"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Me and Mine are Bondage

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
June 11, 1981 Morning

It is only when the identity with the body-mind has been firmly rejected and identity with the consciousness has been thoroughly established that what I say will have any meaning. What you are is the unlimited, which is not susceptible to the senses. By limiting yourself to the body you have closed yourself to the unlimited potential which you really are. In meditation it is consciousness which meditates on itself and remains within itself.

If you accept what I have told you, then you do not take delivery of what is happening spontaneously in the world, and you are not concerned with either the cause of the effect. You then accept your true nature. Whatever actions take place through the body will take place independently of that which you really are.

Bear in mind that when this life force leaves the body, it will not seek permission from anything. It came spontaneously and will leave spontaneously; that is all that happens in that which is called death. There is no one who is born or who will die.

Q: As I understand it, the purpose of life is merely to understand what has been manifested and what is functioning is the universal consciousness. other than understanding, there is nothing to be done. Is this correct?

M: Correct. Everything is spontaneous, automatic, natural, it is only the concept of me and mine that is the bondage. 

When simple people like you are here, I am at peace, not disturbed, but when people come who consider themselves jnanis, who have the pride of knowledge and wish to show off their knowledge, then there is disturbance.

सर्वभूताधिवासं यद्भूतेषु च वसत्यपि।
सर्वानुग्राहकत्वेन तद्स्म्यहं वासुदेवः॥

That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings,
who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless being:
I AM THAT. -- Amritabindu Upanishad