I am reading the book, ‘I am that’ – talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, and even if I’m not wise enough to follow and live like his words, because of my ignorance, I believe him. I can’t understand everything what he said but I know he was saying the real and I will do my best, until his words become mine.
What happens to the body and the mind may not be within your power to change, but you can always put an end to your imagining yourself to be body and mind. Whatever happens, remind yourself that only your body and mind are affected, not yourself. The more earnest you are at remembering what needs to be remembered, the sooner will you be aware of yourself as you are, for memory will become experience. Earnestness reveals being. What is imagined and willed becomes actuality – here lies the danger as well as the way out.
Just remain unaffected.Words from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The self is there. Your desires are there. Your longing to be happy is there. Why? Because you love yourself. By all means love yourself – wisely. What is wrong is to love yourself stupidly, so as to make yourself suffer. Love yourself wisely.
Desire by itself is not wrong. It is life itself, the urge to grow in knowledge and experience. It is the choices you make that are wrong. To imagine that some little thing – food, sex, power, fame – will make you happy is to deceive yourself. Only something as vast and deep as your real self can make you truly and lastingly happy.Words by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj