|I AM THAT|
OBSESSION WITH THE BODY
Question: Still, you are different. Your mind seems to be always quiet and
happy. And miracles happen around you.
Answer: I know nothing about miracles, and I wonder whether nature admits
exceptions to her laws, unless we agree that everything is a
miracle. As to my mind, there is no such thing. There is a
consciousness in which everything happens. It is quite obvious and
enough. Look well, and see what I see.
Q: What do you see?
A: I see what you too could see, here and now, but for the wrong
focus of your attention. You give no attention to your self. Your
mind is all with things, people, and ideas, never with your self.
Bring your self into focus, become aware of your own existence. See
how you function, watch the motives and the results of your actions.
Study the prison you have built around yourself, by inadvertence. By
knowing what you are not, you come to know yourself. The way back to
your self is through refusal and rejection. One thing is certain:
The real is not imaginary, it is not a product of the mind. Even the
sense of `I am' is not continuous, though it is a useful pointer; it
shows where to seek, but not what to seek. Just have a good look at
it. Once you have convinced that you cannot say truthfully about
your self anything except `I am', and that nothing that can be
pointed at can be your self, the need for the `I am' is over - you
are no longer intent on verbalizing what you are. All you need is to
get rid of the tendency to define your self. All definition applies
to your body only and to its expressions.
Once this obsession with the body goes, you will revert to your
natural state, spontaneously and effortlessly. The only difference
between us is that I am aware of my natural state, while you are
bemused. Just like gold made into ornamentals has no advantage over
gold duct, except when the mind makes it so, so are we one in being
we differ only in appearance. We discover it by being earnest, by
searching, enquiry, questioning daily and hourly, by giving one's
life to this discover.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
"I am That"
Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj,
Published by Acorn Press