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MEDITATION :-

"Meditation is this knowledge ‘I am’,
this consciousness meditating on itself
and unfolding its own meaning."

When we talk of meditating on the knowledge ‘I
am’, what is being done? It is the knowledge ‘I am’
that is meditating on itself. You mustn’t meditate on
the ‘I am’ as ‘I am so-and-so’, or such-and-such
person. Dissociate the ‘I am’ from everything else,
come down to its purest level and then let the
wordless ‘I am’ meditate on itself. When this is
done for a sufficiently long time, it will unfold its
own meaning.

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When we talk of meditating on the knowledge ‘I
am’, what is being done? It is the knowledge ‘I am’
that is meditating on itself. You mustn’t meditate on
the ‘I am’ as ‘I am so-and-so’, or such-and-such
person. Dissociate the ‘I am’ from everything else,
come down to its purest level and then let the
wordless ‘I am’ meditate on itself. When this is
done for a sufficiently long time, it will unfold its
own meaning.

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MEDITATION :-

"Meditation is this knowledge ‘I am’,
this consciousness meditating on itself
and unfolding its own meaning.

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Do realize, that it is not you who moves from dream to dream, but the dreams flow before you, and you are the immutable witness. No happening affects your Real being— that is the absolute truth.

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"Only one in a hundred thousand [who hear these teachings] will really understand the Knowledge which is given. Most won't give up their body sense. [...] As long as you think that the body is you, you will not get true knowledge.... This identity with the body has to go.... [This] is not indifference, it is detachment. [...] To want something is natural, so long as there is the identity with the body-mind. Once that is transcended, there will be no wants. [...] When you identify with the body-mind, you become separate, you are not one with anybody. [...] Once you understand that you are not the body then are you not everything? [...] When you come to [awaken to] Parabrahman [Absolute Reality] there are no desires, no likes or dislikes. That is Nishkama [Desireless] Parabrahman.... You have only one thing to do: care for others as much as you care for yourself. [...] I will give you one piece of advice: do not do anything that will hurt another, that is all.... Take care that you do not hurt anyone else. [...] Be that love which is not conditioned by the body-mind. If you are that love, it is total, complete love.... Detachment comes only after you are free from bodily love. Be free from the body-mind state and be in the state of love, and that will be the source of all bliss. [...] You must have a deep yearning to attain the Truth. [...] To understand this you have to meditate.... You [must] follow meditation assiduously.... I insist you stabilize yourself by meditation. Your senses are very active; they are not under control. By meditating, that particular weakness of your mind will be brought under conttrol.... Persistence. That deep longing must be there. [...] To understand what I am telling you it is imperative that you have recourse to meditation. Don't be carried away by concepts, just dwell in the quietude. [...] You must make up your mind what you want.... If the determination [for Freedom or Realization] is that great—then it must come, but if you want something in the material world, it is not possible. The true pupil keeps this in mind and meditates." —Nisargadatta Maharaj (Seeds of Consciousness, pp. 164, 24-5, 69, 108, 146, 195, 72, 103, 102, 194, 209, 177)

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SOME ILLUSTRATIVE, TYPICAL TEACHINGS OF SRI NISARGADATTA:

Here are a few sample quotes, rich with imperatives, from just two of the dozen primary books of Nisargadatta Maharaj's teachings arbitrarily taken off a nearby bookshelf, which well underscore his sublime views on the importance of "real Realization" beyond bodily-identification, indifference, and mere cognitive-theoretical understanding of spiritual Truth:

"We should realize that we are not the body. This is liberation and realization. [...] Because you identify with the body, all the troubles begin.... The biggest stumbling block is the identification with the body-mind.... You must develop the conviction that you are the Absolute. [...] You must accomplish jnana-yoga [supremely liberating Wisdom-Knowledge], which means: the self subsiding in the Self.... But all you really want is to keep your body-mind sense intact; that just will not do.... You accept body as your identity.... By merely acquiring knowledge [i.e., theoretical understanding of "truth"] one cannot claim to be a jnani [a truly free sage]. The jnani-yogi is [actually] not required to know anything as he is Knowledge itself. Jnana-yoga is the highest state in spirituality. In this state there is no individuality, as this is the all-pervading state.... The sense of individuality and needs are felt prior to jnana-yoga. But after the accomplishment of jnana-yoga, one is beyond needs and individual personality. [...] Since a realized sage abides in perfection, he has no need at all to gain anything. [...] Once you realize that you are not the body and the mind, you have no needs and demands. [...] Do not get involved in your wants. [...] Many people presume themselves to be jnanis, but they are ignorant only. [...] If you have a deep urge, then only will there be illumination.... (Q: How should we get rid of this blindness?) By abiding in the Self through insistence. Meditate on the Self. You must do the yoga of insistence and perseverance to have perfect knowledge about the Self." —Nisargadatta Maharaj (The Nectar of Immortality, pp. 95, 152-3, 100-1, 16, 93, 164, 38, 148-9)

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I claim nothing as my own. When the 'I' is not, where is the 'mine'?. Two people look at a tree. One sees the fruit hidden among the leaves and the other does not. Otherwise there is no difference between the two. The one that sees knows that with a little attention the other will also see, but the question of sharing does not arise. Believe me, I am not close-fisted, holding back your share of reality. On the contrary, I am all yours, eat me and drink me. But while you repeat verbally: 'give, give', you do nothing to take what is offered. I am showing you a short and easy way to being able to see what I see, but you cling to your old habits of thought, feeling and action and put all the blame on me. I have nothing which you do not have. Self-knowledge is not a piece of property to be offered and accepted. It is a new dimension altogether, where there is nothing to give or take.

