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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

6 Nov
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….As life before death is but imagination, so is life after. The dream continues.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 261

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

27 Sep
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When life and death are seen as essential to each other, as two aspects of one being, that is immortality. To see the end in the beginning and beginning in the end is the intimation of eternity. Definitely immortality is not continuity. Only the process of change continues. Nothing lasts.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 31

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

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

9 Sep
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It is the changing that dies. The immutable neither lives nor dies; it is the timeless witness of life and death. You cannot call it dead, for it is aware. Nor can you call it alive, for it does not change. It is just like your tape-recorder. It records, it reproduces – all by itself. You only listen. Similarly, I watch all that happens, including my talking to you. It is not me who talks, the words appear in my mind and then I hear them said.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 433

Sri Ramana Maharishi

25 Aug
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You do not know what you were before birth, yet you want to know what you will be after death. Do you know what you are now ?

— Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 235

Sri Ramana Maharishi

17 Aug

It is in the mind that birth and death, pleasure and pain, in short the world and ego exist. If the mind is destroyed all these are destroyed too. Note that it should be annihilated, not just made latent. For the mind is dormant in sleep. It does not know anything. Still on waking up, you are as you were before. There is no end of grief. But if the mind be destroyed the grief will have no background and will disappear along with the mind.

— Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 16