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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
(1897-1981) indischer hinduistischer Weiser,
erleuchteter Heiliger der hinduistischen Advaita Vedanta-Tradition

 

Nisargadatta Maharaj, 1973


 

Biographische Daten von Nisargadatta Maharaj

Nisargadatta Maharaj wurde schätzungsweise im März 1897 in Mumbai (Bombay) geboren. Es sind nur wenige Daten aus seiner Jugend bekannt. Sein Geburtsname war Maruti Kampli. Sein Vater war ein armer Mann, der einige Zeit als Hausangestellter in Bombay arbeitete und später als Bauer im Dorf Kandalgaon in Ratnagiri im Distrikt Mahrashtra. Maruti genoss kaum Schulbildung. Als Kind half er seinem Vater bei der landwirtschaftlichen Arbeit. Als Maruti achtzehn Jahre alt war, starb sein Vater und hinterließ eine 7-köpfige Familie.

 

Es wird berichtet, dass er schon früh den religiösen Ausführungen eines frommer Brahmane namens Vishnu Haribhau Gore lauschte, der ein Freund seines Vater war. Nach dem Tode seines Vaters ging Nisargadatta nach Bombay, um dort kurzzeitig als schlecht bezahlter Bürobote und später als selbständiger Kleinhändler für Kinderkleider und Tabakwaren zu arbeiten, womit er sich einen gewissen finanziellen Rückhalt sicherte. Nisargadatta war Raucher und verkaufte Beedies, beliebte indische Zigaretten, die in Tendu-Blättern (statt in Papier) eingerollt sind. 1924 heiratete er und bekam einen Sohn und drei Töchter.

 

Als er 34 Jahre alt war, nahm ihn sein Freund Yashwantrao Baagkar eines Abends mit zu seinem Guru Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj. Dieser gab ihm ein Mantra und Anweisungen zur Meditation. Drei Jahre später hatte Maruti Visionen und verfiel in eine Art Trance. Etwas explodiert in ihm und er gebar das kosmische Bewusstsein und ging im ewigen Leben auf, wobei er seine persönliche Identität verlor. Er nahm den neuen Namen Nisargadatta an und betrieb weiterhin seinen Laden, doch sein Interesse an Profit erlosch. Später gab er sein Geschäft auf und lebte eine Zeit lang als Bettelmönch (Saddhu), der barfuß durch das Himalaya-Gebirge wanderte. Den Rest seines Lebens verbrachte er lehrend in Mumbai als der Nachfolger seines Gurus Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj und Oberhaupt der Inchegari-Zweigs von Navanath Sampradaya.

 

Nach Angaben des Lexikons der östlichen Weisheitslehren' (Scherz-Verlag, 1986) hat Nisargadatta, der selbstverwirklichte Weise, keine Schule gegründet oder Philosophie gelehrt, sondern nur über das gesprochen, was er selbst erkannt und erfahren hatte, sein eigenes, wirkliches Selbst. Seine Anweisungen und Antworten auf Fragen zielen auf Selbsterforschung im Sinne von Ramana Maharshi. Er war ein bedeutender Advaita-Lehrer, der in seinem Dachgeschoss in den Slums in Mumbai brilliante, aphoristische ad hoc Vorträge hielt und ein minimalistisches strenges Jnana-Yoga lehrte.

 

Maurice Frydman hat sie in den letzten zehn Lebensjahren von Nisargadatta zusammengetragen und ins Englische übersetzt. Dadurch wurde Nisargadattas Lehre im Westen bekannt.

 

1976 fand sich unter den Zuhörern von Nisargadatta auch ein Mann namens Ramesh Balsekar ein. Und als der Krebs im Endstadium Nisargadatta immer mehr am Sprechen hinderte, forderte er Ramesh auf, die Fragen der anwesenden Besucher anstelle seiner zu beantworten. Nisargadatta starb mit 84 Jahren im September 1981 in Bombay.

