UG is for life

March 26, 2011

UG friends and admirers gathered at ‘Hridaya Vihar’ – UG House – Bangalore UG Krishnamurtion 22 Mar 2011 thanks to the splendid hospitality extended by Mrs. Suguna Chandrasekhar and Mr. K. Chandrasekhar Babu, to mark or make ‘the 4th UG Aradhana’ event; not for UG, but for the sake of UG friends themselves, so to say.

Meetings and manthans (churnings) are always the best parts of our life. It’s not just an occasion to pay our respects or remembrances to UG, which he never wanted to happen. At least as far as UG is considered, we may take it as an occasion to hit our backs as to see whether we are living our ‘life’ in its freshness and fullness. And that’s all that we may do to UG.

An interesting part of this gathering was the varied and candid exchanges of views on the newly published book, “My mission, if there is any, should be, from now on, to debunk every statement I have made. If you take seriously and try to use or apply what I have said, you will be in danger.”
– UG
[More]
The Biology of Enlightenment: Unpublished Conversations Of U. G. Krishnamurti After He Came Into The Natural State (1967-71), edited by Mukunda Rao. [More about this Book] Even though a more common view is expressed there that now UG is more approachable and reachable, as in this book UG moves on a sanguine and sane way unlike his hardcore utterances of the later period – through 1980s, 1990s and till his death-bed statement in March 2007; but for those who have really read in between the lines of this rare new book, there is absolutely no different UG – it’s the same hardcore staring UG. Only the lingo may be a little traditional and not aggressively radical, otherwise it is the same UG.

This book may be considered as the ‘essence’ phase of UG; and the later period till the physical death of UG may be considered as the ‘enforcement of the essence’ phase, where the only focus of UG was to push an individual to the dead end of the hard wall so that there is no escape and he can directly stare into the very life force on his own. It is in this second phase that UG used his own inimical lingo of slang and extreme abuse. He used the worst possible kind of filthy language, only to make us healthy so that we may ‘see’ life directly here now and ‘free’ ourselves from the dead burden of the so called hell lot of the past holy heritage and knowledge shits.

It is absurd and may not be of any use to say that UG was either against or for the traditions or holy scriptures or gurus or religions. UG’s only focus is to see that there is no space or screen between you and your life. It’s so straight and simple. But the words may again spit and split – no end there.

Another point of discussion was as to whether UG proposes or gives any ‘technique’ for arriving at the natural state. Absolutely no ‘techniques’ we find in the utterances of UG there to hang on to it. Techniques and tools may never dare to touch ‘life’. We are left entirely naked and alone here now in the life. The so called gurus, hopes and techniques may only add to more and more hurdles and blocks to life there.

For all those of us who have had the continuous hardcore doses of the UG of the later period, this book may give a sudden little soothing touch; but the hardcore UG always remains in the forefront.

(On the other day, one best and aggressive contributor of this blog, Mr. Madhusudhan D. Rao (Madhu) has had a detailed exchange with me of his ‘way of seeing’ as to whether the hardcore UG is in anyway diluted due to this new book (The Biology of Enlightement). He firmly says NO. It is hoped that Madhu may be posting his way of perceiving this new book and UG out of his own trauma and journey of life, here in the pages of this site, shortly.)

UG “Aradhana” 22 March 2011, Bangalore, India: a view from
Mr. K. Chandrasekhar’s Photo Album [Link] 

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The Biology of Enlightenment

December 14, 2010

The Enlightenment of Biology

The much awaited new title on UG, The Biology of Enlightenment by Mukunda Rao [is now released in Bangalore, on 8th January, 2011].

Title of the Book: The Biology Of Enlightenment
Unpublished Conversations Of U. G. Krishnamurti After He Came Into The Natural State (1967-71)

Author: Mukunda Rao
Publisher: HarperCollins, India, 2010
ISBN: 9350290095
ISBN-13: 9789350290095, 978-9350290095
Binding: Paperback
Number of Pages: 430

About the Book

In this book we meet with the modern sage, U.G. Krishnamurti, and listen to his penetrating voice describing life and reality as it is. What is body and what is… mind? Is there a soul? Is there a beyond, a God? What is enlightenment? Is there a life after death? Never before have these questions been tackled with such simplicity, candour and clarity. In these unpublished early conversations with friends (1967-71), U.G. discusses in detail his search for the truth and how he underwent radical biological changes in 1967. Preferring to call it the natural state over enlightenment, he insists that whatever transformation he has undergone is within the structure of the human body and not in the mind at all. It is the natural state of being that sages like the Buddha, Jesus and, in modern times, Sri Ramana, stepped into. And U.G. never tires of pointing out that this is the way you, stripped of the machinations of thought, are also functioning.

