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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

14 Dec
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Cover of I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

The discovery of the truth is in the discernment of the false. You can know what is not . What is – you can only be. Knowledge is relative to the known. In a way it is the counterpart of ignorance. Where ignorance is not, where is the need of knowledge ? By themselves neither ignorance nor knowledge have being. They are only states of mind, which again is but an appearance of movement in consciousness which is in its essence immutable.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 370

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Sri Ramana Maharishi

9 Dec
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In the beginning one has to be told that he is not the body, because he thinks that he is the body only. Whereas he is the body and all else. The body is only a part. Let him know it finally. He must first discern consciousness from insentience and be the consciousness only. Later let him realise that insentience is not apart from consciousness.
This is discrimination (viveka). The initial discrimination must persist to the end. Its fruit is liberation.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 159

Sri Ramana Maharishi

13 Nov
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….The mind cannot kill itself. So your business is to find the real nature of the mind. Then you will know that there is no mind. When the Self is sought, the mind is nowhere. Abiding in the Self, one need not worry about the mind.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 129

Sri Ramana Maharishi

7 Nov
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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 Ramana Maharishi

1 Nov
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….There is only one consciousness, which subsists in the waking, dream and sleep states. In sleep there is no ‘I’. The ‘I’-thought arises on waking and then the world appears. Where was this ‘I’ in sleep ? Was it there or was it not ? It must have been there also, but not in the way that you feel now. The present is only the ‘I’-thought, whereas the sleeping ‘I’ is the real ‘I’. It subsists all through. It is consciousness. If it is known you will see that is beyond thoughts.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 49

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

14 Oct

 

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….The mind cannot kill itself. So your business is to find the real nature of the mind. Then you will know that there is no mind. When the Self is sought, the mind is nowhere. Abiding in the Self, one need not worry about the mind.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 129