"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, October 12, 2017

Source of Love: The Love for Beingness

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Q: What is love? Does it fulfill a need or pleasure?

M: Yes. When you see something and you like it, this liking is love for that object. When anger and frustration arise, that too is part of love. It is quite good and very bad also. All the experiences of suffering are the result of love. Find out what is the requisite for all this play of love and hate. It is that love for beingness, existence, which gives rise to to all pain and miseries. You have to face it because you love to be. Prior to any love, that love for being is there. It tastes both the qualities of love and misery, pleasure and pain. Take the case of this flame (of the cigarette lighter) it gives the light, the warmth and it can also burn.

Q: Can I be away from it?

M: What are you that wants to be away from it? If you are apart from me I can keep you out of me, but whatever is, is not apart from me. What is the 'you' that has sprouted, that has taken root? That alone is the cause of pleasure and pain.

When you understand this, it is all over - finished. Then you do some clapping, shout and scream out of exuberance; all the show is over. The knowledge I am giving is to dispel all the so-called knowledge you have.

A jnani is subtle like space. What is the space like? You assume there is the sky - what is it like? This knowledge is subtler that the space. The father of the space is the knowledge I AM.

Q: How do you know consciousness?

M: The way you started knowing yourself - exactly the same way. When you know that you are, it will be the same as acquiring yourself - nevertheless, you were all along, were you not? What is the use of concluding logically? You must say right here and now - here he is - in actuality.

Q: Why does Maharaj take such an interest in me then?

M: Who is taking interest in whom? Who is having the doership of that? It is all happening spontaneously.

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