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Whatever is called God or Self is because there is the beingness,
the feeling that ‘I am’. That is the fundamental principle, the basis
of all your knowledge, but you are identifying yourself with the
body.

With greatest interest you get absorbed in your Self. By giving
attention only to your ‘I’ consciousness you can reach it. Without
giving attention to the body but to the sense ‘I am’.

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There are levels in consciousness, but not in awareness. It is of one block, homogeneous. It's reflection in the mind is love and understanding. There are levels of clarity in love and intensity in love, but not in their source. The source is simple and single, but the gifts are infinite. Only do not take the gifts for the source. Realize yourself as the source and not the river; that is all.

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The ‘I amness’ is pulsating ‘I am, I am’. The feeling of ‘I amness’
is there because of the essence of the food body and vital breath,
when these are gone the pulsation of ‘I amness’ will not be there.
Beingness goes into no-beingness.

Because of the knowledge ‘I am’ we conduct all activities. In the
morning when you wake up you get the first guaranty, that
conviction of ‘I am’. Then because you are not in a position to
sustain or tolerate that ‘I amness’ you bestir yourself. You get up and move around here and there and the activity starts.

That attention of ‘I amness’ is always there in the waking state, but
we are not alert to watch it. There is no other attention to be
followed. Be attentive to that attention ‘I am’.

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Nothing is wrong with you, but the ideas you have of yourself are altogether wrong. It is not you who desires, fears and suffers, it is the person built on the foundation of your body by circumstances and influences. You are not that person. This must be clearly established in your mind and never lost sight of.


...from 'I Am That', chapter 83

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"The old grooves must be erased in your brain, without forming new ones. You must realize yourself as the immovable, behind and beyond the movable, the silent witness of all that happens."

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IT IS THE MIND THAT IMAGINES THAT IT DOES NOT KNOW AND
THEN COMES TO KNOW.......

All talk of ‘gnana’ (knowledge) is a sign of ignorance. It is the mind that imagines that it does not know and then comes to know. Reality knows nothing of these contortions. Even the idea of God as the Creator is false. Do I owe my being to another being? Because ‘I am’ all ‘is’.

My teacher told me to hold on to the sense ‘I am’ tenaciously and
not to swerve from it even for a moment. I did my best to follow
his advice and in a comparatively short time I realized within
myself the truth of his teaching. All I did was to remember his
teaching, his face, his words constantly. This brought an end to the
mind, in the stillness of the mind I saw myself as I am – unbound.

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God attends to this business of managing the universe; but he is glad to have some help. When the helper is selfless and intelligent, all the powers of the universe are for him to command.

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Creation - reflection - rejection: Brahma - Vishnu - Shiva : this is the eternal process. All things are governed by it. After the stage of creation, comes the stage of examination and reflection, and finally the stage of abandonment and forgetting.

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Do understand that you cannot ask a valid question about yourself,
because you do not know whom you are asking about.
In the question 'Who am I?' the 'I' is not known and
the question can be worded as: "I do not know what I mean by I"

What you are, you must find out.
I can only tell you what you are not.

You are not of the world, you are not even in the world.
The world is not, you alone are.
You create the world in your imagination like a dream.

As you cannot separate the dream from yourself,
so you cannot have an outer world independent of yourself.
You are independent, not the world.
Don't be afraid of a world you yourself have created.
Cease from looking for happiness and reality in a dream and you will wake up.
You need not know 'why' and 'how', there is no end to questions.
Abandon all desires, keep your mind silent and you shall discover.

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All will come as you go on. Take the first step first. All blessings come from within. Turn within. 'l am' you know. Be with it all the time you can spare, until you revert to it spontaneously. There is no simpler and easier way.

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You people are rich with your ideas of possession, of quantity and quality. I am completely without ideas.

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One reaches the Supreme State
by renouncing all lesser desires.
As long as you are pleased with the lesser,
you cannot have the highest.
Whatever pleases you keeps you back.

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Beyond the mind there is no such thing as experience. Experience is a dual state. You cannot talk of reality as an experience. Once this is understood, you will no longer look for being and becoming as separate and opposite. In reality they are one and inseparable, like roots and branches of the same tree. Both can only exist in the light of consciousness, which again arises in the wake of the sense ' I am'. This is the primary fact. If you miss this, you miss all.

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Looking for causes and results is but the pastime of the mind.
What is, is lovable.
Love is not a result, it is the very ground of being.
Wherever you go, you will find being, consciousness and love.
Why and what for make preferences?

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In reality you were never born and never shall die.....
In fact, there is no body, nor a world to contain it..
there is only a mental condition, a dream-like state, easy to dispel by investigating awareness investigating its reality...

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Questioner: You are asking me to give up the world, while I want to be happy in the world.

