Visited UG Krishnamurthy

Two or more years ago I came across a book on UG. My curiosity doubled when i noticed that it was written by Mahesh Bhatt. Yes, film director Mahesh Bhatt. I think I first came to know about UG from my research guide (AKL). I still remember, one incident from the book. After writing the book Mahesh Bhatt asks UG as to what should he name it as. UG ignored the question but soon spotting a fly on the table he suggests, “How about ‘the fly on the table'”!

Well, I came to know from AKL, sometime in Feb, that UG is in Bangalore at Banashankari and will be available until 31st March. I deferred meeting him until today when I finally moved out of my hole. I waited almost an hour for the direct bus but invain. I then decided on moving to Majestic and then to Banashankari. On reaching Banashankari I was told that Katriguppa, the place where UG is put in is another 15min bus ride. I finally reached the water tank stop and with a little searching around located house no 345. At the entrance following the portico there is a small drawing room where UG is reclining on sofa. He is dresses in white kurta-pyjama, looked lean with less dense hair but his face is bright. A few people, but enough to fill the room, were already seated. I found place near the doormat and adjusted.  A western lady, 50-60 years of age, graceful, saintly looking was sitting on another sofa next to him. In all there were 7 westerners, 4 women and 3 men, in the room.

I was late. It was only 20 or so minutes when he suddenly got up and said enough. I had to leave on my long journey back home; it took me two and half hours to reach there. He got into the next room; I heard him say, “what about the dinner, i am hungry?”

I took sometime to adjust to the general level of noise in the room.  His pitch was low and I could barely hear. But soon I started gathering bits and then complete sentences. Earlier, to a western disciple, who was recording him on the cam he said, “why do you want to record this ugly face with wrinkles and ….. look i am 90…” Then I noticed that just opposite to where he was seated, on the wall was a large photograph of his probably in his 40’s or early 50’s or so. He looked handsome with hair until shoulder-something like a bob-cut.  The westerner immediately stopped recording. He recounted a story illustrating how money is important and how “whatever I touch I turn into gold” … … …”There is nothing wrong with bribe”…to which somebody remarked that the rich can afford to bribe what will the poor do…He recounted how once for the telephone they paid bribe and got it done within a short time …”they should also become rich”…”there should be no poor”… “the salaries of the president, prime minister and every body else must be the same”

I was warned by AKL about his habit of using foul language. I had imagined him to be using all kinds of foul words on any and every body in the audience. But he did’nt. He called the saintly lady next to him a bitch, once.  And then, in an answer to another person, referred to Ramana Maharshi as “that bastard ramana”. The person had asked, “when you say I did this, I did that, which I are you referring to?” To which he said, “first person singular” and then said that Ramana kept reminding people to ask who am i? but where is the I there. Even I is not there. And then a few words denouncing him… “find out who am I, I have done it sitting in caves”…its all false. Every one has his own- I guess this is the essence of what he was trying to say…

It is documented that once UG went to Ramana and said something to this effect “If you are as big as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa why don’t you give me the experience that he gave to Swami Vivekananda”. To which Ramana said, “I can give but can you take it?”. UG left flabbergasted.

13 Responses to “Visited UG Krishnamurthy”

  1. Balu Says:

    Hello Sir,

    I am desperate to find the current residence of UG…pls pls pls help me..Any information u provide will be of great help…or, any point of contact atleast???

  2. dinanath Says:

    This site http://www.well.com/~jct/ is updated on a regular basis and even has video’s of his talks. You can try reaching the webmaster.
    apologies for the late reply…offlate i have been falling short of time

  3. henry Says:

    Welcome!!! henry wolff and nancy hennings tibetan bells

  4. G.Sankarraman Says:

    U.G is a most authentic spiritual man, least interested in propaganda. He has excelled even J.K in that. But traditionalists will not accept him. He can be equated with the Tamil Siddhar, ” Siva Vakkiyar”, who in a similar vein condemned all tradition.

  5. G.Sankarraman Says:

    In spite of all his apparently discouraging negative ways of talking, U.G is a clear pointer to the fact that meditation is a very serious affair, and one cannot dabble with it for achieving something. U.G. himself has passed through all serious sadhanas, and finally only has achieved his consummation.

  6. G.Sankarraman Says:

    I believe that U.G’s encounter with Ramana only triggered of his latent potentialities. I don’t know what he means by saying that enlightenment has to do only with bodily process. His understanding is more psychological, when he says that human life manifests for no purpose, and that there is no autonomous entity like thought, having independence. That is close to Nisargdatta’s teachings, who raises the question, ” Were you consulted by somebody, when you were pushed into the world”, pointing out thereby that there is no individual I, but only the totality of manifestation, expressing itself in myraids of forms. So, for rebirth or enlightenment, to take place, there is no entity, according to Maharaj. U.G has attended to the session of Nisargdatta Maharaj at the behest of a common friend, being only an onlooker of the goings-on.

  7. dinanath Says:

    Thanx Sankarraman, for your informative comments on this link. I have read only as far as my curiosity lasted about UG, Ramana and Nisargadatta. Your interest seems to me of a deeper kind. Its news to me that UG and Nisargadatta met. There may not have been a need for dialogue between them. But it would be interesting to know if there was any.

  8. G.Sankarraman Says:

    Happy, Mr Diannath, to know your curiosity to know about U.G. I have met him on several occasions. He doesn’t have any special agenda unlike the religious godmen, parading their knowledge. There is a reference to the state of U.G, the mutations his brain went through. I don’t remember the chapter which might be anywhere from 70 to 80. The name of U.G has not been mentioned. But U.G told me that the reference was only to himself. I shall find out, and write to you. U.G doesn’t have any skeletons rattling in his cupboard. He is a man of highest integrity, being very simple, accepting everything that comes in life, which is the true characteristic of a jivan mukta. Even at the time of his passing away, he didn’t make much fuss about his returning back to the world to redeem humanity, by which statement many pseudo gurus gull people.

  9. G.Sankarraman Says:

    It is interesting to note that Paul Brunton has met U.G, referring to him as Krishnamurti 2. Details of the discussion have not been mentioned in the notebooks of Brunton.

  10. pranab roy Says:

    stop talking about him u ruts. do yr job or whatsoever..but leave him. he does not exist anymore. did u understand or still u want to follow him like idiots.

  11. J.Natarajan Says:

    sankarraman,dinanath,

    UG talk more of continuation than splits of events like there is no cause and effect both or one event only same goes to his “calamity” any how like someone says experiencing before understanding. all talks or reading lead to more of confusion only till realisation.

  12. sulochanosho Says:

    good reading and sharing there.
    Yes, UG is just like a fly on the table, we can not meet him.

  13. Manu Namasivayam Says:

    A comprehensive site exclusively for Nisargadatta Maharaj. With more than 200 pages, it includes all books, hundreds of rare photos, videos, print-size portraits, and many more.
    Visit : http://nisargadatta.co.cc/

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