"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Can you preserve your personality?

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

With your faith, whatever you are worshipping and devoted to, that you will get. The trouble about your spirituality is that you are listening only to that knowledge about Ishwara which is useful to an entity, you are collecting only that knowledge. As a man, an entity, this is a temporary phase of your emotions, or sentiments. No person will be able to conserve his personality or his identity forever. That guiding principle is not a person.

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