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Rays of the Absolute: The Legacy of Nisargadatta Maharaj

In the end of 2007, Stephen Wolinsky, Zaya, Philip Safarik and Maurizio Benazzo travelled to Mumbai to interview devotees and translators of Nisargadatta Maharaj for this film, to capture their experience and history of being with Maharaj. Mullarpattan, Mahon Gaitonde and Jayashri received them. The journey went through Maharaj's old room, they interviewed Maharaj's family and visited the shrine of Shri Siddharameswar Maharaj. They also interviewed Ramesh Balsekar and met many of Nisargadatta's devotees.

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Consciousness also will leave - Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj


It is this conscious presence that you are, so long as the body is there. Once your body is gone, along with the vital breath, consciousness also will leave. Only that which was prior to the appearance of this body-cum-consciousness, the Absolute, the ever-present is your true identity. That is what we all really are. That is reality. It is here and now. Where is the question of anyone reaching for it?

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

And liberation from which bondage? - Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj


You are that, which is prior to the arrival of I-am-ness. What has come upon your true nature is like an illness, or an eclipse for a certain duration, at the end of which the physical form will 'die' and will be buried or cremated and will thereafter mingle with the five elements of which it was made. The life-force of breath will disappear and mingle with the air outside the body; consciousness will be freed of the limitation of the body and the three Gunas. In other words, the process will have reached its allotted end. Now, let us come back to your problem: Who is it that needs the Guru's grace in order to attain 'liberation'? And liberation from which 'bondage'?

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

In deep sleep, did the phenomenal world exist for you - Pointers from Nisargadatta


When you were in deep sleep, did the phenomenal world exist for you? Can you not intuitively and naturally visualize your pristine state - your original being - before this body-consciousness condition intruded upon you unasked, unaided? In that state, were you conscious of your 'existence'? Certainly not.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Change your viewpoint - Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj


Ah! Now we shall come to the truth. Please understand as truth, that you are not an individual, a 'person'. The person, that one thinks one is, is only a product of imagination and the self is the victim of this illusion. 'Person' cannot exist in its own right. It is the self, consciousness, that mistakenly believes that there is a person and is conscious of being it. Change your viewpoint.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

See the transient as transient - Pointers from Nisargadatta


Just see the transient as transient, the unreal as unreal, the false as false, and you will realize your true nature. You have mentioned your grief. Have you ever looked at 'grief' in the face and tried to understand what it really is?

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Where is the question of your merging with the consciousness? - Experience of Nothingness


You are consciousness. Where is the question of your merging with the consciousness? Your consciousness means "you are". "You-are-ness" and consciousness are not separate. The "you are" state itself is the consciousness.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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