"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, October 20, 2017

From Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

As a fish swims between the banks of a river as it likes, so does the Self move between the states of dreaming and waking. As a person in the arms of his beloved is not aware of what is without and what is within, so a person in union with the Self is not aware of what is within and what is without.

In that unitive state there is neither father, nor mother, neither worlds nor gods nor even scriptures. In that state there is neither slayer nor thief, neither monk nor ascetic. The Self is beyond good and evil, beyond all suffering of the human heart. In that state one sees without seeing, smells without smelling, tastes without tasting, hears without hearing, thinks without thinking, for there is nothing separate from him.

Where there is separateness, one sees another, smells another, tastes another. But where there is unity, one without a second, that is the world of Brahman. This is the Supreme Goal, the Supreme Treasure, the Supreme Joy.

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