The thoughts of Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Re: The thoughts of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Post by Walker » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:38 pm

“If you want to sin, sin wholeheartedly and openly. Sins too have their lessons to teach the earnest sinner, as virtues — the earnest saint. It is the mixing up the two that is so disastrous. Nothing can block you so effectively as compromise, for it shows lack of earnestness, without which nothing can be done.”

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Re: The thoughts of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Post by Walker » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:40 pm

“Whatever name you give it: will, or steady purpose, or one-pointedness of the mind, you come back to earnestness, sincerity, honesty. When you are in dead earnest, you tend every incident, every second of your life to your purpose. You, do not waste time and energy on other things. You are totally dedicated, call it will, or love, or plain honesty. We are complex beings, at war within and without. We contradict ourselves all the time, undoing today the work of yesterday. No wonder we are stuck. A little of integrity would make a lot of difference.”

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Re: The thoughts of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Post by Walker » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:24 am

Total trust is where the Western Mind falls short, but the sage says any way is fine.

No way is short or long, but some people are more in earnest and some are less. I can tell you about myself. I was a simple man, but I trusted my Guru. What he told me to do, I did. He told me to concentrate on ‘I am’ — I did. He told me that I am beyond all perceivables and conceivables — I believed. I gave him my heart and soul, my entire attention and the whole of my spare time (I had to work to keep my family alive). As a result of faith and earnest application, I realized my self (swarupa) within three years.

You may choose any way that suits you; your earnestness will determine the rate of progress.

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Re: The thoughts of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Post by Walker » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:27 am

“I shall tell you how my Guru’s Guru died. After announcing that his end was nearing, he stopped eating, without changing the routine of his daily life. On the eleventh day, at prayer time he was singing and clapping vigorously and suddenly died! Just like that, between two movements, like a blown out candle. Everybody dies as he lives.”
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Re: The thoughts of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Post by Dontaskme » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:07 pm

“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

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Re: The thoughts of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Post by Walker » Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:00 pm

As Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj says, love is the meaning and purpose of duality (the relative condition).

Commentary:

From love follows true insights.

For example, this appeared in consciousness from the ether:

To be not ruled by ego, means to be not ruled by any ego.

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Re: The thoughts of Nisargadatta Maharaj

Post by PeteJ » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:46 pm

Dontaskme wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:07 pm
“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
This is refreshing discussion. Your comments on love make me think you'd like the writings of Paul Ferrini. I expect you know Sri Ramana Maharshi, For the metaphysical explanation of your view there is Nagarjuna.

Quite why this sort of discussion does not go on in scientific consciousness studies or philosophy of mind is beyond me.

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