the hallucination


From an enormous tank of water

you dip a tiny tumbler full and say,

This is me.’



“The talking which I do, and your listening, is part of the total functioning.
You consider it as one individual listening to another individual,
that is not so. What you hear is universal consciousness. This
knowledge is not to be conveyed to a human being who is a spiritual infant.
The human being is trying to collect benefits for an individual.
When this identification is given up, the receptivity for the talks will be
created. From an enormous tank of water you dip a tiny tumbler full and say,

This is me.’

“Whatever status and achievements one has attained will remain only so
long as the name and form remain; once they have gone where is the entity
who thinks he has achieved something? If this is deeply apperceived how can
anything in the world bother you?

“What I am talking about is this original concept, the consciousness,
before which there was nothing. Whatever is in this original concept will
remain only so long as the consciousness is there — then we go back to our
original nature. When consciousness exposes itself to you and shows you
your true nature, then you will have no form. Without a form can there be an image?

“The entire manifestation is a hallucination,

the nature of which is to be inconstant.”

source: Nisargadatta, PDF Prior to Consciousness, February 18, 1981





8 thoughts on “the hallucination

    • Yes, the term “total functioning” is a good one – it is similar to David Bohm’s “Implicate Order”:

      “The theory of the Implicate Order contains an ultraholistic cosmic view; it connects everything with everything else. In principle, any individual element could reveal “detailed information about every other element in the universe.” The central underlying theme of Bohm’s theory is the “unbroken wholeness of the totality of existence as an undivided flowing movement without borders.”

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