understand the first moment

Nisargadatta’s words are not used in a normal, everyday sense. His talks in Bombay (now Mumbai) were events where he spoke from a deeper place. Therefore I find in necessary to contemplate his words in order to come to a deeper place in myself. They are a jumping off place for my own meditation.


Nisargadatta: Whatever goes on in the world is based on the life force (pramshakti), but the Atman, the witnesser, is totally apart; no action can be attributed to the Atman.

The mind throws out words and thoughts, and through these we have mistaken our identity as “me” or “mine,” whereas whatever takes place is independent of the one who witnesses and is based entirely on the life force. This consciousness has mistakenly identified itself with the body, and with thoughts or words. It considers itself to be guilty of something, or that it has acquired merit by some action, whereas everything merely takes place through the action of the life force.

The one who understands this vital breath, the life force, is beyond all mental concepts. The one who has not understood it is a slave to his thoughts.

In practicing meditation the life force gets purified, and when it is purified the light of the Self shines forth, but the working principle is the life force. When this purified life force and the light of the Atman (Self) merge, then the concept, the mind, the imagination, everything is taken away. The life force is the acting principle and that which gives sentience to the person is the consciousness.

Understand that it is not the individual which has consciousness; it is the consciousness which assumes innumerable forms.

That something which is born or which will die is purely imaginary. It is the child of a barren woman.

In the absence of this basic concept “I Am” there is no thought, there is no consciousness.

I abide in the Self only.

I do not believe that anybody did exist prior to me. When my beingness appeared, then everything appeared. Prior to my beingness, nothing was. Originally I am without any stigma, uncovered by anything.

The Paramatman is the core Self, the highest Self. Its identity is without any stigma, it is subtler than space.

Why are you dying? Understand the first moment, when you understood that you are. Due to what? How?

Once you understand this, you are the highest of the Gods –the point at which everything rises; the source and the end is the same point.

Once you understand that point, you are released from that point.

Nobody tries to understand this happening of the “I Amness.” I, the Absolute am not this “I Amness.”

In meditation your beingness should merge in itself, a non-dual state. Remain still. Do not struggle to come out of the mud of your concepts, you will only go deeper. Remain still. Remain still.

Source: Nisargadatta Maharaj, Prior to Consciousness, July 6th and 9th 1980





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