My basic question was one question, “Where is this mind that we are so concerned about, that we are trying to understand, study and change? Why do we talk of a total change in the makeup of the mind? I don’t see any such thing as mind there at all, let alone a transformation or mutation of the mind.”
Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, known as U. G. Krishnamurti, was an Indian philosopher who questioned enlightenment. Although many considered him an “enlightened” person, Krishnamurti often referred to his state of being as the “natural state.” He claimed that the demand for enlightenment was the only thing standing in the way of enlightenment itself, if enlightenment existed at all.He rejected the very basis of thought and in doing so negated all systems of thought and knowledge. Hence he explained his assertions were experiential and not speculative – “Tell them that there is nothing to understand.”
Here is perhaps the most straightforward, no-nonsense book yet written about that truth which many ’spiritual seekers’ are seeking - what most gurus call ’enlightenment’, and what U.G. Krishnamurti calls the ’natural state’. U.G. maintains, in this selection from his conversations, that ’so-called enlightenment’ is a purely biological phenomenon, that only when we are completely free of culture, conditioning, religious thinking and intellect, can the body, with its own ’extraordinary intelligence’, free the human being to be in the natural state. U.G. has been living in this state since the experience he calls the "calamity" happened to him in Switzerland on his 49th birthday. He has since become widely known, both in Europe and in India, as one who speaks with authority on the subject. U.G.’s ’talks’ are informal and take place wherever he happens to be. He is no relation to J. Krishnamurti, the famous spiritual leader, whose teachings he once admired, and now considers ’archaic hogwash’. He is probably the most controversial of all the experts in such matters, gurus or non-gurus. He has been called ’outrageous’, ’infuriating,’ and a ’prophet of anti-wisdom’.
Alan Watts examines the theme that our normal sense of the person as a lonely island of consciousness is a dramatic illusion based on theological imagery. In a global context, the meaning of this imagery inevitably changes, yet without losing its unique values.