Nisargadatta Maharaj: If you ask for the impossible, who can help you? The limited is bound to be painful and pleasant in turns. If you seek real happiness, unassailable and unchangeable, you must leave the world with its pains and pleasures behind you.

Questioner: How is it done?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: Mere physical renunciation is only a token of earnestness, but earnestness alone does not liberate. There must be understanding which comes with alert perceptivity, eager enquiry and deep investigation. You must work relentlessly for your salvation from sin and sorrow.

Questioner: What is sin?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: All that binds you.

~ from 'I Am That', chapter 101

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It is you who are in movement and not time.
Stop moving and time will cease.
Past and future will merge in the eternal NOW.

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Does love act deliberately? Yes and no. Life is love and love is life. What keeps the body together but love? What is desire, but love of the self? What is fear but the urge to protect? And what is knowledge but the love of truth? The means and forms may be wrong, but the motive behind is always love — love of the me and the mine. The me and the mine may be small, or may explode and embrace the universe, but love remains.

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The seeking itself is God.
Love itself is the lover and the beloved.

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What is the root of pain?
Ignorance of yourself.
What is the root of desire?
The urge to find yourself.
All creation toils for its self
and will not rest
until it returns to it.

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CREATIVITY

Maruti(Nisargadatta Maharaj's original name) eventually took on the name Nisargadatta, meaning “naturally (nisarga) given (datta)” or, more loosely, “one dwelling in the natural state.” “Nis-arga” literally means “without parts,” and suggests the unfragmented, seamless, solid Awareness of a sage. As he later told a dear disciple and successor, Jean Dunn: “At one time I was composing poems. Poems used to flow out of me and, in this flow, I just added ‘Nisargadatta.’ I was reveling in composing poems until my Guru cautioned me, ‘You are enjoying composing these poems too much; give them up!’ What was he driving at? His objective was for me to merge in the Absolute instead of reveling in my beingness.”

- Consciousness and the Absolute

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Time is in the mind, space is in the mind. The law of cause and effect is also a way of thinking. In reality all is here and now and all is one. Multiplicity and diversity are in the mind only.

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Now, you are trying to understand all this but you cannot, because you have on the swaddling clothes of 'I am this or that'. Remove them. The ultimate point of view is that there is nothing to understand. So, trying to understand is just indulging in mental
acrobatics. Whatever you have understood you are not. Spit it all out. Whatever you understand is not the truth. Throw it overboard.

Do not try to catch hold of any concepts and cling to them. Don't employ any words, but look at yourself as you are.
Throw away every thought, every experience, everything that happens after the consciousness, the beingness comes. Other than throwing it away as useless, there is nothing to be done beyond this firm understanding in which you become more and
more absorbed. Before the beingness was there, look at that, be in that state.

Do not get lost in words and thoughts and ideas. Do not crave for mind knowledge and concepts in the name of spirituality. Anything that is seen and interpreted by the mind is only an appearance in consciousness, and, therefore, cannot be true. The knowledgeable one just witnesses whatever experiences are obtainable through the mind, viewing them as without substance. The mind may be sprouting, expressing itself with various concepts. But, don't identify with that, let it go. Don't be a customer to your mind concepts. The
knower of the mind is just a witness. He does not interfere in anything.

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What effort can an illusory, conceptual "I" make to know its true Self? What effort can a shadow make to know its substance? Realizing your true Self requires no phenomenal effort. It happens when it is given an opportunity to do so, when obstruction by conceptualization ceases. It appears when it is given a vacant space to appear in.

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MAYA ( ILLUSION ) IS VERY POWERFUL......

Where has the experience of being alive come from which started all this trouble? The 'I' consciousness appeared spontaneously and the experiences started. When you got yourself separated from the Absolute with this identity, 'I am', your demands started. In the Absolute there are no needs of any kind, not even the need to know Itself.

Brahman is the total truth; there is nothing else but Brahman. In That, the touch of beingness, 'I am', started, and then the separation and the sense of otherness appeared.

Coming down into this world from the Absolute is like the appearance of a dream. Along with that appearance comes the primary ignorance, the false notion that you are the body. That is illusion, maya. Maya is very powerful; she will get you completely
wrapped up. She will make you do all her tricks, and that light of yours, the beingness gets extinguished. But, although she might be your greatest enemy, if you propitiate her properly, she will turn around and lead you to the highest state.

First, know that you are the manifest consciousness, the 'I am'. Then go to the source and find out where this 'I am' came from. When you have knowledge you see the 'I am' as all-pervasive, so long as that consciousness is there. But then, this knowledge merges into no-knowledge, the Parabrahman, the witness of the consciousness. That has no 'I am'; that is you true eternal nature.

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