About the Author

Mukunda Rao is a professor of English and has been teaching in Bangalore for the last 31 years. He has participated and presented papers in several seminars on wide-ranging subjects such as Gandhian philosophy of social action and non-violence, Ambedkar, culture and politics, communalism, spirituality and religious harmony, and has been associated with organizations involved in the area of social justice and human rights. Among his previously published works are Confessions of a Sanyasi (1988), The Mahatma a novel (1992), Babasaheb Ambedkar: Trials with Truth (2000), The Other Side of Belief: Interpreting U.G. Krishnamurti (2005), and The Penguin U.G. Krishnamurti Reader (2007).

HarperCollins Publishers India
and Crossword Bookstores
Invite you to the launch of

The Biology of Enlightenment
Unpublished Conversations of U.G. Krishnamurti
After he came into the natural state (1967-71)

Edited by
Mukunda Rao

On Saturday, 08 Jan 2011 at 3.30 pm
At Crossword
ACR Towers, 32 Residency Road
Bangalore – 560001

Mahesh Bhatt, Noted Film Director and Activist
will release the book

Panellists:
Frank Noronha, Director General, DAVP
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of India
Chandrasekhar Babu, Educationist
Mukunda Rao, Author

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Vinay Anchan 9164377824/ Anita 25582411

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Mahesh Bhatt Releases
‘Biology of Enlightenment’

Media News Report:

UG: Biology of Enlightenment, book released by Mahesh Bhatt

Educationist Chandrashekhar with Film Director Mahesh Bhatt, Mukunda Rao, Editor of the book and AP Frank Moronha, Director General of DAVP releasing book The Biology of Enlightenment, an unpublished conversation of UG Krishnamurti after he came into the natural state, book release programme held at Crossword, in Bangalore on Saturday 8th Jan 2011 Photo Credit : pics4news.com

UG: Biology of Enlightenment

Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt releasing ‘The Biology of Enlightenment'

News Report [Courtesy: The Hindu, 09 Jan 2011]

Life of a person like UG knows no full-stop: Mahesh Bhatt
Bangalore: Film director and director Mahesh Bhatt released a book on his “teacher, master and God”, the late philosopher U.G. Krishnamurti.

Edited by Mukunda Rao, a Bangalore-based English professor of 30 years, the book “Biology of Enlightenment” compiles 200 hours of tapes and recordings of the late philosopher’s talks and discourse. “In being a watchman for my master, I have already played the role of my lifetime. I believe that the life of a person like U.G. knows no full-stop and no endings which is probably why I have had no sense of parting. My master left me without a sense of farewell,” said a visibly moved Mr. Bhatt.

Later, Mr. Bhatt refused to take questions on anything but his association with and sentiments for his “master”.

He declined to comment on the ongoing tussle between him and lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar on the issue of copyright for lyricists and film producers. “I am not here to discuss these issues,” he said.

Educationist Chandrashekhar Babu and A.P. Frank Noronha, Director-General of the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity, Union Government, also spoke at the event.

Speaking of his association with U.G. Krishnamurthy, Mr. Noronha said, “He was the highest point or destination of my life. I am very privileged to have come in touch with him”.

News Links:
(1) Life of a person like UG knows no full-stop: Mahesh Bhatt
(The Hindu, 09 Jan 2011)
(2) pic4news (08 Jan 2011)


A Taste of Life in Bangalore

July 3, 2009

Finally Mahesh Bhatt is serving “Taste of Life” in BANGALORE too:

Penguin Books India

and

CROSSWORD

cordially invite to the launch of

A
TASTE OF LIFE
THE LAST DAYS OF
U.G. KRISHNAMURTI

by Mahesh Bhatt

on friday 10 July 2009 at 6.30 p.m.

at Crossword Bookstore
ACR Towers, 32 Residency Road
Opposite Gateway Hotel
Bangalore

Well-known author Mukunda Rao

will be in conversation with Mahesh Bhatt

Mrs Suguna and Mr Chandrasekhar with friends, A Taste of LifeHere’s the Slide Show of the proud event of launching the book, ‘A Taste of Life: the last days of UG’ in Bangalore, happened on 10 July 2009: