Monday, June 22, 2009
"I AM THAT" is a book recommended by Eckart Tolle and Adyashanti. This book is a collection of the timeless teachings of one of the great modern sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Nisargadatta Maharaj,a simple shopkeeper live in Bombay, and died there in 1981 at the age of 84. He was not formally educated, but came to be respected and loved for his insights into the causes of human suffering. Hundreds of seekers traveled to his humble home from all over the world to hear him speak. He gave them hope that "beyond the real experience is not the mind, but the self, the light in which everything appears...the awareness in which everything happens." His mission was to guide individuals to understand their true nature and as "timeless being."
Here are a few quotes from the book...
Nothing can trouble you but your own imagination. (I AM THAT p.113)
General knowledge develops the mind, no doubt. But if you are going to spend your life in amassing knowledge, you build a wall round yourself. To go beyond the mind, a well-furnished mind is not needed. (p50)
The window is the absence of the wall, and it gives air and light because it is empty. Be empty of al mental content, of all imagination and effort, and the very absence of obstacles will cause reality to rush in. (p260)
Leave it all behind you. Forget it. Go forth, unburdened with ideas and beliefs. Abandon all verbal structures, all relative truth, all tangible objectives. (p340)
All are mere words, of what use are they to you? You are entangled in the web of verbal definitions and formulations. Go beyond your concepts and ideas; in the silence of desire and thought the truth is found. (p295)
Too much analysis leads you nowhere. There is in you the core of being which is beyond analysis, beyond the mind. You can know it in action only. The legitimate function of the mind is to tell you what is not. But if you want possitive knowledge, you must go beyond the mind. (p341)
Before you can know anything directly, non-verbally, you must know the knower. So far, you took the mind for the knower, but it is not so. The mind clogs you up with images and ideas, which leave scars in memory. You take remembering to be knowledge. True knowledge is ever fresh, new, unexpected. It wells up from within. When you know what you are, you also are what you know. Between knowing and being there is no gap. (p520)
Consciousness, being a product of conditions and circumstances, depends on them and changes along with them. What is independent, uncreated, timeless and changeless and yet ever new and fresh is beyond the mind. When the mind thinks of it, the mind dissolves and only happiness remains. (p488)
[With self-awareness] you grow more intelligent. In awareness you learn, in self-awareness you learn about yourself. Of course, you can only learn what you are not. To know what you are, you must go beyond the mind. Awareness is the point at which the mind reaches out beyond itself into reality. In awareness you seek not what pleases, but what is true. (p346)
Stop making use of your mind and see what happens. Do this one thing thoroughly. That is all. (p197)
Here is a video about him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUyLIYVrd5U
Today see if you can feel the stillness that is always present beyond the mind's thoughts. Stop for moments throughout the day and be still. Allow "awareness" to become conscious. Know that you are this "Awareness," not the body/mind which you are occupying in this lifetime. Discover that which is never born and never dies. www.TantraGal.Blogspot.com
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