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I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Paperback – 1988
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Nothing can trouble you but your own imagination. (I AM THAT p.113)
General knowledge develops the mind, no doubt. But if you are going to spend your life in amassing knowledge, you build a wall round yourself. To go beyond the mind, a well-furnished mind is not needed. (p50)
The window is the absence of the wall, and it gives air and light because it is empty. Be empty of al mental content, of all imagination and effort, and the very absence of obstacles will cause reality to rush in. (p260)
Leave it all behind you. Forget it. Go forth, unburdened with ideas and beliefs. Abandon all verbal structures, all relative truth, all tangible objectives. (p340)
All are mere words, of what use are they to you? You are entangled in the web of verbal definitions and formulations. Go beyond your concepts and ideas; in the silence of desire and thought the truth is found. (p295)
Too much analysis leads you nowhere. There is in you the core of being which is beyond analysis, beyond the mind. You can know it in action only. The legitimate function of the mind is to tell you what is not. But if you want possitive knowledge, you must go beyond the mind. (p341)
Before you can know anything directly, non-verbally, you must know the knower. So far, you took the mind for the knower, but it is not so. The mind clogs you up with images and ideas, which leave scars in memory. You take remembering to be knowledge.Read more ›
Words are ultimately empty. If the recommendations in this book are put into practice, a condition of ripeness may come about, the "I" or "me" (ego) may drop. Nothing is guaranteed, but if an addiction to words exists, it can almost be guaranteed that attachment to thought will continue. A brief respite is not enough. Read with courage (once or twice), then put the book down and follow the recommendations -- or let some self-inquiry happen naturally. Depend on nobody and nothing but proceed courageously and alone, knowing 'You are That'! Attaching to the book or to Nisargadatta will not bring freedom any nearer.
"The personal needs a base, a body to identify oneself with, just as a colour needs a surface to appear on."
"The mind exists in two states: as water and as honey. The water vibrates at the least disturbance, while the honey, however disturbed, returns quickly to immobility."
What is not poetically stated as such is given very directly:
"To know that you are neither the body nor mind, watch yourself steadily and live unaffected by your body and mind, completely aloof, as if you were dead. It means you have no vested interests, either in the body or in the mind."
"Self-remembrance, awareness of 'I am' ripens him powerfully and speedily. Give up all ideas about yourself and simply be."
The value of this book cannot be overstated I hold my copy very close and dear. From the perspective of sheer knowledge this book wastes no paper. The non-dual doesn't waste your time.
I've noticed in that the same depth of wisdom is given by a few others such as: Jean Klein, Ramana Maharshi and Paul Brunton. All are authorities on the non-dual. The reason for the similarities is that essentially the books are written by the same author, The Absolute, filtered through the personality/ego of the body delivering the material.
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This book is a most powerful device. It bypasses the intellect. Reading "I am That" alone can be a most efficient sadhana. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stefan B.
This book is high energy reading. Love the way it gave me new insights to timeless guidance from countless sources.Published 1 month ago by Kurt
This is my favorite book! I read and reread it all the time. It always feels fresh and it has changed my meditation and my life.
Buy it, read it, have a nice life!
One of the most fascinating and least studied aspects of Nikaya Buddhism is the story of the Buddha (pre-Enlightenment) learning the "arupa" spheres from several teachers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SEC2014
I have wanted to read this book for years, so I'm taking it in little sips every night. It has a lot to digest and you must read it slowly and ponder each word, and all the spaces... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer