"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

Friday, January 1, 2010


Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

If one obtains and relishes the nectar of the Lord's Feet, the charan-amrita, the mind can be conquered. This means that the mind will no longer hold sway over us; its mastery imposed from childhood will no longer oppress us. This is called manojaya - victory over the mind. But this is made possible only with His Grace. Without Grace, we cannot relish the nectar.

However, only a true devotee, a bhakta, a god, can obtain the charan-amrita. But who and what is this devotee? It is nothing else but the consciousness, the sense of being, the knowledge that "we are", which has appeared unknowingly and spontaneously in us. The consciousness is the charan-amrita, the nectar of the Lord's Feet.

The entire cosmos in its vibrant, stirring movement is represented by the consciousness, the Feet of the Lord, and the whole universe is the body of the consciousness. But what is its relationship with all beings? It dwells in the core of all beings as the knowledge "I am", the love "to be", the charan-amrita.

One who drinks the nectar of the Lord's Feet is a true devotee. He abides in the knowledge "I am". He is godly. Thus, when one sips continuously this nectar by witnessing the consciousness or the sense of being, one's mind, which assesses and differentiates persons observed as males and females, gradually removes itself from the focus of attention, leaving the consciousness in its innate glory.

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