"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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Intuitive Apprehension Needed

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
June 6, 1981

The material of which the body is constituted is getting weary and weak, and along with it, this knowledge is also getting weak. The sense of presence is still with me because that material of which the body is made still has a little strength. When that little strength goes away, then the consciousness will also disappear, then there will be no sense of presence - but I shall very much be, without the sense of presence.

Each of you is trying to protect yourself. What is it that you are truing protect? However much you may protect, how long will it last? Go to the root and find out what it is that you are trying protect and preserve, and how long will it remain?

The only spiritual way of understanding you true nature is to find out the source of this concept I AM. Before the sense of presence arrived I was in that state in which the concept of time was never there. So, what is born? It is the concept of time and that event which is birth, living and death together constitute nothing but time, duration.

Once you understand this, everything will be clear; until you understand it, nothing will be clear. Is this not simple and easy?

Q: Words are simple, but apprehending what those words mean will be difficult.

M: What is it in the absence of which you would not be able to understand even the words? Go to the root of that source.

In apprehending what I have told you this morning, the intellect is totally impotent. There must be an intuitive apprehension of it.

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