Nisargadatta Maharaj (April 17, 1897 – September 8, 1981), born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli, was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism). According to Nisargadatta, the purpose of spirituality is to know who you are.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Words of Wisdom
When the mind is kept away from its preoccupation, it becomes quiet.
Time is in the mind, space is in the mind. The law of cause and effect is also a way of thinking. In reality all is here and now and all is one. Multiplicity and diversity are in the mind only.
The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape.
A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part.
The mind covers up reality, without knowing it. To know the nature of the mind, you need intelligence, the capacity to look at the mind in silent and dispassionate awareness.
Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. And between the two my life flows.
Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light.
You will receive everything you need when you stop asking for what you do not need.
There is nothing to practise. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.
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.
The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.
The unchangeable can only be realised in silence. Once realised, it will deeply affect the changeable, itself remaining unaffected.
Pleasure puts you to sleep and pain wakes you up. If you don’t want to suffer, don’t go to sleep.
This attitude of silent observation is the very foundation of yoga. You see the picture, but you are not the picture.
You may die a hundred deaths without a break in the mental turmoil. Or, you may keep your body and die only in the mind. The death of the mind is the birth of wisdom.
To locate a thing you need space, to place an event you need time; but the timeless and spaceless defies handling. It makes everything perceivable, yet itself is beyond perception. The mind cannot know what is beyond the mind, but the mind is known by what is beyond it.
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.
Put your awareness to work, not your mind. The mind is not the right instrument for this task. The timeless can be reached only by the timeless. Your body and your mind are born subject to time; only awareness is timeless, even in the now.
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.
Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes