U. G. Krishnamurti

U. G. Krishnamurti

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U. G. Krishnamurti Profile

  • Name:
  • U. G. Krishnamurti
  • Born:
  • July 9, 1918
  • Died:
  • March 22, 2007

U. G. Krishnamurti Biography

U. G. Krishnamurti was an Indian speaker, writer and philosopher of present times. He lived during the period, 9 July 1918 – 22 March 2007. Krishnamurti often referred to his state of being as the "natural state". But he is widely regarded to be an "enlightened" person. He was unrelated to his contemporary Jiddu Krishnamurti, though many believe the opposite. He is famous around the world who gave the world a unique perspective about enlightenment. But in his opinion, there is no such thing as philosophical enlightenment. South Indian actress Gautami is his relative, and noted Telugu actress Soumya Bollapragada is his great granddaughter.


This enlightenment-negating thinker was born in Machilipatnam, a town in coastal Andhra Pradesh during British rule. He was born on 9 July 1918, and raised in the nearby town of Gudivada. His mother died 7 days after his birth and he was brought up by his maternal grandfather who was a lawyer in Gudivada. His grandfather was involved in the Theosophical Society, and in his teens Krishnamurti also joined it. He started practising all kinds of austerities and apparently sought moksha or spiritual enlightenment till he reached 21.


He spent seven summers in the Himalayas with Swami Sivananda, and studied yoga, practised meditation too. He studied psychology, philosophy & mysticism from University of Madras, but quit studies in between. At the age 21, Krishnamurti met with renowned spiritual teacher Ramana Maharshi, which helped him to find answers of a few questions troubling him. He worked with Theosophical Society, and began an international lecture tour on behalf of the Society. Once returned he got married at the age of 25.


He regularly attended talks given by Jiddu Krishnamurti in Chennai, and personally met him in 1953. After a few meetings, he had a break-up with Jiddu Krishnamurti, and he moved to London leaving behind his family. In 1961, Krishnamurti put an end to his relationship with his wife, which has been an unhappy affair. He continued with his spiritual journey and reached a few conclusions. For him, the goal of enlightenment is unapproachable, and self-realization is futile.

Published: October 16, 2018

Updated: October 16, 2018

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