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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

31 Aug
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It is enough to know that there is suffering, that the world suffers. By themselves neither pleasure nor pain enlighten. Only understanding does. Once you have grasped the truth that the world is full of suffering, that to be born is a calamity, you will find the urge and the energy to go beyond it. Pleasure puts you to sleep and pain wakes you up. If you do not want to suffer, don’t go to sleep. You cannot know yourself through bliss alone, for bliss is your very nature. You must face the opposite, what you are not, to find enlightenment.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 306


Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

11 Aug

The fact of pain is easily brought within the focus of awareness. With suffering it is not that simple. To focus suffering is not enough, for mental life as we know it, is one continuous stream of suffering. To reach the deeper layers of of suffering you must go to its roots and uncover their vast underground underground network, where fear and desire are closely interwoven and the currents of life’s energy oppose, obstruct and destroy each other.

— Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That’, p 278