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  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: The Acorn Press (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893860417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893860417
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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By P. DAVIS on March 23, 2005
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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj is one of those rarest of individuals who had truly undergone a radical transformation, and everybody knew it. He was a poor shopkeeper in India, who listened to the words of a guru, and utterly trusted and believed in his words. In the course of three years it transformed him and he became "realized". With little education, and no self promotion, people from around the world began to seek him out, because of the profound presence they felt around him. His realization was that we are not the body, nor the brain, nor memories, or emotions, but pure consciousness/beingness - the "I Am" with nothing added. That this was our true state and everything else we "struggle" with, such as our "problems" are just a dreamlike play acted out in consciousness and not reality.

In this, his last book (to get a really good background understanding, read the classic Nisargadatta book "I Am That" listed above) Maharaj hammers away at the need to let go of our attachment to our "food bodies" as ourselves. He demonstrates again and again that we are more than the food we have consumed throughout our lives and the mental concepts we have collected along the way. He challenges listeners to think it through to the beginning and realize we have always been, and that we appeared in consciousness only because of our body. That in fact, we have no beginning and no end. That we are beyond our bodies, beyond consciousness and that our true place belongs in "the Absolute". This is very advanced teachings he shared with his closest followers near the time of his death from throat cancer. So he went straight to the core of his teachings- no time to mince words. This would not be a good text for someone just wanting to seek peace and harmony.
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A great book into understanding your True Nature as the Unborn.
Nisargadatta Maharaj takes us step by step, through the discourses and questions and answers given in this book, to dismanteling the false self that we think we are. He teaches us to thoroughly understand and dwell in consciousness (I am-ness or beingness)until we can apperceive that we are not the body. He very masterfully teaches us what conclusion we come to when we dis-identify from the body/mind and just come back to our I-am-ness. The pure, unconditioned I am-ness that awakens us to Universal Consciousness and reveals to us how we are the very Absolute Reality.
These are very profound teachings for those seekers that are interested in knowing the Self. There are is no flowery language here, or fancy complicated spiritual practices recommended. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was more of a direct type of teacher that preferred to keep the focus on directing you to your true nature as the Absolute Reality over poetic or flowery language, so you wont find much of that here. Just a very intense and uncompromising teacher that keeps pointing seekers back to their true nature.
Nisargadatta Maharaj teachings are among the most direct teachings in print. Maharaj's teaching are in the style of confronting and dismanteling all the concepts we carry around. He didn't just want to talk of bliss and joy and give seekers a stereotypical image enlightenment or some other concept to get lost in. Instead he wanted you to continue to dig and dig until you come to the Truth. Not just walk around with more concepts of how you should be able to go into blissed out states after meditations etc. because we are still a body/mind ego in a transitory state identified with the body. Instead Nisargadatta Maharaj wants you to understand the Ultimate Truth and then wake up to that reality without any gimmicks and concepts. Once that can be deeply apperceived true Self-Knowledge can occur.
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Do not let size of this tiny 114 page fool you! It is a Powerhouse of Truth. Although Maharaj continued teaching until the time he made made his Mahasamadhi and dropping the body, these are his last recorded teachings in book form and edited by his devoted disciple, Jean Dunn.From May 1, 1980 to June 30,1981, Sri Nisargadatta gave some of his most potent teachings driving the point home we are the Absolute, not the I Am Consciousness nor the "food body" as he referred to the mindbody apparatus. These teachings were meant for those students that had done their "homework".He no longer had any patience for casual seekers. Had I not read and absorbed his masterpiece, "I AM THAT" and in turn been absorbed by THAT, I do not feel this book would have had the impact it did. The Truth in this small book can tear apart any concept you may have ever entertained about "reality" or yourself. In the absence of concepts and body identification what is left? The importance of becoming fully stablized in one's I AM Consciousness or "I AM-ness" can not be overstated. It must be fully absorbed through deep abidance before it can be transcended and the Ultimate Reality, the Absolute, be fully known free of identification with either the mindbody organism or the I AM awareness arising out of the "food body". At this point subject and object fully merge into One and there remains simply radical Subjectivity. No self, No mind, No thing. Consciousness without an object beyond the beyond. This is the Essence of Maharaj's teaching. As a pointer to that Supreme Reality beyond words, beyond thoughts, beyond Form, it is unsurpassed. Truly a Transmission of Maharaj's Grace and Awakened Mind! OM Namah Shivaya!
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