Friday, 28 November 2014

A devotional account by Swami Paramatmananda



“Come in, come in.  You are coming from Arunachala, aren’t you? Your letter came yesterday.  Are you enjoying peace near the Maharshi?”  Maharaj jovially asked me, motioning me to sit near him.  Immediately I felt an intense peace near him, a sure sign for me that he was a great soul.
“Do you know what I mean by peace?” he asked.  “When you put a donut in boiling water, a lot of bubbles will come out until all of the moisture in the donut is gone.  It also makes a lot of noise, doesn’t it?  Finally, all is silent and the donut is ready.  The silent condition of mind which comes about through a life of meditation is called peace.  Meditation is like boiling the oil.  It will make everything in the mind come out.  Only then will peace be achieved.”  This was a very graphic and precise explanation of spiritual life if I had ever heard one!
“Maharaj, I have written to you about the spiritual practices that I have done until now.  Kindly tell me what more remains to be done,” I requested.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), and a Guru, belonging to the Navnath Sampradaya. Sri Nisargadatta, with his direct and minimalistic explanation of non-dualism, is considered the most famous teacher of Advaita since Ramana Maharshi. In 1973, the publication of his most famous and widely-translated book, "I AM THAT", an English translation of his talks in Marathi by Maurice Frydman, brought him worldwide recognition and followers.

According to Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, the purpose of spirituality is simply to know who you are. His discussions are not for academic scholars. He is a rebellious spirit, abrupt in his style of discussion, provocative, and immensely profound, cutting to the core and wasting little effort on inessentials. He talked about the 'direct way' of knowing the Final Reality, in which one becomes aware of one's original nature through mental discrimination, breaking the mind's false identification with the ego, knowing that "You are already That".
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