Author: Robert Powell
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Robert Powell
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-208-1948-9
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1889-1981), a revered master of the Tantric Nath lineage, is an inspiring example of an ordinary family man who attained complete realization of the Infinite. Living the absolute nonduality of Being in every moment, he taught that true freedom is a possibility open to everyone of us.
Even on the written page, Nisargadatta’s words carry a special potency. They subtly push us beyond the ego to our original, pristine and blissful Self, To the rediscovery of Oneness and authentic liberation in our Source.
These discourses are about Transcendence. The message is clear: Return to what you were before your so-called birth. Be in that eternity, a state of wholeness. It is changeless reality from which all change has sprung. Maharaj’s wisdom is truly partaking of the nectar of the Gods, because it restores us to our original pristine and blissful condition, the rediscovery of our Source.
SAYINGS OF SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ
Even this consciousness is not everything and it is not going to last for all time. Find out how that consciousness has arisen, the source of the consciousness…What is this body? The body is only an accumulation of food and water. Therefore, you are something separate from either the body or the consciousness.
Jivatman is the one who identifies with the body-mind as an individual separate from the world. The atman is only beingness, or the consciousness, which is the world. The Ultimate principle which knows this beingness cannot be named at all. It cannot be approached or conditioned by any words. That is the Ultimate state.
If one obtains and relishes the nectar of the Lord’s feet, the charan-amrita, the mind can be conquered. This means that the mind will no longer hold sway over us, its mastery imposed on us from childhood will no longer oppress us…But how can such a state be attained? Only if one totally accepts the knowledge I am as oneself with full conviction and faith and firmly believes in the dictum I am that by which I Know I am. This knowledge I am is the charanamrita. Why is it called amrita-the nectar? Because…by drinking nectar, one becomes immortal. Thus, a true devotee, by abiding in the knowledge I am transcends the experiences of death and attains immortality.
Prior To Conception, What Was I?
The Emergence of Beingness
Time is the Child of a Barren Woman
Nothing Ever Interferes with the Five-elemental Play
Beyond the Upanishads
The Nectar of the Lord’s Feet
To Realize the Absolute, Even Beingness Has to be Transcended
In the Absence of Body Identity, where is the Mind?
Through the Touch of Beingness, the Entire cosmos Arises
Wherever is Food, Therein Dwells That
Even the Highest Is Useless to the Highest
Whatever is Perceived, You Are Not
You Must Exist Prior To Witnessing for Witnessing to Happen
Subtler than Space is the Sense of I-Am-Ness
Merging of Beingness Within Itself is the Very Fount of Bliss
Try to Understand the Ignorant-child Principle
To Know What One is, One Must Know One’s Beginning
Your Beingness Is the Beginning and End of the Mind
For a Realized One, The Whole Functioning in the World is a Bhajan
Hold on to your sense of being
Return to the State Before Birth