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Thursday, 31 March 2016

This will elevate you to the status of brihaspati the guru of gods - Nectar of Immortality


You should understand this clearly. If one thinks one is the body, one becomes a slave of mind and suffers accordingly. Therefore, you should completely identify yourself with the highest principle in you, which is the knowledge ‘I am’. This will elevate you to the status of ‘brihaspati’ – the guru of gods.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Monday, 14 March 2016

What will happen to me when I die ?

Our linear type of thinking includes the grammatical convention that a transitive verb like “know” must have a subject, and a predicate; there cannot be “knowing” without someone who knows and something to be known. Our identification with this convention is so powerful that we cannot grasp the fact that there can be “knowing” or “understanding” as such without the knower and the thing known. This inability to put down the ghost of the individual entity – a creation of Maya – shows the extent to which we let conventions and concepts rule our lives. This is indeed the basis of the obsession “what will happen to me when I die?” The answer which Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj gave to such a query was, “you will be precisely what you were a hundred years ago”. The question is as misconceived as the question - what happens to my lap when I stand up, or to my fist when I open my hand.

~ Explorations into the Eternal - Forays into the teaching of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Saturday, 18 July 2015

It is on a strictly fundamental level - Exerience of Nothingness


The nature of the consciousness has to be understood. This consciousness can arise only in the physical body, and the physical body is the essence of the five elements. It is because of the association with the physical body that there is suffering. Most people who come here will not be able to accept this type of knowledge, because it is on a strictly fundamental level. But some persons who apply themeselves and can accept such a point of view, will really understand. They will be totally free from the impact of pain and unhappiness, if they understand that the latter can only result from the consciousness which has identified itself with the physical body and suffers as an individual. In that case, suffering must inevitably result. But, what is the individual?

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Friday, 17 July 2015

Don’t be led astray by all the so-called spiritual disciplines - Experience of Nothingness


This is no joke, but you can become ‘Parabrahman’ right now. Only it is not a commodity that you can acquire. You, a hundred years ago, were the ‘Parabrahman’. Give me all the information about that state of a hundred years back. Focus your attention only on that consciousness ‘I am’. Don’t be led astray by all the so-called spiritual disciplines and rigmaroles.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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

For the jnani, there is no sense of knowledge - Experience of Nothingness


The ignorant one has to acquire knowledge, because knowledge is valid for the ignorant. For the jnani, there is no sense of knowledge because he dismisses knowledge as unreal. Therefore, he does not entertain knowledge. That is why he has no knowledge.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

You are sitting here, you know that you exist - Experience of Nothingness


Now that you know that you are, you are sitting here, you know that you exist, you have that sentience. The knowledge that you are alive, that you exist, do you understand it thorugh any effort?

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

But this is for the ignorant masses - Experience of Nothingness


The scriptures say that we have our ‘karma’ and our sin and that is why we are here, but this is for the ignorant masses. One who has realized the self-knowledge ‘I am’ for him these stories are of no use.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Worry only about yourself - Experience of Nothingness


Find out why you are, what is the cause of your being ‘I am’? Actually you had no knowledge that you are or you were. But at this moment, you know you are. Why is that? Understand its cause. You alone know why you are; why is it offered to you that you are, you alone know. Don’t ask anyone else about it, but inquire by yourself. Don’t bother about others, worry only about yourself. That knowledge ‘I am’ is the product of what, is due to what? How and why? Inquire only into this matter.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Do nothing, absolutely nothing - Nectar of Immortality


Do nothing, absolutely nothing! Just be, be the knowledge ‘I am’ only and abide there. To imbibe this meditate on beingness only. Catch hold of the knowledge ‘I am’ in meditation. In this process, the realization occurs that ‘I’ the Absolute am not the ‘guna’ ‘I am’; therefore in meditation nothing is to be retained in memory. Nevertheless something will appear on the memory screen, but be unconcerned, just be, do nothing. Refrain from grasping anything in meditation; the moment you do, otherness begins, and so does duality. Nothing is to be done. Then all your riddles will be solved and dissolved. ‘Moolmaya’ – that is, the primary illusion – will release her stranglehold on you and will get lost.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Just as the salty taste is present in the entire ocean - Nectar of Immortality


Just as the salty taste is present in the entire ocean, the beingness or the sense of ‘I am’ in the human form has the inherent capacity to be all-pervading, but having conditioned – and thereby limited – itself to the body form, it interested only in protecting and preserving the body.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

My guru revealed to me, while I was in deep meditation - Nectar of Immortality


My approach is simple and straightforward. Out of the Absolute non-being state, the beingness together with the manifest world emerged before me. How did this happen? My guru revealed to me, while I was in deep meditation, how and to what causes the manifest world of forms was created.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

A jnani is not born and he does not die - The Nectar of Immortality


A jnani is not born and he does not die. But when the body of a jnani drops off, people around him may weep in sorrow, because they identify with their bodies. They therefore consider a jnani to be an embodied person, which, however, he is not.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

The transcendence of the knowledge "I am" - The Nectar of Immortality


With the transcendence of the knowledge ‘I am’, the Absolute prevails. The state is called ‘Parabrahman’, while the knowledge ‘I am’ is termed Brahman. This knowledge ‘I am’ or the beingness is illusion only. Therefore, when Brahman is transcended, only the ‘Parabrahman’ is, in which there is not even a trace of the knowledge ‘I am’.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

There is no otherness at all to make love to - The Nectar of Immortality


There is no otherness at all to make love to. Only the "love to be" has sprouted. To sustain the "love to be" state, you undergo a lot of difficulties and adversities. Just to keep that state pleased and satisfied, you involve yourself in so many activities.

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


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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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