the jagrat state



And so we continue on in the jagrat state of perceiving an empirical world of outside phenomena and feeling ourselves to be the subject and all else are objects. There is one thing after the other that “shows up” as “to be done”. This endless series of “to do’s” keeps us in the hamster cage or on the merry-go-round that often is not merry at all. It is eternal, endless and will never have an end or break in the continuity unless we realize that we ARE it. Only by looking at ourselves and recognizing what our image of ourselves actually is will we then be in a place of questioning the validity of our self-image. Continue reading


you are not defined by words

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Once you realize that you are not an individual, do everything, everything is your work. Within the range of the five elements, everything is you.

Who eats? Plants here consume water, the flame (Maharaj lights his lighter) eats gas, absorbs air, similarly things get done. Eating is done by the five elements, when you eat food, after you swallow it down the throat, who digests it? Beingness comes out of the five elements. Who eats then? Who dies? Who lives?

One should understand individual and universal life, this is possible only when one knows oneself.

You are talking to me through the body sense, but I don’t accept you as that which could be defined by words. As a matter of fact you have no form, identity or color.

You yourself are creating your trap by your word-concepts.

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quiet, peaceful, benign shade


the deep, dark blue state

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Nisargadatta:  You must come to a firm decision. You must forget the thought that you are a body and be only the knowledge “I Am,” which has no form, no name. Just be. When you stabilize in that beingness it will give you all the knowledge and all the secrets to you, and when the secrets are given to you, you transcend the beingness, and you, the Absolute, will know that you are also not the consciousness. Having gained all this knowledge, having understood what is what, a kind of quietude prevails, a tranquility. Beingness is transcended, but beingness is available. Continue reading

let “I am” do its thing



Thetis-- One of the Nereids:


June 29, 1980

Nisargadatta Maharaj: Whatever concept you have about yourself cannot be true. The “I Amness” is the prime concept, and it has to be satisfied by letting it do its normal work in the world. The important thing is the realization of the fact that it is a concept.

Questioner: In the world this concept is always trying to be at the top. Even to the children we say, “You must be first in the examination.” Is it wrong to push your personality and individuality on others?

M. What is wrong is that you consider yourself to be limited to this body and shape. What knowledge I try to give is given to the knowledge “I Am” in each of you, which is the same. If you try to get that knowledge as an individual you will never get it. Continue reading

I am At Home in the World

A very timely message for this season of

“Peace On Earth”


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

a small ripple appeared in the vastness ~ III – Nisargadatta




Nisargadatta: When I talk to you, don’t try to understand from the body-mind identity. Your true state is always there; it has not gone anywhere. Although you did not know it was there, and now you know it is there, you have done nothing. It is always there.

On my true, whole, homogeneous state just a small ripple appeared, the news came, “I Am.” That news made all the difference, and I started knowing this; but now I have known my true state, so I understand my true state first, and then I understand that this ripple is coming and going on my true state. While, in your case, you take interest in the ripple and don’t take interest in your true state. Continue reading

the sum total of flashes


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


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