do not push life about

 

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“You need not push life about. Just flow with it and give yourself completely to the task of the present moment, which is the dying now to the now.”

source: Nisargadatta, PDF I Am That, Ch 33

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the sum total of flashes

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Q: Like beads on a string, events follow events — for ever.
Nisargadatta: They are all strung on the basic idea: ‘I am the body’. But even this is a mental state and does not last. It comes and goes like all other states. The illusion of being the body-mind is there, only because it is not investigated. Non-investigation is the thread on which all the states of mind are strung. It is like darkness in a closed room. It is there — apparently. But when the room is opened, where does it go? Continue reading

the meaning of suffering

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My Comment:

It took me years of reading and re-reading and contemplating the words to find my way more and more into what Nisargadatta is pointing to. Here in the second sentence he says: “Questions arise only to an entity.” Only consciousness that perceives itself as a center, as an entity separate from reality, can have questions. Consciousness can remain simply as “I Am” and then there are no questions. Also That, which is prior to consciousness, has no questions because questions can only arise in consciousness on the basis of the primary concept “I Am”. Moving away from simply Being, “I Am” then moves into I am this, I am that etc. Then questions arise. The primary question “Who am I?” is not one that requires or asks for an answer. To pose the question “Who am I?” is to turn the light of consciousness upon itself in order to follow the path of consciousness in the reverse and to recede into consciousness to its point of inception. Continue reading

nothing affects you

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“This consciousness is extinguishing, knowingness is disappearing, but nothing affects you, the Absolute – that is the moment of death, but what matters? The vital breath is leaving the body, the “I Amness” receding, but the “I Amness” is going to the Absolute.”

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My Comment: Words can have various functions. Sometimes they are like life-jackets that we can slip into and help keep us afloat in the high seas of confusion. They can also be building blocks with which we can construct complex thought structures. Some words take us for a wild ride, one leading to the next and the next and the next, higher and higher, like the mind flying a kite. Of course we all know how words can be used as weapons to hurt, or as medicine to heal and soothe. Continue reading

affectionate solidarity

Flowering Fruit Tree

Flowering Fruit Tree – Photo Alia

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I have known that affectionate solidarity with the people around me and the Universe at large – also the sense of the world’s fundamental All-Rightness, in spite of pain, death, and bereavement.

Aldous Huxley

 

My Comment:

This statement by Aldous Huxley is found in the wonderful biography by his wife, Laura Archera Huxley: This Timeless Moment (p. 312). It sums up the spirit that Huxley came to embody and exemplify throughout his life. The spirit that I experience as the basic attitude of many here in this community that Alia and I live in is akin to this. Continue reading

duality – unicity

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Duality arises when consciousness arises. I am present and I know that I am present – that is duality. I am and I am not conscious of being present – that is unicity. There is only one, but when this conscious presence is there, then there is a sense of duality.

source: PDF Nisargadatta, Prior to Consciousness, December 9, 1980

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My Comment:

Consciousness emerges and a sense of duality is there. Can I recede in consciousness to the point of emergence, which is the emergence of the sense of “I” or “me”? Continue reading

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… Continue reading

point of inception

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It is the tiniest point very, very far inside. It is the point of inception. Having located it, it is easy to find. Point of inception sounds impressive. Actually it is a very fine, subtle, infinitesimal constriction in the homogeneity of the Ultimate, of the Absolute. Observation of it happens when the busyness of the little mind subsides of its own accord. Then Awareness down to the ‘bottom’ shows up. It is as if one were looking into a deep lake and it is clear down to the bottom.
All layers of activity – layers of the mind (within which all activity is contained) are like flotsam after the storm.  Observation sinks down through all layers and strata and comes to this point: the point of inception. Continue reading

the grand scheme of things

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When we ‘zoom out’ for a quick moment, things look different. In the grand scheme of things all looks more harmonious than when we are caught up in the nitty-gritty of it. Sometimes I am drawn to look at things through Nisargadatta’s eyes as he transmits such a view of the ‘grand scheme’. Here is one such passage from his talks to visitors in Mumbai, India on November 29, 1980: Continue reading