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Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes

Salvation is to see things as they are.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Nothing ever goes wrong.
Nisargadatta Maharaj
A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Don’t try to understand! It’s enough if you do not misunderstand.
Nisargadatta Maharaj
Those who know only scriptures know nothing. To know is to be.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
You will receive everything you need when you stop asking for what you do not need.
Nisargadatta Maharaj
We are the creators and creatures of each other, causing and bearing each other's burden
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
To expound and propogate concepts is simple, to drop all concepts is difficult and rare
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)

Nisargadatta Maharaj Quote: Whatever happens, happens to you by you, through you; you are the creator...
Whatever happens, happens to you by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
If you want to know your true nature, you must have yourself in mind all the time, until the secret of your being stands revealed.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
All that a guru can tell you is: 'My dear Sir, you are quite mistaken about yourself. You are not the person you take yourself to be.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
In death only the body dies. Life does not, consciousness does not, reality does not. And the life is never so alive as after death.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Who is the one who recognizes this body-mind? This `I Am-ness' which recognizes the body-mind is without name and form, it is already there.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
and between the two my life moves.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
You may die a hundred deaths without a break in the mental turmoil. Or, you may keep your body and die only in the mind. The death of the mind is the birth of wisdom.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Steady faith is stronger than destiny. Destiny is the result of causes, mostly accidental, and is therefore loosely woven. Confidence and good hope will overcome it easily.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.
Nisargadatta Maharaj
To deal with things knowledge of things is needed. To deal with people, you need insight, sympathy. To deal with yourself, you need nothing. Be what you are, a conscious being and don’t stray away from yourself.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.
Nisargadatta Maharaj
Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own....Stand still, be quiet.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
As you watch your mind, you discover your self as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover your self as the light behind the watcher. The source of light is dark, unknown is the source of knowledge. That source alone is. Go back to that source and abide there.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That - Chapter 42, 1973)
A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Unless you make tremendous efforts, you will not be convinced that effort will take you nowhere. The self is so self-confident that unless it is totally discouraged it will not give up. Mere verbal conviction is not enough. Hard facts alone can show the absolute nothingness of the self-image.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Love is not selective, desire is selective. In love there are no strangers. When the centre of selfishness is no longer, all desires for pleasure and fear of pain cease; one is no longer interested in being happy; beyond happiness there is pure intensity, inexhaustible energy, the ecstasy of giving from a perennial source.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
To exist means to be something, a thing, a feeling, a thought, an idea. All existence is particular. Only being is universal, in the sense that every being is compatible with every other being. Existences clash, being – never. Existence means becoming, change, birth and death, and birth again, while in being there is silent peace.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
It has nothing to do with effort. Just turn away, look between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. When you happen to walk in a crowd, you do not fight every man you meet, you just find your way between. When you fight, you invite a fight. But when you do not resist, you meet no resistance. When you refuse to play the game, you are out of it.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
There are always moments when one feels empty and estranged. Such moments are most desirable, for it means the soul has cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places. This is detachment -- when the old is over and the new has not yet come. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing, but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: Whatever you come across -- go beyond.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973))
Truth is simple and open to all. Why do you complicate? Truth is loving and lovable. It includes all, accepts all, purifies all. It is untruth that is difficult and a source of trouble. It always wants, expects, demands. Being false, it is empty, always in search of confirmation and reassurance. It is afraid of and avoids enquiry. It identifies itself with any support, however weak and momentary. Whatever it gets, it loses and asks for more.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
Work on, and the universe will work with you. After all the very idea of doing the right thing comes to you from the unknown. Leave it to the unknown as far as the results go, just go through the necessary movements. You are merely one of the links in the long chain of causation. Fundamentally, all happens in the mind only. When you work for something whole-heartedly and steadily, it happens, for it is the function of the mind to make things happen.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
All you want is to be happy. All your desires, whatever they may be, are longing for happiness. Basically, you wish yourself well...desire by itself is not wrong. It is life itself, the urge to grow in knowledge and experience. It is choices you make that are wrong. To imagine that some little thing-food, sex, power, fame-will make you happy is to decieve oneself. Only something as vast and deep as your real self can make you truly and lastingly happy.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
I find that somehow, by shifting the focus of attention, I become the very thing I look at, and experience the kind of consciousness it has; I become the inner witness of the thing. I call this capacity of entering other focal points of consciousness, love; you may give it any name you like. Love says "I am everything". Wisdom says "I am nothing". Between the two, my life flows. Since at any point of time and space I can be both the subject and the object of experience, I express it by saying that I am both, and neither, and beyond both
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973))
Your expectation of something unique and dramatic, of some wonderful explosion, is merely hindering and delaying your Self Realization. You are not to expect an explosion, for the explosion has already happened - at the moment when you were born, when you realized yourself as Being-Knowing-Feeling. There is only one mistake you are making: you take the inner for the outer and the outer for the inner. What is in you, you take to be outside you and what is outside, you take to be in you. The mind and feelings are external, but you take them to be intimate. You believe the world to be objective, while it is entirely a projection of your psyche. That is the basic confusion and no new explosion will set it right! You have to think yourself out of it. There is no other way.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
There is no such thing as a person. There are only restrictions and limitations. The sum total of these defines the person. You think you know yourself when you know what you are. But you never know who you are. The person merely appears to be, like the space within the pot appears to have the shape and volume and smell of the pot. See that you are not what you believe yourself to be. Fight with all the strength at your disposal against the idea that you are nameable and describable. You are not. Refuse to think of yourself in terms of this or that. There is no other way out of misery, which you have created for yourself through blind acceptance without investigation. Suffering is a call for enquiry, all pain needs investigation. Don’t be too lazy to think.
Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That, 1973)
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Nisargadatta Maharaj Biography

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Born: 1897
Died: 1981

Nisargadatta Maharaj was a non-dual master and sage, who is best known for his seminal work titled 'I am that', which is a compilation of the talks he had given during his years as a guru in India.

Notable Works

I Am That (1973)

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