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know your reality first

Posted by Zannie Rose on May 17, 2015 at 1:00 AM

Bhagavan: “If you know your reality first, you will be able to know the reality of the world. It is a strange thing that most people do not care to know about their own reality, but are very anxious to know about the reality of the world. You realise your own Self first and then see if the world exists independently of you and is able to come and assert before you its reality or existence.”


(From 'Day by Day with Bhagavan', 19-10-45 Morning)


Posted by Zannie Rose on May 15, 2015 at 5:00 AM

What changes has no reality.

Time and space are imagined ways of thinking, modes of perception.

Only timeless reality is, and it is here and now.


~Nisargadatta Maharaj

It is imagination prompted by desire.

Posted by Zannie Rose on May 6, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Questioner: A thousand years ago a man lived and died.

His identity (antahkarana) re-appeared in a new body.

Why does he not remember his previous life?

And if he does, can the memory be brought into the conscious?


Maharaj: How do you know that the same person re-appeared in the new body?

A new body may mean a new person altogether.


Q: Imagine a pot of ghee (Indian clarified butter).

When the pot breaks, the Ghee remains and can be transferred to another pot.

The old pot had its own scent, the new - its own.

The Ghee will carry the scents from pot to pot.

In the same way the personal identity is transferred from body to body.


M: It is all right.

When there is the body, its peculiarities affect the person.

Without the body we have the pure identity in the sense of 'I am'.

But when you are reborn in a new body, where is the world formerly experienced?


Q: Every body experiences its own world.


M: In the present body the old body - is it merely an idea, or is it a memory?


Q: An idea, of course.

How can a brain remember what it has not experienced?


M: You have answered your own question.

Why play with ideas?

Be content with what you are sure of.

And the only thing you can be sure of is 'I am'.

Stay with it, and reject everything else.

This is Yoga.


Q: I can reject only verbally.

At best I remember to repeat the formula: 'This is not me, this is not mine.

I am beyond all this'.


M: Good enough.

First verbally, then mentally and emotionally, then in action.

Give attention to the reality within you and it will come to light.

It is like churning the cream for butter.

Do it correctly and assiduously and the result is sure to come.


Q: How can the absolute be the result of a process?


M: You are right, the relative cannot result in the absolute.

But the relative can block the absolute, just as the non-churning of the cream may prevent the butter from separating.

It is the real that creates the urge; the inner prompts the outer and the outer responds in interest and effort.

But ultimately there is no inner, nor outer; the light of consciousness is both the creator and the creature, the experiencer and the experience, the body and the embodied.

Take care of the power that projects all this and your problems will come to an end.


Q: Which is the projecting power?


M: It is imagination prompted by desire.


Q: I know all this, but have no power over it.


M: This is another illusion of yours, born from craving for results.


Q: What is wrong with purposeful action?


M: It does not apply.

In these matters there is no question of purpose, nor of action.

All you need is to listen, remember, ponder.

It is like taking food.

All you can do is to bite off, chew and swallow.

All else is unconscious and automatic.

Listen, remember and understand - the mind is both the actor and the stage.

All is of the mind and you are not the mind.

The mind is born and reborn, not you.

The mind creates the world and all the wonderful variety of it.

Just like in a good play you have all sorts of characters and situations, so you need a little of everything to make a world.


Q: Nobody suffers in a play.


M: Unless one identifies himself with it.

Don't identify yourself with the world and you will not suffer.


Q: Others will.


M: Then make your world perfect, by all means.

If you believe in God, work with Him.

It you do not, become one.

Either see the world as a play or work at it with all your might.

Or both.


~ From Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj's 'I AM THAT', (ch.36)

in a state which is complete

Posted by Zannie Rose on May 5, 2015 at 1:10 PM

An event becomes an experience only when I am emotionally interested.

I am in a state which is complete, which seeks not to improve on itself.

Of what use is experience to me?


~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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All existence is imaginary.

Posted by Zannie Rose on May 4, 2015 at 1:05 PM

The whole of it is imagination.

Even space and time are imagined.

All existence is imaginary.


~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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you need no change

Posted by Zannie Rose on May 3, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Nothing you do will change you, for you need no change.

You may change your mind or your body, but it is always something external to you that has changed, not yourself.

Why bother at all to change?

Realize once for all that neither your body nor your mind, nor even your consciousness is yourself and stand alone in your true nature beyond consciousness and unconsciousness.

No effort can take you there, only the clarity of understanding.

Don't try to reform yourself, just see the futility of all change.

The changeful keeps on changing while the changeless is waiting. Do not expect the changeful to take you to the changeless - it can never happen. Only when the very idea of changing is seen as false and abandoned, the changeless can come into its own.

Most people's activities are valueless, if not outright destructive.

Dominated by desire and fear, they can do nothing good.

Ceasing to do evil precedes beginning to do good.

Hence the need for stopping all activities for a time, to investigate one's urges and their motives, see all that is false in one's life, purge the mind of all evil and then only restart work, beginning with one's obvious duties.



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to go deeper meditation is essential

Posted by Zannie Rose on April 25, 2015 at 2:05 AM


No external activity can reach the inner self;

worship and prayers remain on the surface only;

to go deeper meditation is essential, the striving to go beyond the states of sleep, dream and waking.





In the mirror of your mind

Posted by Zannie Rose on April 24, 2015 at 2:00 AM

In the mirror of your mind all kinds of pictures appear and disappear. Knowing that they are entirely your own creations, watch them silently come and go.

Be alert, but not perturbed.

This attitude of silent observation is the very foundation of yoga. You see the picture, but you are not the picture.






Behave as if you were pure awareness,

Posted by Zannie Rose on April 23, 2015 at 2:00 AM

The body and mind are only symptoms

of ignorance, of misapprehension.

Behave as if you were pure awareness,

bodiless and mindless,

spaceless and timeless,

beyond 'where', 'when' and 'how'.

Dwell on it, think of it, learn to accept its reality.


~ Nisargadatta Mahara



dissolve into thin mist

Posted by Zannie Rose on April 22, 2015 at 2:00 AM

The world appears to you so overwhelmingly real because you think of it all the time.

Cease thinking of it and it will dissolve into thin mist