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I Am That

Talks With Sri Nisargadatta
Paperback Book
Acorn Press
August, 2012
$38.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

I Am That, hailed and studied as a "modern spiritual classic," is a collection of the timeless teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981), one of the greatest sages of India. It is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer's life and work. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was a teacher who did not propound any ideology or religion but gently unwrapped the mystery of the self.  His message is simple, direct and yet sublime. I Am That preserves his dialogues with the followers who came from around the world seeking guidance in destroying false identities. The sage's sole concern was with human suffering and the ending of suffering. It was his mission to guide the individual to an understanding of his true nature and the timelessness of being. He taught that mind must recognize and penetrate its own state of being, not "being this or that, here or there, then or now," but just timeless being.

Can you save the world before saving yourself? And what does 'being saved' mean? Saved from what? From illusion. Salvatio is seeing things as they are. I really do not see myself related to anybody or anything. Not even to a self, whateve that self may be. I remain forever—undefined. I am within and beyond—intimate and unapproachable... I found that I am conscious and happy absolutely and only by mistake I thought I owed being-consciousness-bliess to the body and the world of bodies.

I am That is the classic book of talks with Nisargadatta Maharaj that was brilliantly translated and edited by Maurice Frydman shortly before the latter’s death in 1976. Nisargadatta had the combination of a finely honed intellect and deep realization of the Absolute. His simplicity, authenticity, and earnestness to share with others endeared him to people from around the world. These dialogues cover a broad range of topics and always bring the questioner back to the immediacy of the ever-present Reality, which needs to be sought behind the appearances of individuality.

Be conscious of yourself, watch your mind, give it your full attention. Don’t look for quick results; there may be none within your noticing. Unknown to you, your psyche will undergo a change, there will be more clarity in your thinking, charity in your feeling, purity in your behavior. You need not aim at these—you will witness the change all the same. For what you are now is the result of inattention and what you become will be the fruit of attention.

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