Don't Call Him Guru: U.G. Krishnamurti
File under: Real True Gurus
Despite his best efforts to avoid the office, U.G. Krishnamurti is a real true anti- guru, and that's the best kind of guru there is. As far as we can tell, he is the absolute opposite of the Kracki in terms of his complete and utter denial of anything that the Kracki "teaches" about enlightenment. He is also the anti-Sri Sri in that he strenuously avoids any and all adulation... at every opportunity. This in the face of the fact that he is "the most talked about thinker in India, and his biography... has topped the best seller list for the last nine months." Sri Sri would dance in a tutu at the Taj Mahal on television for that kind of press.
We're feeling rather sheepish for not knowing more about the guy, because from what little we've just read, we should be hoisting his face on the home page as the patron saint of this blog, although he'd probably call us idiotic for doing so.
It's not that we haven't known about him at all. A mentor has been mentioning U.G. for years. But from what we can now tell, this dude is kryptonite to those occluding ideas which give this blog a reason to exist:
He claims that the reason people come to him and to gurus is to find solutions to ease their everyday real problems or for solutions to a fabricated problem, namely, the search for spirituality and enlightenment. He continues to say this drive is caused by the cultural environment, which demands conformity of individuals and places within them the desire to be special. Consequently, it is this need that is exploited by gurus, spiritual teachers, and sellers of "shoddy goods", who pretend to offer the way to reach that goal but never deliver and cannot since the goal is itself unreachable.U.G. is now our new BFF... whether or not we ever speak a word to his face.
This is what brought our attention to him, and we're going to read this, this, this, this and this to find out more.