 

Quelle der biographischen Daten: Teilweise entnommen aus Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj,
Ich bin, Gespräche mit Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Teil 1, J. Kamphausen Verlag, 4. Auflage 1998

Kurzfassung der neun Kernsätze von Nisargadatta Maharajs Lehre

  1. Es gibt nur diese eine Substanz.
  2. Was du über dich selbst weißt, kam von außerhalb von dir, deswegen löse dich davon.
  3. Hinterfrage alles, glaube nichts.
  4. Um herauszufinden, wer du bist, musst du erst herausfinden, wer du nicht bist.
  5. Um etwas gehen zu lassen, musst du erst wissen, was es ist.
  6. Derjenige, der erfährt, ist ein Teil der Erfahrung.
  7. Alles, was du denkst zu sein – das bist du nicht.
  8. Halte dich an das ICH BIN, lasse alles Andere gehen.
  9. Alles, was du über dich weißt, kann nicht sein (frei übersetzt: ist nicht wahr).

 

Quelle: ► Stephen H. Wolinsky, Ph.D., US-amerikanischer Lehrer für Selbsterforschung und Kaschmirischer Shivaismus, Begründer
der Quantenpsychologie Das Tao des Chaos.; Quantenbewußtsein und das Enneagramm, Alf Lüchow Verlag, April 1996
Referenz:Zusammenfassung von Nisargatta Maharajs Lehre, präsentiert von Zentrum-fuer-Psychosynthese.de

Zitate zum Thema Nisargadatta Maharaj

Zitate allgemein von Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  • Nach der Selbst-Verwirklichung sind alle Verhaltensweisen oder Handlungen, die durch den Körper eines Weisen zum Ausdruck kommen, spontan und frei von allen Bedingtheiten. Sie lassen sich nicht durch irgendeine Disziplin binden. Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Die Wahrheit verschafft dir nicht irgendeinen Vorteil. Sie gewährt dir nicht einen höheren Status oder Macht über andere. Das einzige, was du bekommst ist Wahrheit und die Freiheit vor der Fehleinschätzung und dem Irrtum. Quelle unbekannt

 

Die Erkenntnis lehrt mich, dass ich nichts bin.
Die Liebe lehrt mich, dass ich alles bin. Dazwischen fließt mein Leben.'''
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Ich bin. Gespräche mit Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Teil 1, J. Kamphausen Verlag, 4. Auflage 1998, 6. Auflage 2004

 

 

  • Sie sind nur für das verantwortlich, was Sie verändern können, und das Einzige, das Sie verändern können, ist Ihre Einstellung. Da liegt Ihre Verantwortung.

 

  • Sie kennen Ihren Willen erst, nachdem Sie gehandelt haben.

 

  • Der Haken ist in Ihrem Verstand, der darauf besteht, dort Dualität zu sehen, wo keine ist.

 

  • Gibt es im gesamten Universum eine einzige Sache von Wert? Ja, die Macht der Liebe. [...] Sie sind die Liebe selbst, wenn Sie keine Angst haben.

 

  • Sie können die Vollkommenheit nicht erkennen, Sie können nur die Unvollkommenheit erkennen. S. 157

 

  • Mit der Selbstverwirklichung werden Sie erkennen, dass Sie nie geboren wurden und nie irgendwelche Handlungen innerhalb der Dualität ausgeführt haben!

 

  • Ich bin weder geboren, noch werde ich sterben.

 

  • Gib' alle Fragen auf, außer der einen: Wer bin ich?

 

  • Der Guru ist Ihr eigenes Selbst.
  • Das eigene Selbst ist dein Höchster Lehrer (Sadguru). Der äußere Lehrer (Guru) ist lediglich ein Meilenstein. Nur dein innerer Lehrer wird dich zum Ziel führen, denn Er ist das Ziel. Ich Bin

 

  • Die Liebe sagt mir, dass ich Alles bin. Die Weisheit sagt mir, dass ich Nichts bin. Und dazwischen strömt mein Leben!

