Friday 15 March 2024

Let us come back to your problems of re-birth.


• What is 'born', the objective body, will, in due course, 'die'; thereafter it will be dissolved i.e. irrevocably annihilated. The objective part of what was once a sentient being will be destroyed, never to be re-born as the same body. 
• And consciousness is not an object, not a 'thing' at all; therefore, consciousness, as something non-objective, cannot be 'born', cannot 'die' and certainly cannot be 're-born'.
• Who is born? And who dies? And who is to be re-born? How does the concept of Karma, causality and re-birth arise at all? 
• Instead of a phenomenon being accepted as a manifestation of the unmanifest, a mistaken identification with a pseudoentity takes place and a phantom with a supposed autonomous existence gets created. 
• This phantom is supposed to have choice of decision and action. It is this phantom that is supposed to be born, to live, to suffer and to die.
• And in this process, it is this phantom who becomes liable to the process of causality known as Karma, accepts the supposed 'bondage' and 're-birth', and seeks an imagined 'liberation'.
• Over the natural process of the manifestation of phenomena, gets superimposed a phantom-self with a supposed autonomous, independent existence, and on this/phantom-self is loaded the concept of the resultant effects of the imagined volitional actions — i.e. Karma, bondage and re-birth!
• Do you understand now why I debunk the theory of re-birth?
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



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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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