"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 1, 2010

You Are Prior To The Mind

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Q: There is a constant restlessness in the mind, wanting to realize something; that in itself seems to be an obstacle.

M: Are you prior to the mind or after?

Q: Prior to the mind.

M: So don't worry about the mind. Employ your mind to the extent that is useful for your normal daily chores, not beyond that. The knowledgeable one just witnesses or cancels whatever experiences are obtainable through the mind as having no substance. All this world play is in the realm of the mind; once you understand that you are not the mind in what way are you concerned? This is a temporary phase, imperfect, inadequate.

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