 

  • Alles Glück entspringt aus dem, was man dem SELBST zuliebe tut. […] Tun Sie nichts, was der segensreichen Realität in Ihrem Herzen unwürdig ist, und Sie werden glücklich sein und glücklich bleiben. Aber Sie müssen das SELBST suchen, und wenn Sie es gefunden haben, bei ihm bleiben. Ich bin. Teil 3, S. 241, J. Kamphausen Verlag, 1. Auflage 9. Juli 2003

 

Die ultimative Medizin, Noumenon, 17. September 2009, 2. überarbeitete Auflage 9. August 2013

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Bestätigt von den deutschen Hirnforschern Gerhard Roth und Wolf Singer

  • Alle Wege führen zur Unwirklichkeit. Wege sind Kreationen innerhalb des Wirkungsbereichs des Verstandes. Wege und Bewegung können sie deshalb nicht zur Wirklichkeit führen, weil ihre Funktion darin besteht, Sie in die Dimensionen des Wissens zu verstricken. Während die Wirklichkeit im "davor" vorherrscht.

 

Prior To Consciousness

  • Frage: Wie wächst man in die universale Liebe hinein?
    Antwort: Begreife das Falsche als falsch, das ist alles, was du tun kannst; du kannst das eine nicht in das andere umkehren. Jean Dunn, Prior to Consciousness, S. 1, Acorn Press, 2nd edition May 1990

Quotes by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Personal avowals

  • To me nothing ever happens. There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness-bliss. I am never out of it. Nothing can take me out of it, no torture, no calamity. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the advaita vedānta tradition

 

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Maharaj's reply on several indignant protests over his incessant smoking of biddies (hand-made Indian cigarettes) that an enlightened man continued to smoke

  • Even after enlightenment the body is allowed to continue a few of its habits and to me it is not a big deal. Wake up, look through apparent appearances, examine your own righteousness and judgment, and separate the wheat from the chaff. If you can’t see beyond surface appearance and get caught up in your superficial judgments, then you have no business being here with me. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the advaita vedānta tradition

 

Recommendations

  • Your real being is love itself and your many loves are its reflections according to the situation at the moment. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Past and future are in the mind only – I am now. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom.
    When I see I am everything, that is love.
    And between these two, my life flows. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Be convinced that you are separate from the senses and that their experience is not your experience. Pure Consciousness has never had an experience. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • The expected rarely happens; the unexpected is bound to happen. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • You are always seeking pleasure, avoiding pain, always after happiness and peace. Don’t you see that it is your very search for happiness that makes you feel miserable? Try the other way: indifferent to pain and pleasure, neither asking nor refusing, give all your attention to the level on which 'I am' is timelessly present. Soon you will realize that peace and happiness are your very nature and it is only seeking them through some particular channels that disturb. Avoid the disturbance that is all. To seek there is no need; you would not seek what you already have. You yourself are God, the Supreme Reality. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Look at your mind dispassionately; this is enough to calm it. When it is quiet, you can go beyond it. Do not keep it busy all the time. Stop it – and just be. If you give it a rest, it will settle down and recover its purity and strength. Constant thinking makes it decay. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • The unchangeable can only be realized in silence. Once realised, it will deeply affect the changeable, itself remaining unaffected. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • This attitude of silent observation is the very foundation of yoga. You see the picture, but you are not the picture. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • You are not in the body, the body is in you! The mind is in you. They happen to you. They are there because you find them interesting. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

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World

  • In mundane, worldly matters you have recourse to spirituality to understand how unreal this is. Once you understand the object of spirituality, you also understand that spirituality is unreal, and in the process you dismiss all this world. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • If you do not struggle hard to apply every word of it in your daily life, don't complain that you have made no progress. All real progress is irreversible. Ups and downs merely show that a teaching has not been taken to heart and translated into action fully. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

 

  • That which has a beginning and end but no middle is not real. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • That which has a beginning and an end but no middle is not real. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • The Real does not die, the unreal never lived. Once you know death happens to the body and not to you, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment. The real you is beyond birth and death. The body will survive as long as it is needed. It is not important that it should live long. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Anyone who thinks he knows what's good for another is dangerous. %quelle Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

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Nothing is one's property.

