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The Natural State In the words of U.G. Krishnamurti Peter Maverick 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 Introduction Here is the end of seeking, you who are weary of the road. This compilation of quotes by U.G. Krishnamurti can alter your life. Someone once said to his daughter who had met U.G., Damned be the day you met this man; your life will never be the same. Whether we feel cursed or blessed, our coming upon the unique life/energy that is U.G. can change our lif
    The Natural State In the words of U.G. Krishnamurti   Peter Maverick    1   ·   2   ·   3   ·   4   ·   5   Introduction  Here is the end of seeking, you who are weary of the road. This compilation of quotes by U.G. Krishnamurti can alter your life. Someone once said to his daughter whohad met U.G., Damned be the day you met this man; your life will never be the same. Whether we feel cursedor blessed, our coming upon the unique life/energy that is U.G. can change our life forever.This book, an anthology of U.G.'s conversations, taken from many sources, offers some of the most startlingand penetrating of U.G.'s words in short, easy to read paragraphs. The selections link together variousstatements of U.G.'s in a way that creates a sense of cohesiveness. The overall effect of the book can stun thereader into a recognition of the futility of many of his deepest-held convictions about life. Even if one isfamiliar with U.G.'s way of seeing things, this book offers a comprehensive overview that provides a usefulclarification. If you have newly discovered U.G. through this book, be prepared to experience something sounusual that it cannot be placed in any category of human thought.Don't underestimate the power of his words. Here is an srcinal thinker unlike anyone you've ever come across before. The hundred thousand books of cliched thoughts on spirituality, psychology and self-help availabletoday offer you ways that are congenial to what you already know. U.G. merely offers to shatter what you know and not to replace it with anything, no new technique, or discipline or way. Are you ready to be shattered, tohave your beliefs stripped away and then not be given anything new to hang on to? Then read this book. It's nota way beyond all the other ways. It's outside of ways altogether.If you shock easily, this may not be for you. Yet there is love here too, though U.G. would never use the wordlove. A love that can take away everything you thought you were and leave a yearning for more of this strangealchemy that is U.G. So even if you do shock easily, this may be the very thing for you. U.G. is not a teacher inthe usual sense of the word. He is perhaps more of a phenomenon of nature, something outside of what human beings have created. Something happened to him in his 49th year, an acausal release from the dominance of   the thought structure that encases human beings. U.G. calls this state he is in the natural state , and hefunctions with great clarity and efficiency in this state. Now in his 80's, U.G. travels around the world visitingfriends and talking to people from all walks of life.He does not give you anything to replace your current belief system. But if you see how penetrating his analysisof human belief is, you may be forced to drop many of your most cherished ideas about life. This can free you tosome extent, and you may find your life becoming simpler not through any effort of yours but simply because you no longer have to carry the burden of so many belief structures. U.G. is not interested in converting you toa new religion or to any belief system whatsoever.He expresses a unique point of view and tells you to take it or leave it. He is not trying to make you into a betterperson. In fact, he says that you don't need to change anything and that it is our tragedy that we are constantly trying to change ourselves. Who you are is completely unique, yet you are trying to model yourself afteranother, usually one of the saints, sages, or saviors of mankind .In the end, what you are left with after your encounter with U.G.—either through his words or his actualpresence—is the feeling that something different has happened to you, but you can't quite say what it is. Youfeel that somehow your life has changed, but you don't know in what way. There is a kind of energy you feelunderneath things, perhaps a slight burning in your heart—you've entered a world that you never knew existedand you will never be the same again. And you can't even say whether this is a curse or blessing, but you know  you would never trade your encounter with U.G. for anything in this life—no matter what it cost you.So if you have the guts to allow your whole way of seeing things to be changed, by all means read this book:life's own energy, freed from thought, is here.Larry Morris Albuquerque      The Natural State In the words of U.G. Krishnamurti   Peter Maverick    1   ·   2   ·   3   ·   4   ·   5   1    Whatever you do in the pursuit of truth or reality takes you away from your own very natural state in which you always are. It's not something you can acquire, attain or accomplish as a result of your effort. All that youdo makes it impossible for what already is there to express itself. That is why I call this your natural state. You're always in that state. What prevents what is there from expressing itself in its own way is the search. Thesearch is always  in the wrong direction, so all   that you consider very profound, all   that you consider sacred, isa contamination in that consciousness. You may not [Laughs] like the word contamination but all that youconsider sacred, holy and profound   is a contamination. There's nothing that you can do, it's not in your hands.This is something which I can't give because you have  it. It is ridiculous to ask for a thing which you already have. There isn't anything to get from anybody. You have what I have. I say you are there. _______I was brought up in a very religious atmosphere. My grandfather was a very cultured man. He knew Blavatsky [the founder of the Theosophical Society] and Olcott, and then, later on, the second and third generations of Theosophists. They all visited our house. He was a great lawyer, a very rich man, a very cultured man and, very strangely, a very orthodox man. He was a sort of mixed-up kid: orthodoxy, tradition on one side and then theopposite, Theosophy and the whole thing on the other side. He failed to establish a balance. That was the beginning of my problem.