Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

16 Sep
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The Supreme State is universal, here and now; everybody already shares in it. It is the state of being – knowing and liking. Who does not like to be, or does not know his own existence ? But we take no advantage of this joy of being conscious, we do not go into it and purify it of all that is foreign to it. This work of mental self-purification, the cleansing of the psyche, is essential. Just as a speck in the eye, by causing inflammaton, may wipe out the world, so the mistaken idea: ‘I am the body-mind‘ causes the self-concern, which obscures the universe. It is useless to fight the sense of being a limited and separate person unless the roots of it are laid bare. Selfishness is rooted in the mistaken ideas of oneself. Clarification of the mind is Yoga.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 231

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