  • Spiritual maturity is being ready to let go everything. Giving up is a first step, but real giving-up is the insight that there's nothing to be given up, since nothing is your property. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • The true Guru will never humiliate you, nor will he estrange you from yourself. He will constantly bring you back to the fact of your inherent perfection and encourage you to seek within. He knows you need nothing, not even him, and is never tired of reminding you. But the self-appointed Guru is more concerned with himself than with his disciples. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Your own self is your ultimate teacher. The outer teacher is merely a milestone. It is only your inner teacher that will walk with you to the goal, for he is the goal. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Truth can be experienced, but it is not mere experience. I know it and I can convey it, but only if you are open to it. To be open means to want nothing else. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own. Just stop running away by running after. Stand still, be quiet. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Pleasure puts you to sleep and pain wakes you up. If you do not want to suffer don't go to sleep. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • In marriage you are neither the husband nor the wife; you are the love between the two. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Noble friendship is the supreme remedy for all ills, physical and mental. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • It's better to know what NOT to do than to know what to do. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • What we seek is what we already are. Enlightenment needs no effort, in fact any effort is only a hindrance to it. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • To be a living being is not the ultimate state; there is something beyond, much more wonderful, which is neither being nor non-being, neither living nor not-living. It is a state of pure awareness, beyond the limitations of space and time. Once the illusion that the body-mind is oneself is abandoned, death loses its terror, it becomes a part of living. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

  • Most of our karma is collective. We suffer for the sins of others, as others suffer for ours. Humanity is one. Ignorance of this fact does not change it. We would have been much happier people ourselves, but for our indifference to the suffering of others we cause our own suffering. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) Indian Hindu sage of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, source unknown

 

I am That [PDF]

  • Why push the Truth down unwilling throats? It cannot be done, anyhow.  Without a receiver what can the giver do? Givers there are many; where are the takers? Sharing is a two-way street. Two are needed in sharing. Who is willing to take what I am willing to give? What can I do beyond showing you the way to improve your vision? Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, S. ?, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

  • The very facts of repetition, of struggling on and on and on and of endurance and perseverance, in spite of boredom and despair and complete lack of conviction are really crucial. They are not important in themselves, but the sincerity behind them is all-important. There must be a push from within and pull from without. Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, S. ?, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

  • Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelt, felt or thought, expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear. Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, S. ?, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

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Helping others

 

  • NM: Even to say that you are not the body is not quite true. In a way you are all the bodies, hearts and minds and much more. Go deep into the sense of ‘I am’ and you will find. How do you find a thing you have mislaid or forgotten? You keep it in your mind until you recall it. The sense of being, of 'I am' is the first to emerge. Ask yourself whence it comes, or just watch it quietly. When the mind stays in the 'I am' without moving, you enter a state which cannot be verbalized but can be experienced. All you need to do is try and try again. After all the sense ‘I am’ is always with you, only you have attached all kinds of things to it – body, feelings, thoughts, ideas, possessions etc. All these self-identifications are misleading. Because of them you take yourself to be what you are not. […] Memory creates the illusion of continuity. In reality each experience has its own experiencer and the sense of identity is due to the common factor at the root of all experiencer-experience relations. Identity and continuity are not the same. Just as each flower has its own color, but all colors are caused by the same light, so do many experiences appear in the undivided and indivisible awareness, each separate in memory, identical in essence. This essence is the root, the foundation, the timeless and spaceless 'possibility' of all experience.
    * Question: How do I get at it?
    You need not get at it, for you are it. It will get at you, if you give it a chance. Let go your attachment to the unreal and the real will swiftly and smoothly step into its own. Stop imagining yourself being or doing this or that and the realization that you are the source and heart of all will dawn upon you. With this will come great love which is not choice or predilection, nor attachment, but a power which makes all things love-worthy and lovable.
    Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, chapter 1 ending, S. 9-10, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

  • Questioner: I am asking you a question and you are answering. Are you conscious of the question and the answer?
    Maharaj: in reality I am neither hearing nor answering. In the world of events the question happens and the answer happens. Nothing happens to me. Everything just happens.
    Question: And you are the witness?
    Maharaj: What does witness mean? Mere knowledge. It rained and now the rain is over. I did not get wet. I know it rained, but I am not affected. I just witnessed the rain. Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, S. 35, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

