"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, October 14, 2015

Purity of Mind Hastens Liberation

Sri Annamalai Swami

Q: Some people realize the Self just by hearing the Guru's words. How is this possible?

AS: Disciples who are spiritually very advanced can realize the Self as soon as they hear the truth from an enlightened Guru, because the words of such a being have great power. If you are in this advanced state, they will reach your inner core and reveal to you the peace that is your real nature. When the Guru tells you that you are the Self, there is a power and an authority in those words that can make them become your own reality. If you are pure and ready, no practice will be required. One word from a jnani and his state will become yours too.

Nisargadatta: Your disbelief does not matter. My words are true and they will do their work. This is the beauty of noble company [satsang].

Question: Some disciples are ready, mature, and some are not. Must not the Guru exercise choice and make decisions?

Nisargadatta: The Guru knows the Ultimate and relentlessly propels the disciple towards It. The disciple is full of obstacles, which he himself must overcome. The Guru is not very much concerned with the superficialities of the disciple's life. It is like gravitation The fruit must fall – when no longer held back.


Question: Which obstacles?

Nisargadatta: Desire for the false and fear of the true. You, as the person, imagine that the Guru is interested in you as a person. Not at all. To him you are a nuisance and a hindrance to be done away with. He actually aims at your elimination as a factor in consciousness.

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