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#3200 - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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THE PENGUIN U.G.
edited by Mukunda Rao
Reviewed by Rodney Stevens
Rao, a devoted friend and admirer of U.G. (who died on March 22, 2007, at the age of eight-nine), gives us a praiseworthy gathering of selections from both the sage's books and books about the sage. The sources range from The Mystique of Enlightenment (reviewed in #3102 of NH: http://nonduality.com/hl3102.htm) and Mind is a Myth to Stopped In Our Tracks: Stories of U.G. In India and U.G. Krishnamurti: A Life (by Indian filmmaker, Mahest Bhatt).
Laudable, too, is Rao's thirty-two page biographical introduction. Yes, we've heard many of the particulars before (U.G.'s deep friendship with Valentine de Kerven, the Swiss woman who was seventeen years his senior; his antagonistic relationship with the more popular Jiddu Krishnamurti; and his unforgettable meeting with Ramana Maharshi). But Rao's perspective is engaging, even when some of his remembrances of U.G. are far from flattering.
The editor/biograher does confer a few little-known disclosers about the itinerate sage. For instance, in the last few years of his life, U.G. grew weary of answering questions. If a seeker queried him, he would "curtly yet simply say, 'Becoming something other than what you are is the cause of your misery...You will remain a man of violence as long as you follow some idea of becoming...You can't divide these things into two.'" Further, what he really loved to do during this physically waning time was to get together with friends (not followers) and converse, sing, share jokes, and dance!
This compilation does what a "reader" is supposed to do: Provide a broad--but not necessarily deep--selection of material from the author's oeuvre and entice the peruser to purchase the writer's books. Apropos, no one deeply interested in U.G. should be without The Mystique of Enlightenment and Mind is a Myth. Then save up your pennies or Euros for The Courage to Stand Alone: Conversations with U.G. Krishnamurti, transcribed and edited by Ellen J. Chrystal.
Many powerful pointers to awareness can be found in this Peguin title. I'll let you ferret them out for yourself. What I would like to highlight and end this review on is something that is not often mentioned about U.G.: His eloquence. Here is his heartfelt (and dead-on) reflection on presence/ awareness: "This state is a state of not knowing...All there is inside is wonderment. It is a state of wonder because I just don't know what I am looking at. The knowledge about it, all that I have learned, is held in the background unless there is a demand. When required it comes out quickly like an arrow, then I am back in the state of not knowing, of wonder."
THE PENGUIN U.G. KRISHNAMURTI READER can be ordered directly from the Indian publisher (http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/Bookdetail.aspx?bookId=6706) or at the following Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Penguin-U-G-Krishnamurti-Reader/dp/0143101021/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212577754&sr=1-10
Rodney Stevens--who lives in South Carolina and who awakened through the writings of John Wheeler--can be contacted for talks and workshops at: [email protected]
I am this because of that.
I am that because of this.
I am in that. This is in me.
I am in this. That is in me.
My mind is in that. This is my mind.
My body is in that. This is my body.
When this body dies, I am in that.
When that body dies, I am in this.
When this mind dies, that mind does not.
I am not that if I am not also this.
This is not me if that is not me.
I am not, if you are not.
I am you and you are me.
We are not this if we are not also that.
We are in me, and we are in you.
I am us and you are us.
I am thou.
Yes, yes, yes! Of all the words, I think yes is one of the most beautiful. How wonderful to utter that word when finally, something dawns withinwithin the heart of usand we say, Yes! Oh, but that word covers the whole gamut of human existence. Will you be my friend? someone asks. Yes! And then we call someone we love: Are you there? Yes, we hear the reply. Or we ask the question: Will you go with me? Yes. Will you hold my hand? Yes. We hear a child ask, Is that you, Dad? Yes. Hey, Mom, is that you? Yes, yes. Are the flowers blooming? Yes. Is the sunshine bright? Yes. Yessweet word of acquiescence, gentle word of tenderness, isnt it? Soft word of love. Yesyes is an exuberant word, tooof enthusiasm, gladness. Yes, like a dandelion alone in a sea of grass, like a yellow burst of spring upon a daffodil. Yes, yes, everything is all right in the worlddespite hostages and despite the abortive attempts to rescue them, despite the fear that everywhere prevails. Everything is all right, and fearlessness is made plain!
Brief excerpt from
Brief excerpt fromThe Child Within Journal Notes, Summer Issue---2008
By William Samuel
Transcription provided by Rose Burrows
Graphic: Cartoon. Source: Weekend Australian,
May 31 - June 1, 2008 Artist: Jon Kudelka
With grins and gratitude to you - Louisa
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