You have to give up everything to know that you need nothing, not even your body. Your needs are unreal and your efforts are meaningless. You imagine that your possessions protect you. In reality they make you vulnerable.Nisargadatta Maharaj
What you gave up is of no importance now.
What have you not given up?
Sadhana is a search for what to give up.
Empty yourself completely.Nisargadatta Maharaj
When the thought has no customers, the thought vanishes.
Desire is merely the fixation of the mind on an idea. Get it out of its groove by denying it attention.
The true knowledge of the self is not a knowledge. It is not something that you find by searching, by looking everywhere. It is not to be found in space and time. Knowledge is but a memory, a pattern of thought, a mental habit. All these are motivated by pleasure and pain. It is because you are goaded by pleasure and pain that you are in search of knowledge. Being oneself is completely beyond all motivation. You cannot be yourself for some reason. You are yourself and no reason is needed.
Once you know that death happens to the body and not to you, you just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment. Once you know that the body alone dies and not the continuity of memory and the sense of “I am” reflected in it, you are afraid no longer.
Spiritual practice is will asserted and re-asserted. Who has not the daring will not accept the real even when offered. Unwillingness born out of fear is the only obstacle.
-Nisargadatta Maharaj (I am that, Chapter 38)
Whatever you do for the sake of truth, will take you to truth. Only be earnest and honest. The shape it takes hardly matters.
-Nisargadatta Maharaj, (I am that, Chapter 38)
There never was any journey. I am, as I always was.
Freedom is freedom from worry. Having realized that you cannot influence the results, pay no attention to your desires and fears. Let them come and go. Don’t give them the nourishment of interest and attention.
What the mind invents, the mind destroys. But the real is not invented and cannot be destroyed.
Hold on to that over which the mind has no power.
You are not what you think yourself to be. I asssure you. The image you have of yourself is made up from memories and is purely accidental.
Only what is your own at the start will remain your own in the end.
The search for Reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings, for it destroys the world in which you Live.
There is no such thing as a person. There are only restrictions and limitations. The sum total of these defines the person. The person merely appears to be, like the space within the pot appears to have the shape and volume and smell of the pot.
There is no permanent form. Whatever appears is a state and has to disappear. Anything that is sensorially seen and interpreted by the mind is an appearance in consciousness, and is not true. What you see is not what is. Appearances will dissolve on investigation and the underlying reality will come to the surface. All appearance and disappearance presupposes a change against some changeless background.
Fascinated by names and forms, which are by their very nature distinct and diverse, you distinguish what is natural and separate what is one. From the bodily standpoint, all forms appear as separate entities. But at the consciousness level, they are consciousness-manifest and not separate.
You have no innate form. You have no form, no design. The names and forms you see are your consciousness only. The forms are only instruments for the functioning of consciousness. You are not the form but the consciousness which gives sentience to the form.
To be nothing, to have nothing, to keep nothing for oneself is the greatest gift, the highest generosity.
You are responsible only for what you can change. All you can change is only your attitude. There lies your responsibility.