"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, December 28, 2017

Brahman is Truth

Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj

All is Brahman. To have the concept that "I am somebody" is the imagined being. That which is without concept is Brahman. Concept is the individual, the Jiva, and Jiva is the ego, Ignorance. There are two principles of Vedanta. These are Reality or "Brahman", and Illusion or "Maya".Maya means "that which is not". Brahman is "That which is". Maya is falsehood, a hypocrite. That which is not a falsehood is Brahman. Maya is counterfeit, it is trickery. Where is no trickery there is no falsehood. When the word Maya is used, it means hypocrisy and falsehood, a deception. That which is hypocrisy can never be Truth. Maya is false, and Brahman is Truth. It is not hypocrisy. Whatever has an appearance, whatever is perceived, is false. If it has any name, or any form, it is not true, it is not durable. If it has an appearance, it will not last, it is not permanent. 

Only Brahman is True and therefore, it will not honor that which is false. That which is false makes much dance and show, but the Truth which is Brahman, makes objection to it. The false is not respected even a little bit, and therefore it does not endure. It is not permitted to remain long. It is very short-lived. Whatever is a make-believe hypocrisy, however great may be its force or boldness, it cannot be proved true before Brahman. It is not supported or respected by Brahman, so it automatically drops away, and becomes invisible. That which has disappeared was false and because it was false, it has become invisible. It should be called, and is called, Maya. Maya is a derogatory word. It is a contemptuous term. Brahman is True. No pretext can be useful about it. Truth has no replica. We cannot have a fake pretension about that, of which there is no replica. How can truth have a parallel or similar thing? That which can be imitated is not truth. Truth is unqualified, absolute, and without any image. To be proud of any kind of high quality fake image is totally useless. Brahman considers Maya to be despicable. Any falsehood that is proud of itself is to be despised.

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