Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

22 Sep
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You want something like round-the-clock ecstasy. Ecstasies come and go, necessarily, for the human brain cannot stand the tension for a long time. A prolonged ecstasy will burn out your brain, unless it is extremely pure and subtle. In nature nothing is at stand-still, everything pulsates, appears and disappears. Heart, breath, digestion, sleep and waking – birth and death everything comes and goes in waves. Rhythm, periodicity, harmonious alteration of extremes is the rule. No use rebelling against the very pattern of life. If you seek the immutable, go beyond experience. When I say: remember ‘I am’ all the time, I mean: ‘come back to it repeatedly’. No particular thought can be the mind’s natural state, only silence. Not the idea of silence, but silence itself. When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 242

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2 Responses to “Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj”

  1. henfre September 22, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    I think I’ll have to take a look at that book sometime. Sure looks like there’s plenty of stuff I’d be interested in.

    • rvishu September 22, 2010 at 11:40 am #

      ‘I think I’ll have to take a look at that book sometime’
      – Absolutely. Its a remarkable book. Its a translation (from tape) of the dialogues that many people had with Nisargadatta Maharaj over a number of years. The translation is by Maurice Frydman, another amazing person.

      From your comment yesterday: ‘But a peace that cannot be disturbed… that must be peace.’
      Thats it, in a nutshell. When we loosely say ‘peace of mind’ it only means a relatively quiet mind. Not absolutely still, quiet.
      I am really glad you made that point.
      Get that book and let me know how you get on.

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