What is to be universal — not as a concept, but as a way of life? Not to separate, not to oppose, but to understand and love whatever contacts you, is living universally. To be able to say truly: I am the world, the world is me, I am at home in the world, the world is my own.Continue reading →
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 →
Questioner: If you are nothing in particular, then you must be the universal.
Nisargadatta: What is to be universal — not as a concept, but as a way of life? Not to separate, not to oppose, but to understand and love whatever contacts you, is living universally. To be able to say truly: I am the world, the world is me, I am at home in the world, the world is my own. Continue reading →
There is nothing wrong with your world, it is your thinking yourself to be separate from it that creates disorder.
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…Continue reading →
I Am That ~ Chapter 23 ~ Discrimination leads to Detachment
“Sometimes, if I am in the Ramanasramam library, I pick up I am That
and read the opening sequence of chapter twenty-three.
It is a beautiful description of the jnani‘s state that I never tire of reading.”
Discrimination leads to Detachment
Nisargadatta Maharaj: You are all drenched for it is raining hard. In my world it is always fine weather. There is no night or day, no heat or cold. No worries beset me there, nor regrets. My mind is free of thoughts, for there are no desires to slave for.
Questioner: Are there two worlds?
M: Your world is transient, changeful. My world is perfect, changeless. You can tell me what you like about your world — I shall listen carefully, even with interest, yet not for a moment shall I forget that your world is not, that you are dreaming.
I found his answer so simple and enlightening that I am sharing it here.
Nisargadatta: “Once you have gone through an experience, not to go through it again is austerity. To eschew the unnecessary is austerity. Not to anticipate pleasure or pain is austerity. … Desire by itself is not wrong. It is life itself, the urge to grow in knowledge and experience. It is the choices you make that are wrong. Continue reading →