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I Am That, Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Chapter Ch 6 – Meditation
Quotes from chapter:
“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.”
“We are slaves to what we do not know; of what we know we are masters. Whatever vice or weakness in ourselves we discover and understand its causes and its workings, we overcome it by the very knowing; the unconscious dissolves when brought into the conscious. The dissolution of the unconscious releases energy; the mind feels adequate and becomes quiet.”
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The real does not die, the unreal never lived.
“Once you know that death happen to the body and not to you, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment.
The real you is timeless and beyond birth and death. The body will survive as long as it is needed. It is not important that it should live long.
“Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was a teacher who did not propound any ideology or religion buy gently unwrapped the mystery of the Self. His message is simple, direct and yet sublime.
“I Am That preserves his dialogues with the followers who came from around the world seeking guidance in destroying false identities. the sage’s sole concern was with human suffering and the ending of suffering. It was his mission to guide the individual to an understanding of his true nature and the timelessness of being. He taught that mind must recognize and penetrate its own state of being, not “being this or that, here or there, then or now,” “but just timeless being.”
“A simple man, Maharaj was a householder and petty store keeper in Bombay where he lived, and died in 1981 at the age of 84. He had not been educated formally but came to be respected and loved for his insights into the crux of human pain and the extraordinary lucidity of his direct discourse. Hundreds of diverse seekers travelled the globe an sought him out in his unpretentious home to hear him. to all of them he gave hope that “beyond the real experience in not the mind, but the Self, the light in which everything appears…the awareness in which everything happens.”
“I Am That is a legacy from a unique teacher who helps the reader to a clearer understanding of himself as he comes to Maharaj again and again with the age-old questions, “whence am I?” “who am i?” and “whither am I?” The listeners were never turned away from the humble abode of Maharaj then and are not turned away now.”
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