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It is clinging to the false that makes the true so difficult to see. Once you understand that the false needs time and what needs time is false, you are nearer the Reality, which is timeless, ever in the now….Reality is what makes the present so vital, so different from the past and future, which are merely mental. If you need time to achieve something, it must be false. The real is always with you; you need not wait to be what you are. Only you must not allow your mind to go out of yourself in search.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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“Do not try to know the truth, for knowledge by the mind is not true knowledge. But you can know what is not true—which is enough to liberate you from the false. The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind. It is when you do not know, that you are free to investigate. And there can be no salvation, without investigation, because non investigation is the main cause of bondage.”  Nisargadatta Maharaj,  from “I Am That”

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That which you are, your true self, you love it, and whatever you do, you do for your own happiness.  To find it, to know it, to cherish it is your basic urge.  Since time immemorial you loved yourself, but never wisely.  Use your body and mind wisely in the service of the self, that is all.  Be true to your own self, love yourself absolutely.  Do not pretend that you love others as yourself.  Unless you have realized them as one with yourself, you cannot love them.  Don’t pretend  to be what you are not, don’t refuse to be what you are.  Your love of others is the result of self- knowledge, not its cause.  Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine.  When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously.  When you realize the depth and fullness of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection.  But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it.  Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation.  It is a vicious circle.  Only self-realization can break it.  Go for it resolutely.  

Nisargadatta Maharja

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If you seek reality you must set yourself free of all backgrounds, of all cultures, of all patterns of thinking and feeling.  Even the idea of being man or woman, or even human should be discarded.  The ocean of life contains all, not only humans.  So, first of all abandon all self-identification, stop thinking of yourself as such-and-such or so-and-so, this or that.  Abandon all self-concern, worry not about your welfare, material or spiritual, abandon every desire, gross or subtle, stop thinking of achievement of any kind.  You are complete here and now, you need absolutely nothing.  Nisargadda Maharaj

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Only when you realize the true peace, the peace you have never lost, that peace will remain with you, for it was never away.  Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what is it that you have never lost?  That which is there before the beginning and after the ending of everything; that to which there is no birth, nor death.  That immoveable state, which is not affected by birth and death of a body or a mind, that state you must perceive.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

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The seeker is he who is in search of himself.  Give up all questions except one: ‘Who am I?’ After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The ‘I am’ is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality. To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not.  Discover all that you are not – body, feelings, thoughts, time, space, this or that – nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive.  The clearer you understand that on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realize that you are the limitless being.  Nisargaddatta Maharaj, from I Am That


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