Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Replies to Previously Unanswered Comments in "Notable Travels and Visits"

Here are the comments in the post "Notable Travels and Visits" and I will reply to them as I see appropriate:

1) Tej said...

It's interesting to note that UG cried while watching the movie! The most inexplicable thing about UG, in my mind, was the phenomenon of 'affection' (being physically separated yet involved in accidents). Is there any rational/scientific way to understand this?
April 20, 2009 3:56 AM

Reply Only UG's explanation that it's because of his thymus gland being activated (during his Calamity), his organism responds automatically to what's happening in the environment. It's not compassion in the usual sense, because, as he says, 'compassion requires two'. It's more like the organism vibrating with the environment.

2) Anonymous Aadithya said...

hello, mr.murty.. although this is slightly off topic, i am curious to know as to how ug managed his expenses considering the fact that he had no source of income and he had exhausted his grandfather's property, in his own words, prior to the calamity.

May 9, 2009 1:58 AM
Narayana Moorty said...

Prior to and after his calamity, Valentine, a Swiss friend of his, took care of his needs. Before and after she died, other friends had taken care of them. He, however, never owned any property. Most of the money he took from friends beyond his needs, he either returned to them or gave it away to little girls for their education or to friends to subsidize their needs.
May 9, 2009 8:47 AM

3) Anonymous mrithyu said...

hello mr.moorthy, i just read ur 'fall out' piece. that's some fall out sir. i felt distressed as my own. nice writing ....
May 26, 2009 8:27 AM

Narayana Moorty said...

Dr. Lynn replied to my request and promised to send me his paper on the thymus gland (for me to post it on UG's website), but I haven't received any yet. Maybe one of these days, I will send him a reminder.
May 26, 2009 8:31 AM

P. S.: August 31, 2010: Paul Lynn never came through with his paper in spite of a couple of reminders from me. I gave up.

4)Pushpendra said...

Dr.Moorty, I read your blog regularly although never left any comment. Apologies for that. I have heard and read UG calling Buddha a conman. I am not challenging his opinion rather trying to understand what prompted UG to make that statement. Does he mean that Buddha was not really what he pretended (having attained nirvana) to be? or its because he created "sangha", which kind of goes against what he preached?
December 11, 2009 5:53 PM

Reply: Not just that he created the "sangha" and monasticism, but also that he and his teachings became an ideal for people to follow. "Enlightenment" is not a goal to be pursued, but Buddha and other spiritual traditions presented it as a goal.

5) Pushpendra said...

In one of the books he is quoted saying "Burn Fiercely". What does he really mean?
December 11, 2009 5:58 PM

Reply: I am not sure what you mean. You need to tell me the context or give me a reference for me to be able to respond.

6) Saseedharan said...

Sir, How the thought become so powerful even to the extent that it can control the functioning of Human organism. Is the more advanced brain turned to be a curse rather than a advantage to the human race. why Other species are not affected by thought. How the thought transmit from one generation to another. or as UG would say whether the human organism as a whole live in a thought sphere.I think even if it is possible to get rid of the stranglehold of thought many people will remain reluctant to leave their comfort zone provided by thought.
May 26, 2010 3:03 AM

Reply: I don't know, nor would UG, as to the how and why thought became so powerful that it controls the human being. All we can say is that it has decidedly provided an evolutionary advantage with its concomitant destructive consequences. I tend to agree with your last statement.

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