prior to the idea “I AM”

 

August 30, 1980

Questioner: Does the consciousness remain forever?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: No, the consciousness is there only so long as the body is there.

Q: Even when one understands, will there be bodies coming into existence and dying?

M: Yes. The five elements, three gunas, prakriti and purusha, together are the means of demonstrating the “I Amness.”

In the original state there is no sense of consciousness, no awareness of being, but as soon as the “I Amness” comes the entire manifestation is seen at once, this is the expression of the consciousness. In the Absolute the “I Amness” is whole but the expression is in many. I manifest Myself in many. Human beings are one type of form and each type of form will act according to its nature, according to the combination of the three gunas. How can an individual come in?

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