I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Language: English

Pages: 396

ISBN: 0893860220

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This collection of the timeless teachings of one of the greatest sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, regarded by many as a "modern spiritual classic" is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer's life and work
"I Am That" preserves Maharaj's dialogues with the followers who came from around the world seeking his guidance in destroying false identities. The sage's sole concern was with human suffering and the ending of suffering. It was his mission to guide the individual to an understanding of his true nature and the timelessness of being. He taught that mind must recognize and penetrate its own state of being, "being this or that, here or that, then or now," but just timeless being.

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carefully, even with interest, yet not for a moment shall I forget that your world is not, that you are dreaming. Q: What distinguishes your world from mine? M: My world has no characteristics by which it can be identified. You can say nothing about it. I am my world. My world is myself. It is complete and perfect. Every impression is erased, every experience -- rejected. I need nothing, not even myself, for myself I cannot lose. Q: Not even God? M: All these ideas and distinctions exist in your

and going to me? These again are words. I am. Whence am I to come from and where to go? Q: Of what use is your world to me? M: You should consider more closely your own world, examine it critically and, suddenly, one day you will find yourself in mine. Q: What do we gain by it? M: You gain nothing. You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost -your own being. Q: Who is the ruler of your world? M: There are no ruler and ruled here. There is no duality whatsoever. You

is the living present -- eternal and immutable. He is the self that has become all things. Translators Note I met Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj some years back and was impressed with the spontaneous simplicity of his appearance and behaviour and his deep and genuine earnestness in expounding his experience. However humble and difficult to discover his little tenement in the back lanes of Bombay, many have found their way there. Most of them are Indians, conversing freely in their native language, but

which is love of life. I am free of memories and anticipations, unconcerned with what I am and what I am not. I am not addicted to self-descriptions, soham and brahmasmi ('I am He', 'I am the Supreme') are of no use to me, I have the courage to be as nothing and to see the world as it is: nothing. It sounds simple, just try it! Q: But what gives you courage? M: How perverted are your views! Need courage be given? Your question implies that anxiety is the normal state and courage is abnormal. It

sense of being an experiencer, the sense of ‘I am’, is it not also an experience? M: Obviously, every thing experienced is an experience. And in every experience there arises the experiencer of it. Memory creates the illusion of continuity. In reality each experience has its own experiencer and the sense of identity is due to the common factor at the root of all experiencerexperience relations. Identity and continuity are not the same. Just as each flower has its own colour, but all colours are

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