 

  • Question: Are you living in the Supreme Unknown?
    NM: Where else?
    Question: What makes you say so?
    NM: No desire ever arises in my mind.
    Question: Are you then unconscious?
    NM: Of course not! I am fully conscious, but since no desire or fear enters my mind, there is perfect silence.
    Question: Who knows the silence?
    NM: Silence knows itself. It is the silence of the silent mind, when passions and desires are silenced.
    Question: Do you experience desires occasionally?
    NM: Desires are just waves in the mind. You know a wave when you see one. A desire is just a thing among many. I feel no urge to satisfy it, no action needs be taken on it.
    Freedom from desire means this: the compulsion to satisfy is absent.
    Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, S. 67, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

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Enlightened beings beyond world and time are beyond longevity.

  • A venerable Yogi, a master in the art of longevity, himself over 1000 years old, comes to teach me his art.
    I fully respect and sincerely admire his achievements, yet all I can tell him is: of what use is longevity to me?
    I am beyond time.
    However long a life may be, it is but a moment and a dream.
    In the same way I am beyond all attributes.
    They appear and disappear in my light, but cannot describe me.
    The universe is all names and forms, based on qualities and their differences, while I am beyond.
    The world is there because I am, but I am not the world.

 

  • NM: You are all drenched for it is raining hard. In my world it is always fine Weather. There is no night or day, no heat or cold. No worries beset me there, nor regrets. My mind is free of thoughts, for there are no desires to slave for.
    Question: Are there two worlds?
    NM: Your world is transient, changeful. My world is perfect, changeless. You can tell me what you like about your world – I shall listen carefully, even with interest, yet not for a moment shall I forget that your world is not, that you are dreaming.
    Question: What distinguishes your world from mine?
    NM: My world has no characteristics by which it can be identified. You can say nothing about it. I am my world. My world is myself. It is complete and perfect. Every impression is erased, every experience – rejected. I need nothing, not even myself, for myself I cannot lose.
    Question: Not even God?
    NM: All these ideas and distinctions exist in your world; in mine there is nothing of the kind. My world is single and very simple.
    Question: Nothing happens there?
    NM: Whatever happens in your world, only there it has validity and evokes response. In my world nothing happens.
    Question: The very fact of your experiencing your own world implies duality inherent in all experience.
    NM: Verbally – yes. But your words do not reach me. Mine is a non-verbal world. In your world the unspoken has no existence. In mine – the words and their contents have no being. In your world nothing stays, in mine – nothing changes. My world is real, while yours is made of dreams.
    Question: Yet we are talking.
    NM: The talk is in your world. In mine – there is eternal silence. My silence sings, my emptiness is full, I lack nothing. You cannot know my world until you are there.
    Question: It seems as if you alone are in your world.
    NM: How can you say alone or not alone, when words do not apply? Of course, I am alone for I am all.
    Question: Are you ever coming into our world?
    NM: What is coming and going to me? These again are words. I am. Whence am I to come from and where to go?
    Question: Of what use is your world to me?
    NM: You should consider more closely your own world, examine it critically and, suddenly, one day you will find yourself in mine.
    Question: What do we gain by it?
    NM: You gain nothing. You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost – your own being.
    Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, chapter 23, S. ?, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

  • Questioner: I have definite spiritual ambitions. Must I not work for their fulfillment?
    No ambition is spiritual. All ambitions are for the sake of the ‘I Am’. If you want to make real progress you must give up all idea of personal attainment. In the lust for an everlasting personal bliss the mind is a cheat. The more pious it seems, the worse the betrayal. Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, chapter 63, S. ?, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

  • My Guru ordered me to attend to the sense 'I am' and to give attention to nothing else. I just obeyed. I did not follow any particular course of breathing, or meditation, or study of scriptures. Whatever happened, I would turn away my attention from it and remain with the sense 'I am'. It may look too simple, even crude. My only reason for doing it was that my Guru told me so. Yet it worked! Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, chapter 75, S. 375, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

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Violence of the inner guru

 

