Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What do you think of UG Krishnamurti and his claim that there is no such thing as enlightenment, and that meditation or any other "practice" is itself a distraction?



First, it is important to understand that UG Krishnamurti and the more famous Jeddu Krishnamurti are not the same guy. There is no connection between the two. The first photo is Jeddu, the second is UG. 

I am a Jeddu fan, not so much a UG fan, thought I don't have any problems with him. I just do not find him very interesting or profound. 

That said, there is some truth to his statement, but only at a high level of perception. Meditation and the idea of Enlightenment need to be abandoned eventually, but to do so from the start is usually a mistake.

Any ism must eventually be discarded at the higher stages. But without the ism, it is very difficult to reach those stages.

To tell the truth to those not ready to hear it is often worse than telling a lie.

3 comments:

Frater POS said...

Any ism must eventually be discarded at the higher stages. But without the ism, it is very difficult to reach those stages.

I couldn't agree more

To tell the truth to those not ready to hear it is often worse than telling a lie.

A phrase often use and I'm looked at in bewilderment.

redisadore said...

To tell the truth to those not ready to hear it is often worse than telling a lie.

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Well said. A strange and hard lesson to learn.

Kim @redhandferi

Dr. Rajib K. Sinharay said...

Yes, what UG said is certainly distraction from conventional practices of spiritualism. But anyone need to examine how far Enlightenment is true and what actually we do during "meditation"?

"Meditation" in Sanskrit is "Dhayana" which means concentration. In meditation conventionally we concentrate in different targets in different traditions: i) concentrate on the "God" you want to see; ii) concentrate on your breadth to observe and control it; iii) observe your mind to make it so called "thoughtless"; iv) concentrate on imagination that everything is vacuum or "sunya" (Sanskrit) and so on...Thus all meditation technique concentrate and try to attain some pre-conceived imaginary targets assuming that target is "Truth" or that state will reveal the "Absolute Truth". Such "Truth" is always a mere assumption and conditioning created by borrowed previous knowledge. Seekers continuously practice meditation months and years together focusing on such self-imagination which finally may lead to a self hypnosis of attaining "Target"-attaining "Enlightenment". Millions of such "Enlightened Masters" live a unconventional life and ends up in dark caves, as an unsocial individual, depressed, silent etc. and grossly remain unknown. Few lucky of them sometimes become popular for their unconventional life & ideas which some people of society may find "profound" to solve their physical & social difficulties and start following them. Thus, known "Enlightened Masters" are such few lucky persons though many of them never had a comfortable life.

I recommend to watch the following BBC documentary which will help to understand the hypnosis, meditation and supernatural powers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5AhnLsogpU


U G Krishnamurthi's advise to stop such futile effort may help people to live a comfortable "Human Life"!