|Consciousness and the Absolute|
|"Consciousness and the Absolute"
The Final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Edited by Jean Dunn
|Consciousness and the Absolute,
The Final Talks
were written shortly before Nisargadatta's death in 1981 and translated directly to English with no changes. In a question and answer format the visitors and devotees accompanied this great master during his final teachings. His message uncompromisingly remained the same to the end, to dwell only on our beingness, giving it no attributes, dwelling prior to our thoughts.
|CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE ABSOLUTE: JUL 29, 1980
Q: Why did this consciousness arise?
M: You are both the question and the answer. All your questions come
from your identification with the body. How can any question relation
to that which was prior to the body and consciousness be answered?
There are yogis who have sat in meditation for many, many years
seeking answers to this question, but even they haven't understood
it. And yet you are complaining.
Q: It is a great mystery.
M: It's a mystery only to the ignorant. To the one not identified
with the body, it is no longer a mystery.
Q: Maharaj cannot convey it to us?
M: I keep telling you but you don't listen.
Q: Does Maharaj see us as individuals?
M: There are no individuals; there are only food bodies with the
knowledge `I am'. There is no difference between an ant, a human
being, and Isvara; they are of the same quality. The body of an ant
is small, an elephant's is large. The strength is different, because
of size, but the life-force is the same. For knowledge the body is
Q: How did Maharaj get the name Nisargadatta?
M: At one time I was composing poems. It flow out continuously until
my guru cautioned me, " you are enjoying composing these poems too
much; give them up!"
What was he driving at? His objective was for me to merge in the
Absolute state instead of reveling in my being-ness.
This was the way I realized knowledge, not through mental
manipulation. My guru said: "this is so, and for me, it was finished!
If you continue in the realm of intellect you will become entangle
and lost in more and more concepts.
Consciousness is time flowing continuously. But I, the Absolute, will
not have its company eternally, because consciousness is time bound.
When this being-ness goes, the Absolute will not know `I Am".
Appearance and disappearance, birth and death, these are the
qualities of being-ness; they are not your qualities. You have
urinated and odor is coming from that-are you that odor?
Q: No, I am not.
M: This being-ness is like that urine. Can you be that being-ness?
Q: Absolutely not!
M: You required no more sadhana. For you, the words of the Guru are
"Consciousness and the Absolute"
The Final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Edited by Jean Dunn