Sunday, May 14, 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.
Please RSVP to Ron@Nondual.Community
and you will receive a free Zoom link ❤️
Greetings to One and All!
Hope everyone is treating Life with loving care
and paying attention to her loving guidance.
Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers of the world!
Stella will facilitate tomorrow night.
Please remember to include new guest Roy.
Peace Peace Peace
Chapter 32 – Life is the Supreme Guru
Q: What is the right use of the mind?
NM: Fear and greed cause the misuse of the mind.
The right use of mind is in the service of love,
of life, of truth, of beauty. 126
Q: Who will provide?
NM: You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere
for truth and love, intelligence and goodwill,
imploring God and man – all in vain.
You must begin in yourself, with yourself –
this is the inexorable law…
First realize that your world is only a reflection
of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection.
Attend to yourself,
set yourself right – mentally and emotionally…
What kind of world can a man create who is stupid,
greedy, heartless? 129
Q: When all are perfect,
the world will be perfect.
What a useless truism?
NM: I did not say it.
I only said: You cannot change the world
before changing yourself.
I did not say – before changing everybody.
It is neither necessary,
nor possible to change others.
But if you can change yourself
you will find that that no other change is needed. 129
Q: How can you be so sure of yourself?
NM: It is not of myself that I am sure.
I am sure of you.
All you need is to stop searching outside yourself
for what can be found only within…
You are suffering from acute misapprehension.
Clarify your mind, purify your heart,
sanctify your life – this is the quickest way
to a change of your world. 129
Q: So many saints and mystics lived and died.
They did not change my world?
NM: Ours is a world of feelings and ideas,
of attractions and repulsions, of scales of values,
of motives and incentives; a mental world altogether…
Problems created by desires and fears and wrong ideas
can be solved only on the level of the mind.
You must conquer your own mind
and for this you must go beyond it. 129
Q: What does it mean to go beyond the mind?
NM: We are, most of our time, mind and body-conscious,
because they constantly call for help.
Pain and suffering are only the body and the mind
screaming for attention.
To go beyond the body you must be healthy:
to go beyond the mind, you must have
your mind in perfect order.
You cannot leave a mess behind and go beyond.
The mess will bog you up.
‘Pick up your rubbish’ seems to be the universal law.
And a just law too. 130
Q: How did you go beyond the mind?
NM: By the grace of my Guru…
He told me I am the Supreme Reality…
My advice to you is even less difficult than this
– just remember yourself.
‘I am’, is enough to heal your mind
and take you beyond…
If you want to know your true nature,
you must have yourself in mind all the time,
until the secret of your being stands revealed. 130
Q: Why should Self-remembrance bring one to Self-realization?
NM: Because they are but two aspects of the same state.
Self-remembrance is in the mind,
Self-realization is beyond the mind.
The image in the mirror is of the face beyond the mirror. 130
Q: All I want is to be happy. Let others take care of themselves?
NM: Sir, you are not separate.
The happiness you cannot share is spurious.
Only the shareable is truly desirable. 131
Q: Do I need a Guru?
NM: It is not the worship of a person that is crucial,
but the steadiness and depth of your devotion to the task.
Life itself is the Supreme Guru;
be attentive to its lessons and obedient to its commands.
When you personalize their source, you have an outer Guru;
when you take them from life directly, the Guru is within.
Remember, wonder, ponder, live with it,
make it your own – the words of your Guru, outer or inner. 131
Q: A thing so universal as the desire to live cannot be wrong?
NM: Not wrong, of course.
In its own place and time nothing is wrong.
But when you are concerned with truth, with reality,
you must question every thing, your very life.
By asserting the necessity of sensory and
intellectual experience you narrow down
your inquiry to a search for comfort. 132
Q: Why don’t you organize an Ashram so that people can live near you?
NM: The moment I create an institution I become its prisoner.
As a matter of fact I am available to all.
Common roof and food will not make people more welcome.
‘Living near’ does not mean breathing the same air.
It means trusting and obeying,
not letting the good intentions
of the teacher go to waste.
Have your Guru always in your heart
and remember his instructions
– this is real abidance with the true.
Physical proximity is least important.
Make your entire life an expression
of your faith and love for your teacher
– this is the real dwelling with the Guru. 132
Please RSVP to Ron@Nondual.Community
and you will receive a free Zoom link for Sunday ❤️