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UG Krishnamurti Biography

UG Krishnamurti Biography
NameUppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti
Born9 July 1918
MachilipatnamMadras Presidency, British India
Died22 March 2007
Vallecrosia, Italy
How Did UG Krishnamurti DiedSerious Injury due to Slipping
Death age88 years
WifeKusuma Kumari
SonVasant Kumar
Known forNatural state,
Nothing mystical or spiritual

Who is UG Krishnamurti

Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti (July 9, 1918 – March 22, 2007) was an Indian speaker questioning spiritual enlightenment. Having pursued and finally rejected a religious path in his youth, U.G. experienced a devastating biological transformation on his 49th birthday, an event he calls “the calamity.” He emphasised that this “natural state” transformation is a rare, acausal, biological occurrence with no religious context. He discouraged people from pursuing the “natural state” as a spiritual goal.

UG Krishnamurti Cause of Death

Died in Vallecrosia, Italy. He had slipped and wounded himself, sleeping seven weeks before his death.

U.G. had requested that no rituals or funeral rites be performed upon his death, and he had also left no instructions on how his body should be disposed of. The next day, Bhatt incinerated his body. U.G. did not want to be remembered after his death, in keeping with his own philosophy.


U.G. was born on July 9, 1918 in Machilipatnam, a coastal town of Andhra Pradesh, India, and raised in nearby Gudivada. His mother died seven days after he was born, and his maternal grandfather, a wealthy Brahmin lawyer who was also involved in the Theosophical Society, brought him up. U.G. also became a member of the Theosophical Society during his teenage years, mentioning that his grandfather “inherited” his association with the Theosophical Society. South Indian actress Gautami is his close relative, his great granddaughter being actor, writer and award-winning short film director Soumya Bollapragada.

UG Practiced Religious Austerities to Get Enlightenment

During in his Young Age, U.G. Krishnamurty reportedly practised various austerities and apparently sought moksha or spiritual enlightenment. He undertook a variety of spiritual exercises between the ages of 14 and 21, determined to find out whether moksha was possible. He also decided to prove that if there were people who “realised” themselves, they could not be hypocritical. As part of this endeavour, he searched for a person who embodied such “realisation.” He spent seven Himalayan summers with Swami Sivananda studying yoga and meditating.

During his twenties, U.G. Krishnamurthy began studying psychology, philosophy, mysticism, and science at the University of Madras, but never completed a degree, determining that the Western answers – to what he considered essential questions – were no better than those of the East.

UG Krishnamurti Met Ramana Maharishi

U.G. met well known spiritual Master Ramana Maharshi in 1939, aged 21. U.G. related that he asked Ramana, “Moksha, can you give it to me?” – to which Ramana Maharshi replied, “I can give it, but can you take it?” This answer altered U.G.’s perceptions of the “spiritual path” and its practitioners, and he never again sought advice from “those religious people.” U.G. would later say Maharshi’s answer, which he considered as “arrogant,” put him “back on track.”

UG Listened to J. Krishnamurti

From 1947 U.G. started attending talks given by Jiddu Krishnamurti in Madras, India, till 1953, finally starting direct dialogue with him in 1953. U.G. related that for a while, the two had almost daily discussions, which he claimed did not provide satisfactory answers to his questions. Finally, their meetings stopped. He described the final discussion part:

A Short Discussion between U.G. Krishnamurti and J. Krishnamurti

And then, towards the end, I kept insisting, “Come on, is anything behind the abstractions you throw at me?” And that chappie said, “You don’t know for yourself.” Finish – that’s the end of our relationship “If I don’t know, you have no way to communicate. What the fuck we’re doing? I wasted seven years. Goodbye, I won’t see you again “. Then I left.

UG Krishnamurti on Buddha

People refer to me as a “enlightened guy” — a term I despise — because they can’t think of any way to describe how I function. Simultaneously, I point out that there is no such thing as enlightenment. I say this because I’ve spent my entire life searching for and aspiring to be an enlightened man, only to realise that there is no such thing as enlightenment, and so the question of whether or not a particular person is enlightened is moot. I couldn’t care less about a Buddha from the sixth century BC, let alone all the other claimants we have in our midst. They are a group of exploiters who profit from the public’s gullibility. Outside of man, there is no power. Fear drove man to create God. So it’s fear, not God, that’s the issue.

UG Krishnamurti Calamity (Enlightenment)

U.G. decided to attend a talk by Jiddu Krishnamurti in Saanen after hearing about it. Jiddu was describing the state during the conversation, and U.G. mistook it for a reference to himself. He explained it this way:

When I was listening to him, I had the strangest impression that he was explaining my situation rather than his. Why did I want to know how he was doing? He was describing a variety of things, including movements, awareness, quiet – “In that silence, there is no thought; there is action” – and so on. So that’s where I’m at. What have I been doing for the past 30 or 40 years, listening to all these individuals and attempting to grasp his or someone else’s state, Buddha or Jesus? That’s where I’m at right now. I’m in that state right now. As a result, I exited the tent and never looked back.

Then, strangely enough, the inquiry “What is that state?” became “How do I know that I am in that condition, the state of Buddha, the state I so desperately desired and demanded from everyone?” But how do I know I’m in that state?

UG Krishnamurti Quote

The next day, U.G. was questioning the same question, “How do I know I’m in that state?” without receiving an answer. He subsequently explained that when he realised there was no response to the question, he experienced an unanticipated bodily and psychological reaction. “A sudden ‘explosion’ within, exploding, as it were, every cell, every neuron, and every gland in my body,” he described it as. Following that, he began to experience “the calamity,” a sequence of weird physiological shifts that lasted for a week, impacting each of his senses and eventually culminating in a deathlike experience. He put it in this way:

From the perspective of someone who believes this is something fantastic, blissful, and full of beatitude, love, or ecstasy, it is physical anguish; it is a tragedy from that perspective. It’s not a tragedy for me, but it’s a calamity for people who believe something wonderful is about to happen.

UG Krishnamurti Quote

Philosophy and Teachings

I am not a teacher. Nothing is worth preserving. The term “teaching” connotes something that can be used to effect change. Sorry, but there is no instruction here, just a series of broken, disconnected phrases. There is nothing but your interpretation of what is there. As a result, there is no copyright for anything I say now or in the future. I don’t have any claims.

Because of the nature of your hearing, I am compelled to always counter the first assertion with a counter-statement. Then a third statement negates the second, and so on. My goal is to negate everything that can be articulated, not some cosy dialectical thesis.


Man is nothing more than a memory. With the knowledge that was implanted in you, you are able to comprehend what is going on around you. You may require the artist’s assistance in understanding his modern art, but you do not require anyone’s assistance in understanding a flower. You can deal with anything and accomplish anything if you don’t waste your time chasing after illusory ambitions.

UG Krishnamurti

I’m not anti-rational; rather, I’m irrational. You may deduce a rational meaning from what I say or do, but that is your responsibility, not mine.

UG Krishnamurti

UG Krishnamurti on Meditation

God is the source of infinite pleasure and joy. Such a thing does not exist. Your difficulty stems from your desire for something that does not exist. All of these concepts, such as transformation, moksha, and liberation, are variations on the same theme: eternal happiness. That is too much for the body to handle. The pleasure of sex, for example, is fleeting by nature. The body cannot sustain continuous pleasure for lengthy periods of time; otherwise, it would be destroyed. It’s a significant neurological issue to try to impose a fictitious, permanent sense of bliss on the body.

UG Krishnamurti on Meditation

Trying to silence the mind with Meditation is basically violence against the mind, as it is suppressing its natural instincts. Thoughts

UG Krishnamurti on meditation


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