With his volatile reactions to the concept of spirituality, U.G. Krishnamurti attacks the entire foundation of human thought. Yet, he has left a deep impact on many lives. The following are extracts from conversations UG has had with people who sought him out
"UG is totally gigested in my system" Vijay Anand, film-makerIf you ask me about UG, I wouldn’t know what to say. Firstly, I am not competent to talk about him and secondly I cannot become a mediator between UG and you.
Most people are likely to misunderstand if you talk about him. UG is totally digested in my system.I don’t miss him and there are times when I want to meet him not as a teacher, but as a human being.
Every time he comes, there is one question I ask. I keep looking for meaning because the question has mingled with my life. Whenever he comes, he spends a lot of time with me.
He wastes his time purposely since he is at a stage where he considers these talks as nonsense.To some people, they are mere entertainment. For me it is a serious a matter. He doesn’t realise how impressionable the human mind is.
I had to go and stop everybody to ask my question: ‘‘There is a contradiction in you. While you say both A and B, they don’t match. Where do you stand?’’
The answer he gave had no relevance to the question asked. But something happened suddenly. The question fell off just like that. I wish he would clarify a lot of mess about religion.
I feel there is a basis to a lot of things that have happened in this country. He has to make fun of them and destroy them before he finds the real meaning.
But he is never going to do it (clarify things), because it is dangerous.
If a man of tradition comes to ask a question and UG’s answer is not in the negative, he sticks to that tradition, which UG dreads.He wants to destroy old traditions. He is the greatest non-teacher teacher of this world.
He doesn’t want to be a teacher and give you everything. Instead he wants to take away everything. He refers to all knowledge as garbage because it is destructive to us.
But the tragedy is that if the garbage is removed out of you, the world too moves out of you. You become garbage to the world and the world starts appearing as garbage.
So the feelings we harbour about ourselves as better human beings, more spiritual, having questions and being seekers are all nonsense and hence fall off. When it falls off, what remains with you is the misery of your own existence.
For 99 per cent of the people, the drive goes away. That kind of a revolution can be brought about by a few people with great understanding.
Our understanding has been torn apart by UG but you can’t see him doing that. His words will haunt you later.
You are not conscious of the fact but somewhere they are working on you. Later, when you pick up the same questions in a UG book, you can read only half a page and throw it off as garbage.
Even UG looks like garbage most of the time. If I never see UG again, I will have no regrets. I think UG has done his work on me.
I have got (rather I have lost) what I should have lost. I am a content man. The greatest fortune in my life was that I met a man called UG. Otherwise, my life would have been a total waste.
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