Stopped in Our Tracks

Stories of U.G. in India

From the Notebooks




K. Chandrasekhar

Translated from the Telugu and Edited


J.S.R.L.Narayana Moorty


Chandrasekhar and U.G. -- Bangalore, India, 1996





Who is This U.G.?
1. Introduction
2. A Bonfire; My life before I met U.G.
3. Why did this U.G. happen to me?
4. U.G. arrives in Bangalore; You put me on a pedestal; David Barry; Brahmachariji brings the Brahmajnani
5. "Where is the glow in my face?"; U.G. took away my tiredness....; Brahmachariji and U.G.; Brahmachariji invites U.G.
6. U.G.'s first visit to Brahmachariji's `Cave'; There is no moksha, no Jivanmukti, and no Atman; The questioner is the question; I report on U.G. to Chalam's family


7. Dr. Desiraju
8. First Visit to Madras; Meeting with the Sankaracharya of Sringeri; Coffee estate guest house in Chikkamagaluru; The Natural State is being able to act efficiently....
9.The basis of all realtionships is the same: "What will I get?"; Dr. Prabhu; Sastri Sadan in Bangalore -- Viswanath
10. If not moksha, at least a transistor -- Krishna Bhagavatar; "If I don't torture you, who will?" -- Kalyani; Meeting new friends -- Indian Institute of World Culture; Kumar, U.G.'s son; A Sardarji's palm reading; "Consider me as part of the furniture" -- Nagaraj; "You are the only one who gives what I need free of charge" -- Rochaldas Schroff; "That Krishna and this Krishna say the same thing" -- the Swami of Udipi; B. L. Narayan; Sitaramayya -- U.G.'s father; Shanta of the Oasis School; Swami Poornananda Tirtha


11. Jnanasram and Jnanachakravarti; No difference between an ashram and a brothel....; Chamundeswari Temple; Dr. Kameswari; "This is not the time and this is not the place to die" --Kodai; "Get lost" -- vision of J.K.
12. Kusuma -- U.G.'s Wife
13. Valentine de Kerven
14. Do what you can and forget all about it....; " My actions are not run by my thoughts...." Kangaroos and basketsful of avocados; "One machine gun will wipe you all out...." Keeping a promise -- a rose for Aruna; Praise and blame are the same to a true sage....; Going public....; " Keeping your rules to yourself is part of wisdom...." No prior appointments....
15. If she gives me this house, I will turn it into a brothel....; "There is a lot to be done by the body....You cannot die!" Why is the moth attracted to the flame? Dr. Sriramachandra Murty, U.G.'s brother; The Aquarian Age -- Mr. Raju; "You and I are stray dogs...." The body's functioning is opposed to this pleasure movement....; Before the body dies, God must die....; "It will not do to give them away to your neighbors...." "What if the husband dies after marriage...." "Isn't a registered marriage enough?" "Am I not better than Rama? "Why should you become a victim of infamy?"


16. I said to the sages: `Drown and never rise again....
17. He did not utter a sentence to comfort her....
18. Childhood memories; "I used to do astral travel too....; Two acres and freedom....; The getup is nice...; The body is like an animal...; "How did I come into this world?"....; The four aims of life....; "All my ambitions have crumbled" -- Vinod; My touch will multiply life...." Final message: "Drop dead...." "If Einstein were here right now, I could shut him up in one minute....""If the house has cobras, it's even more acceptable...." Either you kill me or I'll kill you" -- Hanif; "I tried to skip my own wedding...." "What good is it to have all those lines?"....; "Didn't you say my vibrations were horrible?" You also feel the `vibes' of the place....Because you drank the coffee, your ancestors are gratified....; All sounds are the same....; "I am only speaking from a practical point of view...."
19. In Conclusion....

BOOK TWO: Excerpts from U.G.'s Dialogues

BOOK THREE: What the Press and Others Say About U.G.



K. Chandrasekhara Babu has been a longstanding friend of U.G. in India. Soon after his meeting U.G. in 1969, Chandrasekhar started a journal and has maintained it all these years. The journal now comprises many volumes. We thought that some of the contents of these volumes would be of interest not only to U.G.'s Indian audiences, but also to his international readers. Our main interest in bringing out this book is to make some otherwise inaccessible material, particularly concerning events surrounding U.G.'s movements in India from about the time of his Calamity, available to the reader.

It was hard to keep any strict chronological order in the journals, as the journals flash back and forth in time. However, to give the reader a sense of the time, we have, wherever possible, included a time reference in each excerpt. The Table of Contents reflects the range of topics of narration in the text. There are no other chapter headings as such.

Book Two, Excerpts from U.G.'s Dialogues, is Chandrasekhar's compilation of excerpts from U.G.'s dialogues from various audio tapes. Book Three is a list of excerpts from book reviews and radio or TV interviews with various well-known personalities. Sometimes, the excerpts only contain a quote or two of U.G. But that is perhaps what the reviewer found significant in U.G.'s writings or speech, and what Chandrasekhar found significant in the review.

Thanks to Wendy Moorty for her invaluable editorial assistance.

Go to Stopped in Our Tracks: Part One
Go to Excerpts from U.G.'s Dialogues
Go to What the Press and Others Say About U.G.