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I AM THAT >>> Ron > 12/03/2023

Sunday, December 3, 2023 3:45 pm (California Time)

We are a small group of friends;
together we read some paragraphs in
Nisargadatta‘s I AM THAT
and then talk about it.

Feel warmly welcome,
we are meeting at Zoom.GardenOfFriends.com

 
 

Greetings to One and All!

This week we will use the first part
of our good company
to begin an exploration of the
“I Am” meditation inquiry
as a formal practice.

Let’s see how it goes.
Peace     Peace      Peace

 
 

Chapter 45  
What Comes and Goes Has No Being

 

Q: Can I live in silence?

M: First words, then silence.
One must be ripe for silence…
Unselfish work leads to silence…
You just do what needs to be done,
leaving success and failure to the unknown.  
203

 

Q: How have I limited myself?

M: You have enclosed yourself in time and space,
squeezed yourself into the span of a lifetime
and the volume of a body and thus created
the innumerable conflicts of life and death,
pleasure and pain, hope and fear.
You cannot be rid of problems without abandoning illusions.  
203-204

 

Q: A person is naturally limited. 

M: There is no such thing as a person.
There are only restrictions and limitations.
The sum total of these defines the person…
Fight with all the strength at your disposal
against the idea that you are nameable and describable.
You are not.  
204

 

Q: Activity is the essence of reality.
There is no virtue in not working.
Along with thinking something must be done. 

M: To work in the world is hard,
to refrain from all unnecessary work
is even harder.   
204

 

Q: How is it that in spite of so much instruction
and assistance we make no progress?

M: As long as we imagine ourselves
to be separate personalities,
one quite apart from another,
we cannot grasp reality which is essentially impersonal. 
First we must know ourselves as witness only,
dimensionless and timeless centers of observation,
and then realize that immense ocean of pure Awareness,
which is both mind and matter and beyond both.  
205

 

Q: How can I become universal?

M: But you are universal.
You need not and you cannot become what you are already…
What comes and goes has no being.
It owes its very appearance to reality…
All knowledge flows from you,
as all being and all joy.
Realize that you are the eternal source
and accept all as your own.
Such acceptance is true love.  
206

 

Q: But how has one to make it a way of living?

M: Having never left the house you are asking for the way home.
Get rid of wrong ideas, that is all.
Collecting right ideas also will take you nowhere.
Just cease imagining.  
206

 

Q: It is not a matter of achievement, but of understanding. 

M: Don’t try to understand!
Enough if you do not misunderstand.
Don’t rely on your mind for liberation.
It is the mind that brought you into bondage.
Go beyond it [mind] altogether.  
206

 

Q: What about the world?

M: The world is full of contradictions,
hence your search for harmony and peace.
These you cannot find in the world,
for the world is the child of chaos.
To find order you must search within.
The world comes into being only when you are born in a body.
No body – no world.
First inquire whether you are the body.
The understanding of the world will come later.  
207

 

Q: But can one step out of the world?

M: Who was born first, you or the world?
As long as you give first place to the world,
you are bound by it;
once you realize, beyond all trace of doubt
that the world is in you
and not you in the world, you are out of it…
Who knows the Creator?
He alone who was before the Creator,
your own real being,
the source of all the worlds with their creators.  
207

 

Q: Do you deny the existence of an objective world, common to all?

M: Reality is neither subjective nor objective,
neither mind nor matter,
neither time nor space.
These divisions need somebody to whom it happens,
a conscious separate center.
But reality is all and nothing,
the totality and the exclusion,
the fullness and the emptiness,
fully consistent, absolutely paradoxical.
You cannot speak about it,
you can only lose yourself in it.  
207-208

 

Q: What about jnana [knowledge]?

M: All talk of jnana is ignorance.
It is the mind that imagines
that it does not know and then comes to know.
Reality knows nothing of these contortions.
Even the idea of God as the Creator is false.
Do I owe my being to any other being?
Because I am, all is.  
208

 

Q: How can it be?…
The world is old and the child is new?

M: Everyone creates a world for oneself and lives in it,
imprisoned by one’s ignorance.
All we have to do is to deny reality to our prison [person]…
Don’t ask the mind to confirm what is beyond the mind.
Direct experience is the only valid confirmation.  
206

 

Feel warmly welcome,
we are meeting at Zoom.GardenOfFriends.com

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Created: December 2, 2023
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