food for contemplation

Very similar to our Cob House Sauna

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There is nothing wrong with your world, it is your thinking yourself to be separate from it that creates disorder.

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My Comment: Today there was a really hot sauna here at the Lost Valley Community. It is in a beautiful cob structure, large enough for 12 – 15 persons comfortably. I had 4 cycles of hot sauna and dunking in the nearby stream – ice cold! Delightful. The result is that I am able to present to you these thoughts of Nisargadatta that I have been contemplating for the last few days, but my eyes are not focusing well enough for me to write my thoughts on his thoughts – so here you have his thoughts, pure and simple! May they invite you to explore consciousness…

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Nisargadatta: There is nothing wrong with the world. What is wrong is in the way you look at it. It is your own imagination that misleads you. Without imagination there is no world. Your conviction that you are conscious of a world is the world. The world you perceive is made of consciousness; what you call matter is consciousness Itself. You are the space (akash) in which it moves, the time in which it lasts, the love that gives it life. Cut off imagination and attachment and what remains?

Q: The world remains. I remain.

Nisargadatta: Yes. But how different it is when you can see it as it is, not through the screen of desire and fear.

Q: Yes, we see a regular sequence in all life. Who maintains the order? Is there an inner ruler, who lays down laws and enforces order?

Nisargadatta: Everything moves according to its nature. Where is the need of a policeman? Every action creates a reaction, which balances and neutralises the action. Everything happens, but there is a continuous cancelling out, and in the end it is as if nothing happened.

Q: There is a long life behind me and I often wonder whether its many events took place by accident, or there was a plan. Was there a pattern laid down before I was born by which I had to live my life? If yes, who made the plans and who enforced them? Could there be deviations and mistakes? Some say destiny is immutable and every second of life is predetermined; others say that pure accident decides everything.

Nisargadatta: You can have it as you like. You can distinguish in your life a pattern or see merely a chain of accidents. Explanations are meant to please the mind. They need not be true. Reality is indefinable and indescribable.

Source: I Am That, Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Chapter 61

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7 thoughts on “food for contemplation

  1. Dear Tomas — I’m so happy that you have access to the sauna here at Lost Valley! You have been missing the Hammam — Turkish bath- experience since we left Morocco.

    These passages from Nisargadatta remind me of some of the passages I’ve been reading in the Tom Brown — wilderness survival — series of books. Tom was taught to “see what is” by an Apache warrior from the age of 8. By the time he was 18, he could go into the Pine Barrens of New Jersey alone and live off the land for a year, carrying only a hunting knife. His Indian mentor taught him to see what was actually there in the forest — not what he imagined or wanted or expected to see. This eventually allowed him to “track” successfully many cases of lost persons whose trails had evaded traditionally-schooled law enforcement officials. (They only saw what they were looking for, or what they expected to find.)

    Tom’s use of imagination played an important role as well. He could reconstruct (in his imagination) entire scenarios along the trail of spontaneous detours, the “reasons” for those and how that information eventually supported the success of his tracking. Quite fascinating!

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