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As long as the mind is there, your body and your world are there. Your world is mind-made, subjective, enclosed within the mind, fragmentary, temporary, personal, hanging on the thread of memory.

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Everybody sees the world through the idea he has of himself. As you think yourself to be, so you think the world to be. If you imagine yourself as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear. I do not see the world as separate from me and so there is nothing for me to desire, or fear.

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That which cannot change, remains. The great peace, the deep silence, the hidden beauty of reality remain.
While it cannot be conveyed through words, it is waiting for you to experience for yourself.

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Words, heard or read, will only create images in your mind, but you are not a mental image. You are the power of perception and action behind and beyond the image.

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Don’t fight with what you take to be obstacles on your way. Just be interested in them, watch them, observe, enquire. Let anything happen - good or bad. But don’t let yourself be submerged by what happens. The mind must learn that beyond the moving mind there is the background of awareness, which does not change. The mind must come to know the true self and respect it and cease covering it up, like the moon which obscures the sun during solar eclipse. Just realize that nothing observable, or experienceable is you, or binds you. Take no notice of what is not yourself. You are aware anyhow, you need not try to be. What you need is to be aware of being aware. Be aware deliberately and consciously, broaden and deepen the field of awareness. You are always conscious of the mind, but you are not aware of yourself as being conscious.

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THE MIND GOES ASTRAY AND THE MIND RETURNS HOME

M: All this belongs to the realm of manifestation; it is in the very structure of the universe, that the higher can be had only through the freedom from the lower.

Q: What is lower and what is higher?
M: Look at it in terms of awareness. Wider and deeper consciousness is higher. All that lives, works for protecting, perpetuating and expanding consciousness. This is the world's sole meaning and purpose. It is the very essence of Yoga -- ever raising the level of consciousness, discovery of new dimensions, with their properties, qualities and powers. In that sense the entire universe becomes a school of Yoga (yogakshetra).

Q: Is perfection the destiny of all human beings?
M: Of all living beings -- ultimately. The possibility becomes a certainty when the notion of enlightenment appears in the mind. Once a living being has heard and understood that deliverance is within his reach, he will never forget, for it is the first message from within. It will take roots and grow and in due course take the blessed shape of the Guru.

Q: So all we are concerned with is the redemption of the mind?
M: What else? The mind goes astray, the mind returns home. Even the word 'astray' is not proper.
The mind must know itself in every mood. Nothing is a mistake unless repeated.

I AM THAT no 58

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I am dead already. Physical death will make no difference in my case. I am timeless being. I am free of desire or fear, because I do not remember the past or imagine the future. Where there are no names and shapes, how can there be desire and fear? With desirelessness comes timelessness. I am safe, because what is not, cannot touch what is. You feel unsafe, because you imagine danger. Of course, your body as such is complex and vulnerable and needs protection. But not you. Once you realize your own unassailable being, you will be at peace.

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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.

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To expound and propagate concepts is simple to drop all concepts is difficult and rare.

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Q: How long will it take me to get free of the mind?

M: It may take a thousand years, but really no time is required. All you need is to be in dead earnest. Here the will is the deed. If you are sincere, you have it. After all, it is a matter of attitude. Nothing stops you from being a jnani here and now, except fear. You are afraid of being impersonal, of impersonal being.

It is all quite simple. Turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are at once in your natural state.

Q: No question of reconditioning, changing, or eliminating the mind?

M: Absolutely none. Leave your mind alone, that is all. Don't go along with it. After all, there is no such thing as mind apart from thoughts which come and go obeying their own laws, not yours. They dominate you only because you are interested in them. It is exactly as Christ said 'Resist not evil'. By resisting evil you merely strengthen it.

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Go within, go beyond. Cease being fascinated by the content of your consciousness.

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You have squeezed yourself into the span of a lifetime and the volume of a body, and thus created the innumerable conflicts of life and death.
Have your being outside this body of birth and death and all your problems will be solved.They exist because you believe yourself born to die. Undeceive yourself and be free. You are not a person.

