Six Enlightened Masters of the 20th Century – Part I: U.G. Krishnamurti

The Masters of Our Time – dafreesan

I discovered this article by dafreesan while looking for information about known Spiritual Masters. I couldn’t help but notice that this article had only 6 likes (one of them mine) and this author had 16 followers. I’m glad I came upon this article and could repost these quotes. They brought me back to a time when I was studying world religions in graduate school based on a desire to know more about God.

I’m starting this series of 6 posts with U.G. Krishnamurti, who many say was a rebel in his time. Dare I say that all Spiritual Masters were rebels in their time in that, like Buddha and Jesus, they all went against the religious grain of the era in which they lived.

From dafreesan’s article:

There may be many people who get enlightened but do you know there are 6 people who dominated the last century by their wisdom, love and light. Although there views are different, ways are different, techniques of meditation are different but the message is the same. Awakening and love. Every master teaching the same thing, and telling the importance of self-realization. Unless you know “who you are?” everything you do will be wrong. “Who am I” is the fundamental quest of all spirituality and meditation. One similar thing about following masters is that no one created any organized religion. Their followers may create a religion around their philosophy that is different thing. They are teaching religiousness and not the religion. Their wisdom is fire and it has power to burn the ignorance of ages. In following quotes they teach us about learning, guru, love, death, relationships, meditation, awareness, courage, truth, fear, enlightenment, living in the moment and much much more.  

U. G. Krishnamurti Quotes5112435_f260

  • Only if you reject all the other paths can you discover your own path.
  • A messiah is the one who leaves a mess behind him in this world.
  • The human organism is not interested in your wonderful religious ideas–peace, bliss, beatitude or any such thing. Its only interest is survival. What society has placed before us as the goal to reach and attain is the enemy of this living organism.
  • Stop thinking and start living.
  • God is the figment of man’s fertile imagination.
  • You are more useful to the Nature dead than alive.
  • Religions have promised roses but you end up with only thorns.
  • Unless you are free from the desire of all desires, Moksha, liberation, or self-realisation, you will be miserable.
  • All I am saying is that the peace you are seeking is already inside you, in the harmonious functioning of the body.
  • Why should life have any meaning? Why should there be any purpose to living? Living itself is all that is there. Your search for spiritual meaning has made a problem out of living.

4 Responses to Six Enlightened Masters of the 20th Century – Part I: U.G. Krishnamurti

  1. Marcusbond May 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    I love what he writes in the preface to his book:

    My teaching, if that is the word you want to use, has no copyright. You are free to reproduce, distribute, interpret, misinterpret, distort, garble, do what you like, even claim authorship, without my consent or the permission of anybody.

    Thus spoke U.G. Krishnamurti in his uniquely iconoclastic and subversive way, distancing himself from gurus, spiritual advisers , mystics, sages, enlightened philosophers et al. UG s only advice was that people should throw away their crutches and free themselves from the stranglehold of cultural conditioning. Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti was born on 9 July 1918 in Masulipatnam, a coastal town in Andhra Pradesh. He died on 22 March 2007 at the age of eighty-nine in Vallecrosia, Italy, at the villa of a friend. The effect that he had, and will continue to have, on legions of his admirers is difficult to put into words. With his flowing silvery hair, deep-set eyes and elongated Buddha-like ears, he was an explosive yet cleansing presence and has been variously described as a wild flower of the earth , a bird in constant flight , an anti-guru and a cosmic Naxalite . UG gave no lectures or discourses and had no organization or fixed address, but he travelled all over the world to meet people who flocked to listen to his anti-teaching . His language was always uncompromisingly simple and unadorned, his conversational style informal, intimate, blasphemous and invigorating. This reader, edited by long-time friend and admirer Mukunda Rao, is a compilation of UG s freewheeling and radical utterances and ideas. UG unceasingly questioned and demolished the very foundations of human thought but, as Rao says, in the cathartic laughter or the silence after UG had spoken, there was a profound sense of freedom from illusory goals and the tyranny of knowledge, beauty, goodness, truth and God .

    Paul Marcus Bond

    • Karen Tenney June 1, 2013 at 12:31 am #

      Thank you, Marcus.

      I say in response to U.G.’s teachings you quoted above: Truth is truth Who will go within and directly experience the Truth for themselves? Then, there is no question of the authenticity of the so-called “truth” and there is no need to quote anyone.

      Love, Karen

  2. Veera June 26, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    For the above quote; UG didn´t write anything. All that is in print is recorded talks with UG Krishnamurti.

    • Karen Tenney August 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Thank you for letting me know.

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