"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

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What you think about is not 'you'!

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

One has to investigate oneself. You have the faith "you are"; on what does it depend? Nobody investigates on these lines. Why this beingness, how am I, why am I, on what does it depend? This aspect is never considered; people consider only the relative factors concerning the body-mind, and the area beyond that they never look into.

What do you mean by "death", a common word, a common parlance? This faith "I am" has disappeared, the confidence that "I am" is gone - that is death.

Whatever you want to think or ponder over, it is something other than the "you" you think of. You ever ponder over something which you are not! Then, how to think about yourself? This you cannot do. Perceiving this clearly, you become thought-free. Whatever you do, you think about something which is not you, even with a noble thought like Ishwara (God), which is still conceptual and therefore apart from yourself. Now, is it possible to think of one's own Self, that is the question?

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