U.G. on Death

Once a very old gentleman, ninety-five years old, who was considered to be a great spiritual man and who taught the great scriptures all the time to his followers, came to see me. He heard that I was there in that town. He came to me and asked me two questions. He asked me, “What is the meaning of life? I have written hundreds of books telling people all about the meaning and purpose of life, quoting all the scriptures and interpreting them. I haven’t understood the meaning of life. You are the one who can give an answer to me.” I told him, “Look, you are ninety-five years old and you haven’t understood the meaning of life. When are you going to understand the meaning of life? There may not be any meaning to life at all.” The next question he asked me was, “I have lived ninety-five years and I am going to die one of these days. I want to know what will happen after my death.” I said, “You may not live long to know anything about death. You have to die now. Are you ready to die?” As long as you are asking the question, “What is death?” or “What is there after death?” you are already dead. These are all dead questions. A living man would never ask those questions.

— U.G. Krishnamurti (7.9.18 – 3.22.07)

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