Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

15 Oct

 

Cover of "I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisar...

Cover of I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

 

Why do you worry about the world before taking care of yourself ? You want to save the world, don’t you ? Can you save the world before saving yourself ? And what means being saved ? Saved from what ? From illusion. Salvation is to see things as they are. I really do not see myself related to anybody and anything. Not even to a self, whatever that self may be. I remain forever – undefined. I am within and beyond – intimate and unapproachable.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 83

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5 Responses to “Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj”

  1. henfre October 15, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    “intimate and unapproachable”

    I can’t help but feel that this phrase is something less than I would prefer. I’m not sure I understand why unapproachability contributes to oneness (if that word serves the right purpose). It seems like an unfavorable trait.

    • rvishu October 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

      Your comment has opened up a short-coming in this style of presentation (of quotations). I have been doing a random selection. It may have its advantages, but from a ‘structural’ point of view it may not make sense. I wonder if a prologue to the quotation would help (?). A sort of buildup leading to the quote? Would welcome your comments on this.
      Coming to your comment re “intimate and unapproachable”. Continued here..

      • henfre November 1, 2010 at 3:45 am #

        I see, it’s not as much that unapproachability contributes to oneness, but approachability is not even a valid characteristic of oneness (which is pointed out). If there is one, than that one cannot be approached by another, because it *is* both the individual who approaches and is approached. There cannot be only one and that one be approached because there can be only one.

        Thank you for the explanation.

        I think that the quotations are good as they are. They raise questions that cause people to reconsider their conceptions of what is real and how things are. It makes people think.

        I don’t think an introduction to the quote would have answered this particular question. In hindsight it is difficult to know, however.

      • rvishu November 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

        Bang on. Well put.
        And thanks for the input re ‘introduction to quotation’

  2. Nd'A November 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    i think the quotes like this is good.

    I think we can rationalise it endlessly but that the original feelings above are more valid.
    For me, it’s where i say, they were missing Jesus teachings.
    Compassion as love.
    I saw for long time now thousands of people who are for more then 30 years not helping others and being selfish because they have to be that before they save themselfs, -lol.
    i myself fell in this idea and it brings nothings good.
    No need to explain the absurd of the situation and where it goes wrong, i suppose.
    As a matter of fact the two things go together, and to love which is to help others, makes part of the way to consciousness.
    To do good to others is crucial.
    With all respect, i believe that the lack of compassion IN PRACTICE, was still because we needed to evolve.
    Also because they were against the feminine…. which is the part of God that speaks of love and compassion.

    Our lack of understanding it’s what made so few people attain to regeneration.

    Once we know that it is about putting these two things together, many more people can regenerate.
    …. and the casts disappear ….

    I as a woman have the aim to reach high enough consciousness where i stress how much difference we make for each others on the way….

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