[U.G. was often told that his mother had said, just before she died, that he was born to a destiny immeasurably high. His grandfather took this very seriously and gave up his law practice to devote himself to U.G.'supbringing and education. His grandparents and their friends were convinced that he was a yoga bhrashta , one who had come within inches of enlightenment in his past life.]He had learned men on his payroll and he dedicated himself for some reason—I don't want to go into the whole business—to create a profound atmosphere for me and to educate me in the right way, inspired by theTheosophists and the whole lot. And so, every morning those fellows would come and read the Upanishads,Panchadasi, Nyshkarmya Siddhi, the commentaries, the commentaries on commentaries, the whole lot, fromfour o'clock to six o'clock, and this little boy of five, six or seven years—I don't know—had to listen to all thatcrap. So much so that by the time I reached my seventh year I could repeat most of those things, the passages  from the Panchadasi ,  Nyshkarmya Siddhi and this, that and the other.So many holy men visited my house—the Ramakrishna Order and the others; you name it, and those fellowshad somehow visited that house—that was an open house for every holy man. So, one thing I discovered when I was quite young was that they were all hypocrites: they said something, they believed something, and their lives were shallow, nothing. I lived in the midst of people who talked of these things everlastingly—everybody wasfalse, I can tell you. So somehow, what you call existentialist nausea—revulsion against everything sacred andeverything holy—crept into my system and threw everything out.That was the beginning of my search. I did everything, all the austerities. I was so young but I was determinedto find out if there was any such thing as enlightenment. I wanted that very much. Otherwise, I wouldn't havegiven my life. Then my real search began. All my religious background was there in me. Then I startedexploring. For some years I studied psychology and also philosophy, Eastern and Western, mysticism, all themodern sciences, everything. The whole area of human knowledge I started exploring on my own.Before my forty-ninth year I had so many powers, so many experiences, but I didn't pay any attention to them.The moment I saw someone I could see their entire past, present and future without their telling me anything. Ididn't use them. I was wondering, puzzled, you see, Why do I have this power? Sometimes I said things andthey always happened. I couldn't figure out the mechanism of that. I tried to. They always happened. I didn'tplay with it. Then it had certain unpleasant consequences and created suffering for some people. _______[U.G. was travelling all over the world, still lecturing. In 1955, leaving his daughters in India, he and his wifemoved to the United States in search of treatment for his son Vasant's polio. By 1961 his money was finished,and he felt beginning within him a tremendous upheaval which he could not and did not wish to control, and which was to last six years and end with the 'calamity'. His marriage broke up. He put his wife and sons—asecond, Kumar, had been born in Chicago—on a plane to India, and he went to London. He arrived pennilessand began roaming the city. For three years he lived idly in the streets. His friends saw him as heading on aheadlong course downhill, but he says that at the time his life seemed perfectly natural to him. Later, religious-minded people were to use the mystics' phrase 'the dark night of the soul' to describe those years, but in his view there was no heroic struggle with temptation and worldliness, no soul-wrestling with urges, no poeticclimaxes, but just a simple withering away of the will. ] All kinds of funny things happened to me. I remember when I rubbed my body like this, there was a sparkle,like a phosphorous glow, on the body. She [Valentine] used to run out of her bedroom to see—she thought there were cars going that way in the middle of the night. Every time I rolled in my bed there was a sparkling of light[Laughs] and it was so funny for me— What is this? It was electricity—that is why I say it is anelectromagnetic field. At first I thought it was because of my nylon clothes and static electricity; but then Istopped using nylon. I was a very skeptical heretic, to the tips of my toes, I never believed in anything; even if Isaw some miracle happen before me, I didn't accept that at all—such was the make-up of this man. It neveroccurred to me that anything of that sort was in the making for me. Very strange things happened to me, but I never related those things to liberation or freedom or moksha, because by that time the whole thing had gone out of my system. I had arrived at a point where I said to myself  Buddha deluded himself and deluded others. All those teachers and saviors of mankind were damned fools—they fooled themselves—so I'm not interested in this kind of thing anymore, so it went out of my systemcompletely. It went on and on in its own way—peculiar things—but never did I say to myself, Well, [Laughs] Iam getting there, I am nearer to that. There is no nearness to that, there is no farawayness from that, there isno closeness to that. Nobody is nearer to that because he is different, he is prepared. There's no readiness forthat; it just hits you like a ton of bricks.The whole thing is finished for me and that's all. The linking gets broken and once it is broken it is finished.Then it is not once that thought explodes—every time a thought arises it explodes. The division cannot stay there, it's a physical impossibility. You don't have to do a thing about it. That is why I say that when thisexplosion takes place (I use the word explosion because it's like a nuclear explosion) it leaves behind chain-reactions. Every cell in your body has to undergo this change.It's an irreversible change. There's no question of your going back. It is like a nuclear explosion. It shatters the whole body. It is not an easy thing. It is the end of the man, such a shattering thing that it blasts every cell,every nerve in your body. I went through terrible physical torture at that moment; not that you experience theexplosion—you can't experience the explosion—but its after-effects. The fallout is the thing that changes the
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