  • Question: If the real is beyond words and mind, why do we talk so much about it?
    NM: For the joy of it, of course. The real is bliss supreme. Even to talk of it is happiness.
    Question: I hear you talking of the unshakable and blissful. What is in your mind when you use these words?
    NM: There is nothing in my mind. As you hear the words, so do I hear them. The power that makes everything happens makes them also happen.
    Question: But you are speaking, not me.
    NM: That is how it appears to you. As I see it, two body-minds exchange symbolic noises. In reality nothing happens. Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, S. 419, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

 

  • Questioner: I understand one must give up one's family and possessions to become a disciple.
    Maharaj: It varies with the Guru. Some expect their mature disciples to become ascetics and recluses; some encourage family life and duties. Most of them consider a model family life more difficult than renunciation, suitable for a personality more mature and better balanced. At the early stages the discipline of monastic life may be advisable. Therefore, in the Hindu culture students up to the age of 25 are expected to live like monks – in poverty, chastity and obedience – to give them a chance to build a character able to meet the hardships and temptations of married life. Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That. Talks with Sri Nisargadatta, S. 461, Acorn Press, 1973, June 1990

 

 


 

Prior To Consciousness

  • Sitting in meditation helps the consciousness to blossom. It causes deeper understanding and spontaneous change in behavior. These changes are brought about in the consciousness itself, not in the pseudo-personality. Forced changes are at the level of the mind. Mental and intellectual changes are totally unnatural and different from the ones that take place in the birth principle. These take place naturally, automatically, by themselves, due to meditation. Nisargadatta Maharaj, Jean Dunn, Prior to Consciousness, S. 86, Acorn Press, 2nd edition May 1990

 

  • Most of the people see the tree of knowledge and admire it, but what is to be understood is its source – the seed, the latent force from which it sprouts. Many people talk about it but only intellectually; I talk about it from direct knowledge. Nisargadatta Maharaj, Jean Dunn, Prior to Consciousness, S. 86, Acorn Press, 2nd edition May 1990

 

 


 

Dialogues

  • Nisargadatta: To go beyond the mind, you must have your mind in perfect order. You cannot leave a mess behind and go beyond. He who seeks Liberation must examine his mind by his own efforts, and once the mind is purified by such introspection Liberation is obtained and appears obvious and natural.
    Question: "Then why are sadhanas prescribed?"
    Nisargadatta: Freedom to do what one likes is really bondage, while being free to do what one must, what is right, is real freedom.
    Question: How can the absolute be the result of a process?
    Nisargadatta: 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 butter from separating. It is the real that creates the urge; the inner prompts the outer and the outer responds in interest and effort. - You seem to want instant insight, forgetting that the instant is always preceded by a long preparation. The fruit falls suddenly, but the ripening takes time.
    The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false. To destroy the false, you must question your most inveterate beliefs. Nisargadatta Maharaj, Robert Powell, editor, The Ultimate Medicine: Dialogues with a Realized Master, S. ?, North Atlantic Books, 1st edition 28. September 2006

 

  • How to find the right Guru?
    Questioner: How will I find a Guru whom I can trust?
    Maharaj: Your own heart will tell you.
    Questioner: Must I not examine the teacher before I put myself entirely into his hands?
    Maharaj: By all means examine! But what can you find out? Only as he appears to you on your own level.
    Questioner: I shall watch whether he is consistent, whether there is harmony between his life and his teaching.
    Maharaj: You may find plenty of disharmony – so what? It proves nothing. Only motives matter. How will you know his motives?
    Questioner: I should at least expect him to be a man of self-control who lives a righteous life.
    Maharaj: Such you will find many – and of no use to you. A Guru can show the way back home, to your real self. What has this to do with the character, or temperament of the person he appears to be? Does he not clearly tell you that he is not the person? The only way you can judge is by the change in yourself when you are in his company. If you feel more at peace and happy, if you understand yourself with more than usual clarity and depth, it means you have met the right man (or woman). Nisargadatta Maharaj, Robert Powell, editor, The Ultimate Medicine: Dialogues with a Realized Master, S. ?, North Atlantic Books, 1st edition 28. September 2006

 

The Sense of "I am" (Consciousness)

  • When I met my Guru, he told me: You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what you are. Watch the sense 'I am', find your real Self. I obeyed him, because I trusted him. I did as he told me. All my spare time I would spend looking at myself in silence. And what a difference it made, and how soon!

