Category Archives: Nisargadatta Maharaj

The Contextual Nature of Religion

Not believing in God because of religion is like not believing in freedom because of politics. I don’t know how the entire discussion about the existence of God got monopolized by the world’s religious institutions. For sure, there is no doubt that many of the teachings within Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Islam can offer powerful […]

via The Contextual Nature of Religion — The Passionate Why

This is a post from my other blog, but it is probably more pertinent to this one. Read and let me know what you think!

10 Beautiful Quotes To Quiet Your Mind

“Can the perceiver itself be perceived?”

– Mooji

 

“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….Stand still, be quiet.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

“What you are looking for, is where you are looking from.”

– St Francis of Assissi

 

“It’s one of the great wonders of life. What will it be like to go to sleep and never wake up? If you think long enough about that it will pose the next question to you. What was it like to wake up after having never gone to sleep?”

– Alan Watts

 

“God, or your essential nature, is not something. Not content. Not form.”

– Eckhart Tolle

 

“Once we admit our existence, how is it that we do not know the self?”

– Ramana Maharshi

 

“Care about what others think and you will always be their prisoner.”

– Lao Tzu

 

“There’s no sunlight in my brain, whose interior remains as dark as a limestone cavern no matter how bright it is outside.”

– Deepak Chopra

 

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

– Buddha

 

“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”

– Rumi

Now it’s your turn! Please add any quotes in the comment section that always help to quiet your mind.

Your expectation of something unique and dramatic, of some wonderful explosion, is merely hindering and delaying your Self Realization

“Your expectation of something unique and dramatic, of some wonderful explosion, is merely hindering and delaying your Self Realization. You are not to expect an explosion, for the explosion has already happened – at the moment when you were born, when you realized yourself as Being-Knowing-Feeling. There is only one mistake you are making: you take the inner for the outer and the outer for the inner. What is in you, you take to be outside you and what is outside, you take to be in you. The mind and feelings are external, but you take them to be intimate. You believe the world to be objective, while it is entirely a projection of your psyche. That is the basic confusion and no new explosion will set it right! You have to think yourself out of it. There is no other way.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

On Vigilance and Being Present

In the video below Gautam Sachdeva ends with some excellent advice originally stated by Nisargadatta Maharaj. He says to read the Bhagavad Gita from the point of Krishna.

After hearing that I thought, perhaps I could read “I Am That” from the perspective of Nisargadatta himself. So I picked up the book, turned to a random chapter and started reading.

Whenever Nisargadatta would be responding to a questioner I would read as if his wisdom were coming from me. I didn’t have to think about the words, or totally understand them, I just had to act as if they were spontaneously arising in me. Actually, that’s probably how they came to him anyways.

To my amazement it had a profound impact. The words he spoke came from such depth that by simply saying them, without polluting them with my thoughts or analysis, I was taken on a wonderful ride. It was as if new levels of consciousness were revealed to me.

Please watch the video below and heed his advice!