U.G. Krishnamurti (1918–2007) has always claimed not to be a guru or teacher and moreover, that the whole idea of Enlightenment is a myth, fraud, a scam. Widely known as the anti-guru he fought and cast away all religious or spiritual authority, including that of himself. He was a controversial figure, by some considered a charlatan, by others an Enlightened being. Whatever the case, he has given us a fresh outlook on the quest for Enlightenment and peace of mind.
He grew up in an Indian spiritual environment and started looking for Enlightenment at a young age already. Heavily influenced by Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta, the Theosophical Society, and notably by the spiritual teacher Jiddi Krishnamurti, he finally came to an understanding that the quest for Enlightenment is simply a hoax, an enterprise of human beings deceiving themselves and others, keeping themselves away of having peace of mind, a quality already theirs in the first place.
He found that nobody can give you enlightenment, simply because it doesn’t exist. Moreover, he argued that it is of utmost importance to stop all searching and all efforts to obtain spiritual salvation or Enlightenment because continuing our quest would only keep us in distress, hindering us to find and reside in our natural state.
The natural state, as he saw it, is that of a natural functioning biological organism, already perfect, not needing any improvements or adjustments. Our thinking and thoughts, our concepts and religious or spiritual endeavors only obstruct the human body to function in an optimal, wholly peaceful way.
When we are able to really, completely stop searching and philosophizing, drop the concepts imposed on us by society, and stop applying methods and techniques to obtain our salvation—may it be out of clear insight in the unsound ideas and concepts we cherish, or may it be out of total desperation—maybe then something new, something real, something valuable can happen.
What then may happen, as he explains it, is that the whole structure of our thinking collapses, is flushed out of our system, with that transforming the human body, back to its natural functioning biological state.
Thinking and thoughts don’t vanish; they get another quality, a practical, functional quality, not going further than answering perfectly and completely the functional questions at hand. More is not wanted, and more is not needed to be a natural man, a real human being, and having peace of mind.
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