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THE ESSENTIAL TEACHING OF SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ
On many occasions I have been asked to describe the teaching of my Guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj in its most essential form, this book is an outcome of that effort.
Dedicated to my Guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Great Master
Understanding the ‘I am’, your sense of ‘being’ or just ‘presence’ is extremely important as on it rests the entire outcome of the teaching.
You have ‘to be’ before anything else can be, your sense of ‘presence’ or the feeling ‘I am’ is really fundamental to anything that has to follow.
This sense of ‘being’ or the feeling ‘I am’, was it not the very first event or happening before any of your living experiences could begin?
Apply your mind, go back in time and try to recollect the moment when for the first time it dawned on you that ‘you are’ or ‘I am’. This nascent ‘I am’ is without words or non-verbal.
This ‘I am’ is still there with you, ever present, ever available, it was and still is the first thought, refuse all other thoughts and come back there and stay there.
Establish yourself firmly in the ‘I am’ and reject all that does not go with it.
When the ‘I am’ goes all that remains is the Absolute, give all your attention to the ‘I am’.
Only the ‘I am’ is certain, it’s impersonal, all knowledge stems from it, it’s the root, hold on to it and let all else go.
The ‘I am’ is the sum total of all that you perceive, it’s time-bound, the ‘I am’ itself is an illusion, you are not the ‘I am’ you are prior to it.
The feeling ‘I am’ or ‘being’ has occurred due to its association with the body-mind. In reality you are none of these. You are the Unborn.
Hold on to the ‘I am’ or ‘being’ only, as it would one day take you to the ‘non-being’ or Unborn.
Immortality is freedom from the feeling ‘I am’, to have that freedom remain in the sense ‘I am’.
The beginning and the end of knowledge is the ‘I am’, be attentive to the ‘I am’, once you understand it, you are apart from it.
You must meditate on the ‘I am’ without holding on to the body-mind, the ‘I am’ is the first ignorance, persist on it and you will go beyond it.