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The Mystique of Enlightenment: The Radical Ideas of U.G. Krishnamurti

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An underground spiritual classic distributed widely for the first time in the U.S., this is the story of one of the most unusual figures in contemporary spirituality, U.G. Krishnamurti, in his own words. The Mystique of Enlightenment is a scathing critique of contemporary spirituality. In a world in which spiritual techniques, teachers, concepts, and organizations are legi ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Sentient Publications
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 08, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it
Radical and ornery and barbed with contradictions, this is very stimulating stuff; though he does run on at the mouth.

I looked into him because of my interest in the weird/horror writer Thomas Ligotti, whose bleak cosmic vision of metaphysical terror was heavily influenced by U. G. Krishnamurti.

U. G. gets deep under the skin of the universal notion that so many give lip-service to, though so few actually contemplate the consequences of - that there is no one to be enlightened.

I discovered for m
Zaubin Z
Aug 30, 2007 Zaubin Z rated it it was amazing
My second book by U.G. This book is again in the form of question and answer. What I found interesting in this book was the description of how U.G. became enlightened. It is a fascinated and intricate account. But this in spite of the fact that U.G. regularly states that there is no enlightenment, that it doesn't exist, that there is nothing to achieve. But then again, he also tells you not to listen to what he says, not to adopt any ideas you may find in what he says. Indeed, he embraces self-c ...more
Ebblibs Thekstein
Aug 09, 2012 Ebblibs Thekstein rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone of any persuasion or would be seeker of so-called 'enlightenment' - the spiritual equivalent of 'self-betterment' and other deeply misguided human foibles. Controversial, divisive and infuriatingly funny but above all vital. It could save your mind...with any luck it will destroy it and its illusions completely.
Ashwin Balaganeshan
Sep 13, 2016 Ashwin Balaganeshan rated it really liked it
A must read for all the seekers wasting their lives, seeking something that does not exist. Krishnamurti's style is pretty brash, yet the content he delivers can't b e missed.
If you're expecting to get motivated, i'd recommend you to not read this, cuz this book is only gonna demotivate you. I also realized where UG differs from his contemporary JK after reading this book.
JK can motivate you, but its just a palliative. UG will shatter you views, but he's honest
Jul 18, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
Very much reminiscent of "Psychology of Man's Evolution". Krishnmurti has an intriguing approach to communicating knowing, being present, or listening. Also speaks to I's as per the philosophy in "The Fourth Way" as well as
"Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way."
Neothink: Supperpuzzle most clearly expressed the concept he has uncovered for himself. However, I believe possibly due to the linguistic limitations of the translation or the translator is no
Steven Atkinson
Apr 06, 2016 Steven Atkinson rated it it was amazing
You are probably reading this book because you seek enlightenment, let me save you some time and bother, there is no such thing as enlightenment, you are wasting your time, so please give up now and go be yourself, that is all you can do.
But if being you is to seek enlightenment then please carry on, read this book and enjoy, namaste :-)
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“To be yourself requires extraordinary intelligence. You are blessed with that intelligence; nobody need give it to you; nobody can take it away from you. He who lets that express itself in its own way is a "Natural Man".” 18 likes
“What is morality? It is not the following of enjoined rules of conduct. It is not a question of standing above temptations, or of conquering hate, anger, greed, lust and violence.
Questioning your actions before and after creates the moral problem. What is responsible for this situation is the faculty of distinguishing between right and wrong and influencing your actions accordingly.Life is action. Unquestioned action is morality. Questioning your actions is destroying the expression of life. A person who lets life act in its own way without the protective movement of thought has no self to defend. What need will he have to lie or cheat or pretend or to commit any other act which his society considers immoral?”
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