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  • Directors: Maurizio Benazzo
  • Producers: Zaya Stoeva
  • Format: CD+DVD, Color, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1000
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D8ZS2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Neti Neti Films journeys to India to intimately capture the flavor of Nisargadatta Maharaj from the actual location where his teachings were first transmitted to the world. Through the eyes of the narrator, Dr. Stephen Wolinsky, Nisargadatta's final and most profound teachings are presented in two unique ways. First: We present the relationship of Nisargadatta Maharaj's teachings to some of the most extraordinary Guru's and teachers the world has known. Secondly: Here for the first time, the rarely discussed and most profound teaching of Nisargadatta is discussed in depth. He stands alone in stating that who we are is prior to the I Am, and even Prior to and Beyond Consciousness itself. This extraordinary statement by Nisargadatta Maharaj has the power to propel a seeker into a taste of the Absolute. This most unique pointer directs an aspirant into the Eternal Absolute, the Primordial Advaita that can only be realized when Consciousness itself is appreciated as not this, not this.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Katz on August 13, 2008
INTRODUCTION:

The most profound teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj are brilliantly delivered through teacher and writer Stephen Wolinsky and filmmaker Maurizio Benazzo.

You could pause the video at any point and view a crystal clear, detail-filled image of India, whether it is women hanging out clothes on ancient lived-in balconies over the streets teeming with people, or a man walking reverently into the home where Nisargadatta Maharaj lived and being moved to tears with gratitude.

Modern scenes of India alternate with footage of Nisargadatta taken around 1979-1980 (he passed away in 1981). Thus you get a feel for Nisargadatta's personal residence, the city in which he lived, and significant spiritual locations.

NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ'S MOST PROFOUND TEACHING:

Wolinsky describes four steps of Nisargadatta's most profound and final teaching. These are repeated several times throughout the film. The repetition is necessary and assures the success of the film.

To briefly summarize the four steps of the final teachings, the first step is recognition that you are not the activities of the mind and body. In the second step you know your essence as the nonverbal I Am.

In the third step the silent I Am begins to dissolve, exposing consciousness itself. It is recognized that there is only the impersonal consciousness, the universe arising out of it. In the fourth step this impersonal consciousness is known as temporary, leaving the recognition that who you are is prior to consciousness.

This "prior to consciousness" is the Absolute, which is what you are. The Absolute knows itself through consciousness but does not require consciousness. Consciousness is dependent upon the Absolute. You are prior to consciousness.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Howard S. Gay Jr. on August 10, 2008
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The wonder and enchantment continues with another delicious visit to India! Maurizio Benazzo directs as Stephen Wolinsky recaps the previous three DVD's and narrates this fourth installment. He delivers seven new impeccable discourses and unknown anecdotes and teachings by Maharaj, Ram and Hunuman. Who knew that Maharaj was born on Hunuman's birthday? I greatly enjoyed the cinematography and iconography of the Temples, images, statues and murals and landscapes of Mumbai, Ganeshpuri, Bodegaya, (a mecca of Temples & Shrines) and the Bodi Tree (Peepal Tree). The people of India are poor & humble, yet rich in their Devotion. This is another inspired and creative work, for example Stephen gives a discourse in darkness at night with the funeral pyres burning in the background...without death there's no life. Maharaj's intent was to dispel our illusions and the resulting sufferings. Nityananda, Maharaj and his teacher are well honored here. There is a bonus CD included with meditations led by Stephen. His meditations are exceptional, always taking the listener to the no-thought state, which requires some coaxing to withdraw from. The motif is always to contemplate on the Prior to the I AM, THE ETERNAL, the Absolute, the Nothingness. However, this is not Nihilism. That we even exist indicates the positive and benevolent creative force of all the Universes. And thankfully, this film is Not really The End of our journey, as another, new project is currently in the works! Cinematographers Zaya Stoeva & Philip Safand and other team-members are producing The Legacy (a larger scope project to be released in the near future). Blessings.
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First off, the cinematography in this DVD is exceptional.
And it's most informative to learn of the holiest sites in India, the shrines, temples, etc. as an homage to the pivotal figures in Eastern religion(like the Buddha and most recently, Nisargadatta).

Stephen provides a most comprehensive account of these places along with the step by step process that characterizes the lineage and path to Awakening followed by Nisargadatta. What is at times distracting is the over repetition Stephen engages in which to some might be necessary but personally I found at times going rather overboard. Additionally, he sometimes lapses into a meditative state in the middle of talking which is actually amusing but really serves no purpose other than to possibly demonstrate the value in the practice.
Notwithstanding this, the DVD is still worth checking into.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barakus on September 25, 2009
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If you are comforable with Steven Wolinsky's compact or tight presentation of many aspects and details of Advaita, you'll love this film.
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