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Sri Ramana Maharishi

7 Nov
Ramana Maharshi

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….Now you say you were unconscious in sleep and self-conscious in the wakeful state. Which is the Reality ? The Reality must be continuous and eternal. Neither the unconsciousness nor the self-consciousness of the present is the Reality. But you admit your existence all through. That pure Being is the reality. The others are mere associations. That pure Being cannot be otherwise than consciousness. Otherwise you cannot say that you exist. Therefore consciousness is the Reality. When that consciousness is associated with upadhis you speak of self-consciousness, unconsciousness, sub-consciousness, super-consciousness, human-consciousness, dog-consciousness, tree-consciousness and so on. The unaltering common factor in all of them is consciousness.
Therefore the stone is as much unconscious as you are in sleep. Is that totally devoid of consciousness ?

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 544

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

20 Oct

 

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

Cover of I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

 

….And as long as one is conscious, there will be pain and pleasure. You cannot fight pain and pleasure on the level of consciousness. To go beyond them you must go beyond consciousness, which is possible only when you look at consciousness as something that happens to you and not in you, as something external, alien, superimposed. Then, suddenly you are free of consciousness, really alone, with nothing to intrude. And that is your true state. Consciousness is an itching rash that makes you scratch. Of course, you cannot step out of consciousness for the very idea of stepping out is in consciousness. But if you learn to look at consciousness as a sort of fever, personal and private, in which you are enclosed like a chick in its shell, out of this very attitude will come the crisis which will break the shell.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 382

Sri Ramana Maharishi

8 Oct

 

Ramana Maharshi

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….Now you say you were unconscious in sleep and self-conscious in the wakeful state. Which is the Reality ? The Reality must be continuous and eternal. Neither the unconsciousness nor the self-consciousness of the present is the Reality. But you admit your existence all through. That pure Being is the reality. The others are mere associations. That pure Being cannot be otherwise than consciousness. Otherwise you cannot say that you exist. Therefore consciousness is the Reality. When that consciousness is associated with upadhis you speak of self-consciousness, unconsciousness, sub-consciousness, super-consciousness, human-consciousness, dog-consciousness, tree-consciousness and so on. The unaltering common factor in all of them is consciousness.
Therefore the stone is as much unconscious as you are in sleep. Is that totally devoid of consciousness ?

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 544

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

Cover of I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

….Call it silence, or void, or abeyance, the fact is that the three – experiencer, experiencing, experience – are not. In witnessing, in awareness, self-consciousness, the sense of being this or that, is not. Unidentified being remains.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 164

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

15 Sep
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….You say I must have a motive. I am not sitting here, nor talking: no need to search for motives. Don’t confuse me with the body. I have no work to do, no duties to perform. That part of me which you may call God will look after the world. This world of yours, that so much needs looking after, lives and moves in your mind. Delve into it, you will find your answers there and there only. Where else do you expect them to come from ? Outside your consciousness does anything exist ?

Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 225

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

14 Sep
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For reality to be, the ideas of ‘me’ and ‘mine’ must go. They will go if you let them. Then your normal natural state reappears, in which you are neither the body nor the mind, neither the ‘me’ nor the ‘mine’, but in a different state of being altogether. It is pure awareness of being, without being this or that, without any self-identification with anything in particular, or in general. In that pure light of consciousness there is nothing, not even the idea of nothing. There is only light.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 386

Sri Ramana Maharishi

6 Sep
Ramana Maharshi

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….Now you say you were unconscious in sleep and self-conscious in the wakeful state. Which is the Reality ? The Reality must be continuous and eternal. Neither the unconsciousness nor the self-consciousness of the present is the Reality. But you admit your existence all through. That pure Being is the reality. The others are mere associations. That pure Being cannot be otherwise than consciousness. Otherwise you cannot say that you exist. Therefore consciousness is the Reality. When that consciousness is associated with upadhis you speak of self-consciousness, unconsciousness, sub-consciousness, super-consciousness, human-consciousness, dog-consciousness, tree-consciousness and so on. The unaltering common factor in all of them is consciousness.
Therefore the stone is as much unconscious as you are in sleep. Is that totally devoid of consciousness ?

— Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 544