There are floods. The flood water overflowed the bounds of the river and flooded the nearby villages. The dead bodies of cattle,humans, trees are carried in the swirls of the flood. The affluents from the sewage of the nearby city make the water look more muddy. The usually calm river has turned violent. It’s bounds were dug away by the villagers in normal times into their fields. Now the flood has seeped through the bounds. There is no escape from the floods.Everything on the way of the river will be washed away into the sea.
while reading about J Krishnamurti,I came across the criticism of him by U.G.Krishnamurti
(Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti). He was taking J Krishnamurti for a task for not following
his own tenets. J Krishnamurti proclaimed “Truth is a pathless land.Nobody can teach it to anybody”. But he started schools to teach how to live. Having an epiphany is not a ticket to teach people about everything under the Sun.
U.G.Krishnamurti has been a desperate seeker of God. He used to attend J Krishnamurti’s meetings. Unlike J Krishnamurti, he was highly qualified for his pursuit. At some point in his life he has undergone what he called as “calamity” and his body has attained “natural state”. The main feature of this active state was annihilation of self. His thought came into existance only on demand from the surroundings.Otherwise, for all practical reasons there was no self consciouness, no thought.
His teachings are similar to those of J Krishnamurti.He mainly differed in two points. UG said, “Through thought only we know we are in the natural state. Without thought there’s no knowing”. While J Krishnamurti said, “for the perception of Truth, thought is not required”. After all, while looking at a house you don’t need to think it is a house or that is a chair.
UG told there is nothing to be transformed in a man. So all the inquiry in that direction is futile.
U.G. has to be credited with de-mistifying spirituality. He said his natural state is nothing related to moksha, bliss or ecstasy. He has entered that state despite, not because of, his efforts. He does not know how one enters it or not sure if anybody can enter that state. It might be possible that he was chosen by some external entity for entering the natural state,or he has the unique genes required for that. It could be an accident in which the necessary conditions for entering that state are met. He shooed away people who came to meet him some times. He sometimes hesitated to describe his natural state for some people might wrongly delude to attain it based on his description.
UG opined that self-conscious entity in us is not required for the survival of human race.
But with out self-consciousness we can’t assume man could do planning. Self-consciousness is responsible for controlling, tracking, monitoring and supervising one’s actions.The actions are due to motivations to gain power, achievement and popularity etc. These motivations are inherited by man from animals. Without self-conscious-ness many of the human achievements would not have been possible. Once man faces a problem he internalizes it’s effects and plans the counter measures. This greatly enhances his survival. Both UG and J Krishnamurti told thought could be used for practical purposes like scientific research,commerce. But thought is a liability in psychological or self-consciousness related issues. But, the problem here is there is no clear-cut distinction between practical and psychological and practical or physical needs. For instance,let’s think a person has a mental ailment. He needs to cure his mental ailment both for psychological and practical reasons.
Some drugs like LSD result in dissolving of the self,though temporarily. In this case if a man tries and consumes LSD, he will be in that state. Similarly, in future, genetic engineering might make it possible for a person to enter the natural state. In those cases, elusive theories about effort or thought not touching the natural state may prove wrong. So, because of the achievements of thought in genetics,one will be able to enter the natural state.
If you tell a kid don’t ever enter into that room,the kid will surely try to enter that room. UG was criticised of adopting similar tactics to gain popularity. His statements”Don’t come to me. I do not have anything to say” attracted more people to him. “Whether UGconsciously adopted the technique” is matter of conjecture.
UG is blamed for escaping responsibility and being a coward. He abandoned his family and abdicated his responsibility.In a similar way,he abdicated the responsibility to make people aware of the issues involved in his chats/talks. Many times he was irreverent to people.
That was his personality.He was maverick, pugnacious and at times repelling. But his approach looked more open and honest. Sometimes he even allowed scientists to study his body.
Rajneesh once quoted the words of UG from his early days about Ramana Maharshi out of contextand criticised UG. But UG him self never said after his calamity that his own words withRamana Maharshi were justfied.
There is an ancient Indian saying, “Ekam sadwipraah bahudaa vadanti”. The single entity is expressed in many ways.When one looks at people like J Krishnamurti, UG, Ramanamaharshi, one could not help wonder if all of them are talking about one and the same thing,but are expressing it differently depending on their personalities.