: Neither Knowledge Nor Wisdom excerpted from THE USELESS SELF, a series of reflections on the illusion of the ego, LA MOUCHE DU COCHE [THE USELESS SELF], published in a bilingual (French-English) edition by Les Deux Océans, Paris, France, 1997. (8k)
Also, the German Translation of this paper
Wissenschaft und Spiritualität by Ulla Marten. (60K)
Also access "A Response to `Science and Spirituality'" (the paper mentioned above) by Dr. T.R.Seshagiri Rao, a Professor Emeritus of Radiology, Radiation Physics, Radio-Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics.(17k)
THE NATURAL MAN
See a recent Review (3k) of this in Mountain Path.
Natural Man can be ordered from Hillside Community Church, 435
Jefferson, S.E., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87108. Phone: (505) 254-2606.
U.G.Krishnamurti -- A Life can be ordered from the Viking - Penguin in India or other Branches of Viking - Penguin.
The Courage to Stand Alone is distributed by Autonomedia, 55 South 11th ST., Brooklyn, NY, 11211-0568, Phone-Fax: (718) 963-2603.
For a video clip of U.G. produced by Mark Uppaluri [Transcribed as an MPG file: October 10, 1998](1.6mb) Download here.
You can now order two video interviews on Public Television with U.G. by Jeffrey Mishlove in the THINKING ALLOWED Series at the following sites: 1) DOES MIND MATTER (A Quartet) -- MIND AS A MYTH and 2) THE INNERWORK VIDEO COLLECTION -- THE MYSTIQUE OF ENLIGHTENMENT.
For a list of U.G.'s books translated into various languages such as Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Telugu OR U.G.'s Television and Radio Interviews, OR References to U.G. in works of various authors, please click Books, Interviews, and References. (20K)
|The Mystique of Enlightenment (Original)||The Sage and the Housewife||Mind
is a Myth:
|Thought is Your Enemy||No Way Out:||Courage to Stand Alone
|Excerpts from O.S.Reddi's SCIENCE AND U.G.||Stopped in Our Tracks||U.G.Krishnamurti: A Life||A Taste of Death||Italian Journal||Poems on U.G. by Dr. Sistla Sreedhav|
Poems on U.G.
Talk after Calamity
|"Science and Spirituality:"||"A Response to `Science and Spirituality'"U.G.:||Terdjman:
Neither Knowledge Nor Wisdom
U.G.-- AN ENIGMA
of NATURAL MAN
|Video Clip||List of Books, Interviews, and References.|
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