A Taste of Life: the Last Days of UG

Yes, the new book A Taste of of Life: the last days of U. G. Krisnamurti by Mahesh Bhatt is being released from the publisher, Penguin Books India. [Imprint: Penguin Books India, June 2009]. The Publishers brought out the Information Sheet of this release and it briefs lucidly the following text:

A Taste of LifePenguin Books India
is proud to announce the publication of
A TASTE OF LIFE
Last days of U.G. Krishnamurti
by Mahesh Bhatt
The final days that well known film-maker Mahesh Bhatt Spent with U.G. Krishnamurti

‘Those who talk about death don’t want to die. I don’t want to go and I don’t want to stay.’
– U.G. Krishnamurti

U.G. Krishnamurti famously described enlightenment as a neurobiological state of being with no religious, psychological or mystical implications. He did not lecture, did not set up organizations, held no gatherings and professed to have no message for mankind.

Known as the ‘anti-guru’, the ‘raging sage’ and the thinker who shuns thought’, U.G. spent his life destroying accepted beliefs in science, god, mind, soul, religion, love and relationships – all the props man uses to live life. Having taken away all support systems from those who came to him, he refused to replace them with those of his own; always insisting that each must find his own truth.

And when U.G. knew that it was time for him to go, he refused all attempts to prolong life with medical help. He let nature, and his body, take their course.

On the afternoon of 22 March 2007, U.G. Krishnamurti passed away in Vallecrosia, Italy.

A bare, intensely personal account of bedside vigil with the dying, A Taste of Life records the final days that well known film-maker Mahesh Bhatt spent with U.G. Krishnamurti. It
narrates how, in death, U.G. shows the author and us a way to live life.

About Mahesh Bhatt:

Mahesh Bhatt began his journey in the film industry in 1973. He broke new ground with, and received critical and commercial acclaim for Arth. He followed Arth with Saransh, Janam, Daddy, Sir, Tamanna and, finally the national award winning Zakham. Today he does not direct films but is still involved in the industry and has written screen plays for many movies, directed several documentaries and has anchored and hosted for Sahara television Haqueeqat, a show on human right violations, as well as Imaging Science, a show telecast on Doordarshan.

Mahesh Bhatt wrote U.G. Krishnamurti: A Life which has been translated into several languages. He contributes regularly to newspapers of national circulation in English as well as in Hindi. He also compiled, edited and wrote the foreword for a book of quotations of U.G. Krishnamurti called The Little Book of Questions.


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7 Responses to A Taste of Life: the Last Days of UG

  1. Tej says:

    Cool! Gotta run to Landmark and get hold of this.

  2. surjeet says:

    A TASTE OF LIFE

    ( A poem by Surjeet and Sunita using titles of fifteen books, written by various fans of UG )

    In a dark
    lonely dense forest
    I was alone,
    finding’ no way out’
    and then suddenly
    lightning bolt struck..!!!!!
    Thunder!!…..’A taste of death’
    Fear!!!!…..deep down deep
    ‘I stopped in tracks’
    collecting all ‘the courage to stand alone’
    Three steps next………….
    wearing a white robe,
    stood ‘mystique of enlightenment’.
    Darkness overpowering silence………
    Suddenly the sage spoke
    ” shed the fear my child,
    come to your ‘natural state'”
    Soothing were his words,
    F e a r evaporating…..
    “Mind is a myth’ and ‘thought is your enemy’.
    Switch to ‘the other side of belief’
    and become ‘the natural man’
    fill yourself with love……………………..
    have trust in God”

    Silence………………………………
    followed by a tick tock tock
    sage was gone
    followed by four ‘god men con men’
    Morning breeze………
    Birds chirping…………..
    ‘the curse is broken’
    I opened my eyes
    A DREAM ???? what a dream??

    A remembrance of UG says…….
    ‘A Life is a given time where
    ‘the sage and the housewife’ are
    equally entitled to break the curse
    and reach HOME.

  3. surjeet says:

    A Bouquet presented by
    Sunita and Surjeet
    to all the eminent writers, WITH a TAG,
    “long live UG in the hearts of his admirers”

    A TASTE OF LIFE

    In a dark
    lonely dense forest
    I was alone,
    finding’ no way out’
    and then suddenly
    lightning bolt struck..!!!!!
    Thunder!!…..’A taste of death’
    Fear!!!!…..deep down deep
    ‘I stopped in tracks’
    collecting all ‘the courage to stand alone’
    Three steps next………….
    wearing a white robe,
    stood ‘mystique of enlightenment’.
    Darkness overpowering silence………
    Suddenly the sage spoke
    ” shed the fear my child,
    come to your ‘natural state'”
    Soothing were his words,
    F e a r evaporating…..
    “Mind is a myth’ and ‘thought is your enemy’.
    Switch to ‘the other side of belief’
    and become ‘the natural man’
    fill yourself with love……………………..
    have trust in God”

    Silence………………………………
    followed by a tick tock tock
    sage was gone
    followed by four ‘god men con men’
    Morning breeze………
    Birds chirping…………..
    ‘the curse is broken’
    I opened my eyes
    A DREAM ???? what a dream??

    A remembrance of UG says…….
    ‘A Life is a given time where
    ‘the sage and the housewife’ are
    equally entitled to break the curse
    and reach HOME.

  4. sulochanosho says:

    Surjeet amd Sunita, we extend our warm wishes to you. Thank you very much. We love your creativity and lines of poetry.

  5. surjeet says:

    Thanks for the compliments Sulochanosho.
    Surjeet

  6. Ramachandra says:

    I don’t want to go and I don’t want to stay.’

    This is quintessential U.G. confusion which has infected all of his disciples. He didn’t know what he was talking about most of the time, but he was honest enough to admit that it was “a dog barking here.”

    Obviously, one can’t have it both ways, i.e., stay and go at the same time.

    On You tube, there’s a clip of U.G. in the last months of his life telling one of his “hangers on” that the American Moon landing was staged!

    That’s says it all! Sheer lunacy!

    • Anna says:

      “I don’t want to go and I don’t want to stay”, what he really meant was that – he as “I” never existed on UG, therefore, no dualistic answer which comes from “thought” is the truth as there is no actual death or birth when there is no “I” isn’t it? who is there “not wanting to go” or “wanting to go”,both are wrong views produced by THOUGHT which is impermanent. Unless one realizes these great masters, one will look from the glasses they see the world of…

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