Thursday, March 29, 2007

R.I.P. U.G.

File under: Real True Gurus

A reader alerted us to the fact that U.G. Krishnamurti is no longer for this world. A true anti-guru guru, U.G. seemed to make every effort to demystify the truths of self-realization, something we're attempting to hack away at as well.

Our friend Bruce Morgen encapsulates U.G. this way:
Never underestimate the power and value of one who delivers a kick in the ass(umptions), even if (s)he is personally quite insane...
The world is minus one good, crazy ass-kicker now.

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At 3/29/2007 8:12 PM, Anonymous passerbye said...

I thought he was just this cranky old dude, with an axe to grind. Not to diminish his asskicking abilities. This blog now continues the axe-grinding and ass-kicking. Lovely old chap, now dead.

Don't think he'd go for the "Rest In Peace" lark though. He'd probably say nobody died and nobody now rests in peace. Which would, technically speaking, be correct.

There's some good UG on YouTube. Off to watch it now.

 
At 3/29/2007 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have nothing against U.G. or his non-follower followers, but I don't get his appeal. Where's that advaitic joy of nothingness or peace-that-passeth-understanding stuff that the other "awakened ones" claim to have experienced? I've watched U.G. on video and he's like a cranky old shrugging existentialist, minus the Gallic charm. Why not just read Sartre, get drunk and screw?

Off to re-watch I Heart Huckabees; at least it's funny.

 
At 3/29/2007 9:56 PM, Blogger Antarananda said...

I don't get his appeal. Where's that advaitic joy of nothingness or peace-that-passeth-understanding stuff that the other "awakened ones" claim to have experienced?

There is no contradiction here. Advaitic realization is attributed to include the experience of Ananda, or Bliss, which is quite different from "joy". It is not a mental phenomenon or feeling - Bliss always exists as the substratum over which the cranky personality quirks are superimposed. However, even the crankiness causes no discomfiture to the individual. UG was awesome in his modern-day Buddha ways of teaching.

 
At 3/30/2007 2:55 AM, Anonymous betty boom said...

U.G. would never teach anything.... he would make sure to turn upside down yous mental schemes, and shake your head, and make sure that you would not learn anything from him.
not many people could ever see the core of his being, as the most authentic guy I have ever known.
This advaitic joy that you talk, is nothing but your ideas. I agree with Antarananda.
I feel Gratitude towards UG, for shaking my head and throw it to hell, the same hell I was already living, but with closed eyes. The shaking must have open the eyes so that i could see....

 
At 3/30/2007 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

U.G. was actually full of humor and had the eyes of the trickster. Wow! there was always plenty of laughter around him -- to the end.

 
At 3/30/2007 9:23 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Betty Boom said...I feel Gratitude towards UG, for shaking my head and throw it to hell, the same hell I was already living, but with closed eyes. The shaking must have open the eyes so that i could see....

..............

That's real poetry, Betty Boom!

 
At 3/30/2007 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"U.G. would never teach anything.... he would make sure to turn upside down yous mental schemes, and shake your head, and make sure that you would not learn anything from him."

Sounds like a gooroo to me!

 
At 3/31/2007 2:51 AM, Anonymous betty boom said...

anon: Sounds like a gooroo to me!

thats why we talk about him here.

 
At 4/04/2007 5:56 PM, Blogger hanuman said...

Another great advaitin died this on 12 March: Ajja, as a friend emailed me from india.Ajja, also known as Bhagavan Arabbi Nithyanandam, was a great Jnani who lived in the jungles outside of Mangalore, India.
Ajjas Website
Newspaper article

Ajja was known to a larger audience through this article in 'What is Enlightenment'

 
At 7/02/2007 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the dude. He was nothing but himself. The easiest thing to be yet apparently the most difficult because we are filled with ideals of ideal behaviour. When the ideal is gone, you are what you are; maybe a cranky motherfocker, and that is your natural state; what you are without its opposite of what you think you should be.

 
At 11/23/2007 3:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ajja's website has been setup. Details about his life, teachings, photos etc have been put up there. There is also rare photo of Ajja and U.G. together in the Gallery section.
URL: http://www.myajja.org

 

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