It makes no difference to the eyes whether they are focused on a snow-capped mountain or on a garbage can: they produce sensations in exactly the same way. The eyes look on everyone and everything without discrimination. You have a feeling that there is a ‘cameraman’ who is directing the eyes. But left to themselves—when there is no ‘cameraman’—the eyes do not linger, but are moving all the time. They are drawn by the things outside. Movement attracts them, or brightness or a color which stands out from whatever is around it. There is no ‘I’ looking; mountains, flowers, trees, cows, all look at me.

Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti

Born: July 9, 1918

Died: March 22, 2007 (Age 88)

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.”

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The Mystique of Enlightenment
Book
1982
389
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'.
The Natural State, Part IV
Lecture
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42:28
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