U.G. Krishnamurti



U.G. Krishnamurti (not to be confused with J. Krishnamurti) might be considered an anti-guru guru, or the type of guru that expresses his guruness by denouncing the very idea of gurus. Confused yet? He’d probably sling a few insults at you. What are we to make of this man?

U.G. was born in India into a family of Theosophists. From the ages of 14 to 21, he listened to public lectures by J. Krishnamurti and worked on realizing his true nature. He also met Ramana Maharshi, a man some called the “perfect master”.

One can understand his disdain for ideas, beliefs, or anything of that sort, given the intellectual bent of J. Krishnamurti’s approach — head rather than heart focused.

A guru with a difficult path

Like a teenager rebelling from his parent, U.G. had enough. He realized he’d never reach spiritual enlightenment by listening to these talks. He left his guru.

U.G. Krishnamurti, an always controversial spiritual guru

An abusive guru, a fake or a charlatan? U.G. Krishnamurti always sparked controversy.

He claims to have realized how he was already in “the natural state”. His journey stopped there.

U.G. then made it part of his practice to contradict any idea or statement he heard. Even ones he uttered. He’d say one thing to a disciple and, in the next breath, contradict himself. He offered nothing to hold on to.

This technique is akin to the Zen riddles that have no answer, that are meant to short-circuit the mind’s thinking so that something greater can emerge. At least in theory.

It’s worth considering whether ideas can be useful tools on the path to enlightenment. Arguably, they can point you in the right direction or perhaps help you cultivate the needed skills to make the journey.

Yes, all ideas must be left at the gate sooner or later, but they can at least help get you there. A spiritual practice is just a collection of ideas to help move you closer to Spirit, if properly understood and put into use.

U.G. would rather you just jump straight up to the gate and avoid the journey altogether.

This may have worked for some, the cases of so-called spontaneous enlightenment, but it is hardly the norm. For someone just beginning on the journey, it’s terrible advice. He treated these novice seekers with the same disdain he treated anyone else — insults, tantrums, yelling, anger. He got upset that people couldn’t “get it”.

The Bottom Line

Was U.G. Krishnamurti the real deal, or was he a charlatan who found a loop-hole in the whole guru phenomenon? By becoming an anti-guru guru, one immediately sets oneself in contrast to all the other gurus that take advantage of their disciples and want things from them. That made him look good, perhaps even more enlightened.

But does he actually know anything? Does he have anything of worth teaching? He wouldn’t say so, and we tend to agree.

“People call me an enlightened man — I detest that term — they can’t find any other word to describe the way I am functioning. At the same time, I point out that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all. I say that because all my life I’ve searched and wanted to be an enlightened man, and I discovered that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all, and so the question whether a particular person is enlightened or not doesn’t arise. I don’t give a hoot for a sixth-century-BC Buddha, let alone all the other claimants we have in our midst. They are a bunch of exploiters, thriving on the gullibility of the people. There is no power outside of man. Man has created God out of fear. So the problem is fear and not God. I discovered for myself and by myself that there is no self to realize. That’s the realization I am talking about. It comes as a shattering blow. It hits you like a thunderbolt. You have invested everything in one basket, self-realization, and, in the end, suddenly you discover that there is no self to discover, no self to realize.” — U.G. Krishnamurti


  1. I was enjoying reading ratings and agreed up until I came to UG Krishnamurti.
    I have read his book and watched him on you tube and definitely feel that he is the real deal. He is very radical like Tony Parsons , his main message that I feel he is trying to convey is that outside of the story of life there is “no thing ” hard for the ego to comprehend as it loves and thrives in the creation of stories.

  2. Very close. UG’s fundamental principle was there is nothing excpet the electrical energy of each sense. Speaking is a 6th sense and continuity is the 4th dimension. Each sense is a seprate self, which only lives for the electrical pulse duration. By the time the mind trys to interpert, the signal is gone. Our brain is operating in the dead past making something from these signals that no longer exist. He is the finaly Guru. He was only interestd in speaking in a manner to bring people to the final level. Other gurus are stepping stones. He freed me even from him. That’s a unique approach that worked for me, or did it? (:

  3. I found that UG’s direct method very rigorous and not for the people who are at the very last stage. As I Zen practioners for almost 30 years, I recognized that his bluntness and directedness liken to those of ancient Zen Masters who challenge their seniors students to let go of clinging to all concepts. He’s has his own unique style which might not appeal to everyone. I agree with one of the reviewer here that UG should be right up there with the highest Gurus. I really loved an interview he had on tv I saw once. When the interviewer asked him: “What is this englightened state like?” UG answered: “What state? I am in New York State”. That was priceless! Unless a spiritual practioner has got to that point of ending of all seeking and preferences for one internal manifestation to another, that person will not experience or understand what he meant. It is the best joke ever!
    UG essentially points to the same place as the Third Patriarch of Zen wrote in “Faith on the Mind”
    “The Great Way is not difficult
    for those who have no preferences.
    When love and hate are both absent
    everything becomes clear and undisguised.
    Make the smallest distinction, however,
    and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.”

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