Category Archives: Nisargadatta Teachings
Ripeness is all…
“Q: Once I have made up my mind to find The Reality, what do I do next?
M: It depends on your temperament. If you are earnest, whatever way you choose will take you to your goal. It is the earnestness that is the decisive factor.
Q: What is the source of earnestness?
M: It is the homing instinct, which makes the bird return to its nest and the fish to the mountain stream where it was born. The seed returns to the earth when the fruit is ripe. Ripeness is all.”
“I Am That”, Nisargadatta Maharaj
Knowing the truth
“Do not try to know the truth, for knowledge by the mind is not true knowledge. But you can know what is not true -which is enough to liberate you from the false. The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind. It is when you do not know that you are free to investigate. And there can be no salvation without investigation because non-investigation is the main cause of bondage.” (I Am That, Nisargadatta Maharaj)
Just remember what you are
“Q: Must one not be fit and eligible for realization? Our nature is animal to the core. Unless it is conquered, how can we hope for reality to dawn?
M:Leave the animal alone. Let it be. Just remember what you are. Use every incident of the day to remind you that without you as the witness there would be neither animal nor God. Understand that you are both, the essence and the substance of all there is, and remain firm in your understanding.
Q: Obviously I am not all pervading and eternal. I am only here and now.
M: Good enough. The ‘here’ is everywhere and the now – always. Go beyond ‘I-am-the-body’ idea and you will find that space and time are in you and not you in space and time. Once you have understood this, the main obstacle to realization is removed.” (I Am That – Nisargadatta Maharaj)
The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false.
“You must gain your own experience. You are accustomed to deal with things, physical and mental. I am not a thing nor are you. We are neither matter nor energy, neither body nor mind. Once you have a glimpse of your own being, you will not find me difficult to understand.
We believe in so many things on hearsay. We believe in distant lands and people, in heavens and hells, in gods and goddesses, because we were told. Similarly, we were told about ourselves, our parents, name, position, duties and so on. We never cared to verify. The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false. To destroy the false, you must question your most inveterate beliefs. Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world – God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts – fears, religions, prayers, sacrifices, all sorts of systems – all to protect and support the child-man, frightened out of his wits by monsters of his own making. Realize that what you are cannot be born nor die and with the fear gone all suffering ends.” -Nisargadatta Maharaj