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Nasargadatta Maharaj - I am that

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The 'I am' is certain. The 'I am this' is not.

Give up all questions except one: 'Who am I?' After all the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The 'I am' is certain. The 'I am this' is not. Struggle to find out what you are I reality.

To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not.

Discover all that you are not - body, feelings, thoughts, time, space, this or that. Nothing concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The clearer you understand that on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realise that you are the limitless being.

 

Maharaj: What do you consider to be wrong with your mind?

Questioner: It is restless, greedy for the pleasant and afraid of the unpleasant

Maharaj: What is wrong with seeking the pleasant and shirking the unpleasant? Between the banks of pain and pleasure the river of life flows. It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life, I mean acceptance - letting come what comes and go what goes.

Desire not, fear not; observe the actual as and when it happens. For you are not what happens, you are to whom it happens.

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Questioner: How can I make my mind steady?

Maharaj How can an unsteady mind make itself steady? Of course it cannot. It is the nature of the mind to ram about. All you can do is to shift the focus of consciousness beyond the mind.

Refuse all thoughts except one: the thought 'I am'. The mind will rebel in the beginning, but with patience and perseverance it will yeild and keep quiet. Once you are quiet all things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally, without any interference on your part.

It is not your real being that is restless, but its reflection in the mind that appears restless because the mind is restless. It is just like the reflection of the moon the water stirred by the wind. The wind of desire stirs the mind, and the 'me' which is a reflection of the self in the mind, appears changeful. These ideas of movement, of restlessness, of pleasure and pain are all in the mind. The Self stands beyond the mind, aware but not concerned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted March 2003 (Bryans meditation retreat)
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