Q: When a man comes to you for advice and you give him advice, wherefrom does it come and by what power does it help?
Nisargadatta: His own being affects his mind and induces a response.
Q: And what is your role?
N: In me the man and his self come together.
Q: Why does not the self help the man without you?
N: But I am the self! You imagine me as separate, hence your question. There is no ‘my self’ and ‘his self’. There is the Self, the only Self of all. Misled by the diversity of names and shapes, minds and bodies, you imagine multiple selves. We both are the self, but you seem to be unconvinced.
This talk of personal self and universal self is the learner’s stage; go beyond, don’t be stuck in duality. Continue reading