affectionate solidarity

Flowering Fruit Tree

Flowering Fruit Tree – Photo Alia


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


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


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


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

point of inception


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


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

accepting experiences as the truth


Now go to zero concepts.


My Comment:

Nisargadatta tells us here step by step how his inquiry began which lead to him seeing reality in a much different way than most of us:“This line of inquiry started when I noticed that from the moment one wakes up until one falls asleep, one is very busy doing something or other. What is it that compels us to do these things? Because of what does this go on? Then I came to the conclusion that it is my beingness, the fact that I am conscious of existing, which is working throughout the day. That was how my inquiry started.” Continue reading

view from the mountain


It is always refreshing for me to listen to Nisargadatta’s views. Here a short excerpt from one of his talks in October of 1980 in Bombay (now Mumbai) where he lived until September of 1981:

Nisargadatta Maharaj: I have told you that presently you are like that warmth in the body.
What is the Parabrahman like? The Parabrahman does not experience this warmth of “I Amness” at all. If you understand, this puzzle will be solved for you.

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that principle behind everything

When you listen to this you feel satisfaction

and with that the matter ends for most people…

Nisargadatta: This understanding will come gradually, because of all the concepts. You have to get rid of those. and that takes time.

Some people are in search of knowledge which is acceptable to their mind and intellect, but the sphere of the mind and intellect is of no use to receive this knowledge. Continue reading

prior to the idea “I AM”


August 30, 1980

Questioner: Does the consciousness remain forever?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: No, the consciousness is there only so long as the body is there.

Q: Even when one understands, will there be bodies coming into existence and dying?

M: Yes. The five elements, three gunas, prakriti and purusha, together are the means of demonstrating the “I Amness.”

In the original state there is no sense of consciousness, no awareness of being, but as soon as the “I Amness” comes the entire manifestation is seen at once, this is the expression of the consciousness. In the Absolute the “I Amness” is whole but the expression is in many. I manifest Myself in many. Human beings are one type of form and each type of form will act according to its nature, according to the combination of the three gunas. How can an individual come in?

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this firm understanding

“Throw away every thought, every experience, everything that happens after this consciousness has come.”

This is a dialog between Nisargadatta and a visitor. In it Nisargadatta’s emphasis on deconstructing all that we think we know and destruction of our cherished beliefs is very clear.

July 26, 1980

Questioner: I have come to Maharaj in the hope that he may help me put an end to this search.

Nisargadatta Maharaj: Can you communicate to me what you have understood?

Q It is all concepts, all illusion.

M. Yes.

Q. I don’t believe in processes that take time and disciplines, I’ve done all that. I want it to end.

M. The basic fact – that you are not the body – must be clear to you by now. You are working in the world and you think that you are doing that work, but what is really happening is this: the life force, when it comes out in thoughts and words, is the mind, so it is this pram mind, life force mind, which is the acting principle. The beingness, the consciousness, is the God which witnesses the life force and mind working. It does not interfere; it merely witnesses. The reason for your unhappiness is that you think it is you are working.

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