Saturday, 3 December 2022

People mistake bliss for self-realisation


Your expectation of something unique and dramatic, of some wonderful explosion, is merely hindering and delaying your self-realisation.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

People mistake bliss for self-realisation.
Bliss is connected to serotonin in the brain. It comes and goes.


Unknown said...

This pointer is so relevant for seekers who dream of enlightenment as a huge cosmic experience. Swami Mutananda was one guru who promoted this concept. His followers , myself included were addicted to meditation experiences. All experiences are transient and therefore considered to be not-real by a jani like Maharaj. Experiences pass like pictures on a movie scree. There may be huge explosions or exciting sexual scenes or violence on the screen but it all passes. The screen remains untouched and is never effected by the moving pictures. Shift the attention from the movie to the screen and you will understand your true nature , experiences are of no interest or value to a serious seeker.


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About Nisargadatta Maharaj

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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