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It is the ever-greedy mind that creates idea of progress and evolution towards perfection.
It disturbs and talks of order, destroys and seeks security.

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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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Sadhana, the discipline, is only this: The knowledge which is dwelling in this body, the quintessence of these three gunas -- the knowledge "I am," "I am that" -- this is the initial step. You must be one with it, you must abide in that only. You have to think "I am not the body but I am that formless, nameless knowledge indwelling in this body; that (is) `I am'." When you abide sufficiently long in this state, whatever doubts you may have, that knowledge "I am" itself will sprout out with life and meaning for you, intended for you only, and everything will become clear. No external knowledge will be necessary.

from "The Ultimate Medicine", Chapter 3

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AS A MAN RECOGNISES MAN , A JNANI RECOGNISES A JNANI

Q: I have been at Sri Ramanashram and also I have visited Rishikesh. Can I ask you what is your opinion of Sri Ramana Maharshi? M: We are both in the same ancient state. But what do you know of Maharshi? You take yourself to be a name and a body, so all you perceive are names and bodies. Q: Were you to meet the Maharshi, what would happen? M: Probably we would feel quite happy. We may even exchange a few words. Q: But would he recognise you as a liberated man? M: Of course. As a man recognises a man, so a jnani recognises a jnani. You cannot appreciate what you have not experienced. You are what you think yourself to be, but you cannot think yourself to be what you have not experienced.

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"Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person."

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NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ: The names and forms that appear, with different colors and all that, their origin is water(¹). But nobody says I'm water, but they say I am the body. But if you see the origin of the body, then ultimately the body has appeared only from water. All these plants and everything, all names and forms, they appear from water Only. But still people don't identify themselves with water; they say I am the body. The existence of heaven or hell, or whatever it is, is on this earth only. All names appertain to forms, and all forms appear from the earth and merge again into that. So they are concepts, the existence of heaven and hell. Discoveries are made by the scientists; they receive help from their own consciousness, that knowledge "I am" itself. But what it is, they don't know. They cannot get hold directly of whatever they discover. Various books have been written, but ultimately Krishna, not a person, but consciousness in a form, has written about itself, what it is. And that I find most appropriate of all the existing scriptures.

(¹) Cf. "From the waters everything is made, both what is manifest and what is Unmanifest. Therefore, all manifestation (murti) is water." - Prasna Upanishad, l.-4-5.

VISITOR: You mean the Bhagavad Gita?

NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ: Yes, but I do not say Krishna is a person. It is consciousness in a particular form that authored the Bhagavad Gita. The same consciousness is in you. And it is also this consciousness that was there when you were a child, the same as is present now also. As time passes, the consciousness remains what it is. I call it bal-krishna, the child-consciousness. You give attention to that; catch hold of it and then you will know. That "I"-consciousness is the same in a child as in an older person.

~ from "The Ultimate Medicine", Chapter 4

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The innermost light, shining peacefully and timelessly in the heart, is the real Guru. All others merely show the way.

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In the stillness of the mind I saw myself as I Am.
Unbound.

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Love is boundless. What is limited to a few cannot be called love.

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If you expect any benefits from your search, material, mental or spiritual, you have missed the point. Truth gives no advantage. It gives no higher status, no power over others; all you get is truth and freedom from the false.

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If you know you are not the mind, then what difference does it make if it’s busy or quiet? You are not the mind.

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Visitor: Why is there such a divergence between different gurus, rishis, and realized yogis? Perhaps they are not realized?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: No, this is to be explained as follows. Although consciousness is universal and the knowledge "you are," and whatever knowledge there is, is all common, its expression through the body and the mind is individualistic; there everything is different. Therefore, the path expounded by each sage will be different; it is bound to be so.

~ from "The Ultimate Medicine", Chapter 3

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Ultimately nothing is mine or yours, everything is ours. Just be one with yourself and you will be one with all, at home in the entire universe.

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