    My teacher told me to hold on to the sense 'I am' tenaciously and not to swerve from it even for a moment. I did my best to follow his advice and in a comparatively short time I realized within myself the truth of his teaching. All I did was to remember his teaching, his face, his words constantly. This brought an end to the mind; in the stillness of the mind I saw myself as I am – unbound.

    I simply followed (my teacher's) instruction which was to focus the mind on pure being 'I am', and stay in it. I used to sit for hours together, with nothing but the 'I am' in my mind and soon peace and joy and a deep all-embracing love became my normal state. In it all disappeared – myself, my Guru, the life I lived, the world around me. Only peace remained and unfathomable silence. Nisargadatta Maharaj, The Sense of "I am" (Consciousness), short text

 

  • The Absolute cannot be understood. Understanding goes only up to the ‘I am’ sense. You are not whatever you understand, in non-understanding you understand yourself. Nisargadatta Maharaj, source unknown

Zitate von anderen Quellen

  • Alles, was du weißt, weißt du nur vom Hörensagen. Alles, was du über dich selbst weißt, kam von außen. Lass es los. Stephen H. Wolinsky, Ph.D., US-amerikanischer Lehrer für Selbsterforschung und Kaschmirischer Shivaismus, Ich bin dieses Eine. Begegnungen mit Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, VAK-Verlag, 2002

 

  • Der Beobachter, die Beobachtung und die beobachtete Welt erscheinen gemeinsam und lösen sich gemeinsam auf. Hinter all dem steht die Leere. Die Leere ist alles, was ist. Stephen H. Wolinsky, Ph.D., US-amerikanischer Lehrer für Selbsterforschung und Kaschmirischer Shivaismus, Ich bin dieses Eine. Begegnungen mit Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, VAK-Verlag, 2002

Quotes by various other sources

  • Question: Is there an observable difference between the saint and the sage?
    Answer: Yes, that may be so. The way of spiritual purification and perfection will lead to a personality that is seen as more "saintly" or pure. In contrast, the enlightened sage has no interest in either the body or the personality and may therefore seem to the ordinary person to be more gruff or even unkempt.
    Nisargadatta Maharaj (consciousness level over 700), for example, smoked endlessly Indian cigarettes, pounded on the table when he got excited, and exhibited his ordinary personality. A Zen master can be very abrupt and brisk; however, the love is the same in all but is merely expressed differently. Dr. David R. Hawkins (1927-2012), The Eye of the I, S. 353, revised edition 2002

 

  • The core of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's teaching is the knowledge of one's own true identity. This knowledge is indeed the pivotal point around which moves everything. Ramesh Balsekar (1917-2009) controversial Indian Advaita teacher, disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, source unknown

 

Links zum Thema Nisargadatta Maharaj

Literatur

Leseprobe von Zurück zur Gegenwart, Fragen und Antworten mit Nisargadatta Maharaj, Rainbow-Spirit-Festival.de Magazin


  • Ramesh Balsekar (1917-2009) controversial Indian Advaita teacher, disciple and translator of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Pointers. Wegweisende Gespräche mit Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, J.Kamphausen Verlag, Juli 1999

Literature (engl.)


Externe Weblinks

External web links (engl.)


Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

 

Interne Links

Hawkins

 

 

 

Anhand der Skala des Bewusstseins (Gradeinteilung von 1-1000), erarbeitet von Dr. David R. Hawkins, hat Nisargadatta Maharaj einen Bewusstseinswert von 720. Innerhalb von Hawkins' System rangiert der Lehrer Nisargadatta Maharaj als erleuchteter Weiser im Bereich der nichtdualen Schöpfungsebene.
Quelle: Transcending the Levels of Consciousness. The Stairway to Enlightenment, S. 293, 2006
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