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Q: Give us at least some insight into the content of your mind while you live your daily life. To eat, to drink, to talk, to sleep -- how does it feel at your end?
M: The common things of life: I experience them just as you do. The difference lies in what I do not experience. I do not experience fear or greed, hate or anger. I ask nothing, refuse nothing, keep nothing. In these matters I do not compromise. Maybe this is the outstanding difference between us. I will not compromise, I am true to myself, while you are afraid of reality.

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When I look beyond the mind, I see the witness. Beyond the witness, there is infinite intensity of emptiness and silence.

― - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj / Consciousness and the Absolute

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Discard all traditional standards.
Leave them to the hypocrites.
Only what liberates you from ‘desire and fear and wrong ideas’ is good.
As long as you worry about sin and virtue, you will have no peace.

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All knowledge flows from you, as all being and all joy.
Realize that you are the eternal source and accept all as your own. Such acceptance is true love.

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What I say is simple, when the ‘I
am’ arises, everything appears, when ‘I
am’ subsides everything disappears."

The real Guru’s words are always simple, for he is
no longer an individual. He expects nothing from
you except the development of a firm conviction in
the simple teaching that he imparts. It is indeed
through his grace that he has handed over
something so profound to you in such a simple
manner. Everything has been centered around the
‘I am’: the ‘I am’ arising, everything appears, the
‘I am’ subsiding, everything disappears. Just
understand the ‘I am’, abide in it and be free from
it and your job is done.

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"This is no joke, you can become
Parabrahman right now! You are
Parabrahman right now! Just focus your
attention on the ‘I am’."

The concept of being born as an individual with a
body and mind has been so strongly hammered into
you that you simply refuse to accept anything that
challenges it. In such a state of being, the truth that
you are the Absolute ‘Parabrahman’ in this very
moment may sound too far-fetched, or like a joke.
You can even become it right now by simply
focusing your attention on the ‘I am’. The moment
you do so you stand apart from the ‘I am’ as a
witness to it. Now, who is this witness?

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"In a forest only some of the trees are in full bloom at a given moment, yet every one will have its turn.
Sooner or later your physical and mental resources will come to an end. What will you do then? Despair? All right, despair. You will get tired of despairing and begin to question. At that moment you will be fit for conscious Yoga.

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The more earnest you are at remembering what needs to be remembered, the sooner will you be aware of yourself as you are, for memory will become experience. Earnestness reveals being. What is imagined and willed becomes actuality -- here lies the danger as well as the way out.


...from `I Am That’, chapter 46

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Prior to taking this form, you were formless; spontaneously the form came, and when the form came there was a natural longing to return to the formless state. When you want to return to the formless, desireless state, then only you come here, to seek what you are. The consciousness has to know the consciousness. When it realizes itself, then only do you return to normal.

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Whatever spiritual things you aspire to know are all happening in this objective world, in the illusion. All this is happening in the objective world. All is dishonesty. There is no truth in this fraud.

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You are asking, "Who am I?" and you are not going to get an answer, because the one who will get the answer is false. You may have an idea, a concept, and you will think you have found yourself, but it is only a concept; you can never see your Self.

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Memory creates the illusion of continuity. Just as each flower has its own colour, but all colours are caused by the same light, so do many experiences appear in the undivided and indivisible awareness, each separate in memory, identical in essence.

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The known is but a shape and knowledge is but a name. The knower is but a state of mind. The real is beyond. All knowledge is in memory; it is only recognition, while reality is beyond the duality of the knower and the known. How misleading is your language! You assume, unconsciously, that reality also is approachable through knowledge. And then you bring in a knower of reality beyond reality! Do understand that to be, reality need not be known. Ignorance and knowledge are in the mind, not in the real.

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In reality there is only one state; when distorted by self-identification it is called a person, when colored with the sense of being, it is the witness; when colorless and limitless, it is called the Supreme.

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Be fully aware of your own being, and you will be in bliss consciously. Because you take your mind off yourself and make it dwell on what you are not, you lose your sense of well-being, of being well.

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If you need time to achieve something, it must be false. The real is always with you, you need not wait to be what you are. Only, you must not allow your mind to go out of yourself in search.

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Be conscious of yourself, watch your mind, give it your full attention. Don't look for quick results, there may be none within your noticing. Unknown to you, your psyche will undergo a change, there will be more clarity in your thinking and feeling, purity in your behaviour. You need not aim at these - you will witness the change all the same.

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