what are you after?


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My Comment:

I have studied the following passage from a dialog between Nisargadatta and a visitor many times over the years and it never fails to astonish me. The view that Nisargadatta expounds here completely eliminates the very foundation for all conventional understanding of life as our cultures see it. Food essence contains the essence of consciousness: “Is not the body the essence of food and is not consciousness the nature of the essence of food?”  I have come to understand that consciousness arises spontaneously when the conditions are suitable – which means that a ‘food body’ has developed that is sophisticated enough to allow for the function of ‘seeing’ to occur. Biology, at a certain level of differentiation spontaneously begins to reflect ‘this’ to ‘itself’ – which are both the same thing.

This sense of presence, as Nisargadatta calls it, goes  hand-in-hand with the impulse to continue as a vehicle that allows consciousness. This is the ‘love-to-be’. This state of affairs is bound to the absolute law of impermanence. All that is born will be destroyed.

“…what is it that makes you want to continue all the time?” We have thousands of reasons why we want to continue, but who really looks at the fact that we have no choice: we can not make our life with this sense of presence continue and yet we are nothing without this sense of presence. Because we have thoughts we assume that there is a thinker and that we are it. But what if all of these thoughts are the same as perspiration or breath? simply a function of the phenomenon that we are?

There is no entity who can do anything in the world…” So if we are not an entity, what are we? Can we allow our mind to open to the view that we are not an entity and that there is no entity at all? There is only ‘this’ and we could repeat what Ramana says: “WE, TIMELESS AND SPACELESS BEING ALONE ARE.”

This speck of consciousness creates Gods of mud and earth which, having been accepted, give us whatever we pray for.” We create all that we see and conceive of ourselves out of thin air – and we give everything to ourselves (or not) via projections that we create as well: a bank account, a credit card, a job, a friend, a God, destiny, karma, etc. etc. All that we give to ourselves is created our of the void and thus has no ‘reality’ or no ‘self’ as Buddha said.

Having understood this fraud, also understand that there is nothing that can be done about it, therefore all that can happen is for the understanding to take place.” When understanding takes place (even for a split second) we find ourselves at peace with all of this, because we ‘get’ that it is all happening ‘on its own’ and spontaneously.

This body and the taste of the body – that is the understanding. Is not the body the essence of food and is not consciousness the nature of the essence of food? There is a very simple question one must keep in mind; what authority or control do I have over my own existence? Therefore what can one do by one’s own efforts?

Does this lead to nihilism? to depression? to despair? “Understand that the total manifestation is the child of a barren woman, but, having understood it, give full attention to your work and let that work be done as efficiently as possible. Take good care of this work that you do in the world because it is an orphan.” In taking care of this ‘orphan’ we find that there is something that we are after, and that wants to make us continue all the time.

When this understanding takes place all concepts of how we think about the world, about Life and Death  etc. etc. lose their vitality and in their place the true vitality of direct perception arises. From there on we have no words.

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January 19, 1981

Nisargadatta: This sense of presence, is it not the most acceptable thing, as far as you are concerned – do you not love it the most?

Why are you sitting here? You are sitting here for yourself, because you want something for yourself. What is it that you are? Go into that. You have no doubt that you are present, so what is it that makes you want to continue all the time? Aeons of time have come and gone. During this time millions of forms have been created and destroyed. Do they have a sense of being present? Are they worried about themselves? There is nothing you can do without this sense of presence and there is nothing you can do to continue it.

Questioner: Why does it love to continue?

N. That is its nature. Consciousness and love are the same thing. Ask yourself, what is it that you want, what are you after? You consider yourself an entity and want something. If consciousness were not there would you need anything?

What you hear is totally different from what you expected to hear.

Q. Am I to identify myself with consciousness?

N. What is this “you” other than consciousness? Are they two? There is no entity who can do anything in the world; there is no entity who can do any spiritual search. If there is no entity there is no bondage and no liberation. Just understand this: there is nothing to be done. Whatever I am telling you, hear it and discard it. Before you acquired this body and had this sense of presence, tell me what had you done? After this sense of presence, the knowledge “I Am,” then you have been shown a sort of TV film: “This is your family, these are your parents.” Do you personally have any experience of any of this?

Understand what has been created and will be destroyed; understand what you are that cannot suffer anything.

I have come to the conclusion that consciousness and whatever appears in consciousness is nothing but a gigantic fraud. There is no one who has committed this fraud – it is a spontaneous happening. There is no perpetrator of this fraud.

This speck of consciousness creates Gods of mud and earth which, having been accepted, give us whatever we pray for. Having understood this fraud, also understand that there is nothing that can be done about it, therefore all that can happen is for the understanding to take place.

This body and the taste of the body – that is the understanding. Is not the body the essence of food and is not consciousness the nature of the essence of food? There is a very simple question one must keep in mind; what authority or control do I have over my own existence? Therefore what can one do by one’s own efforts?

Understand that the total manifestation is the child of a barren woman, but, having understood it, give full attention to your work and let that work be done as efficiently as possible. Take good care of this work that you do in the world because it is an orphan.

source: Nisargadatta, PDF Prior to Consciousness

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