#4913 - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz
- #4913 - Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/Facebook friend Dua'a Xaman sent me some books written by Sri Bagavath and I'm including an excerpt of one of them. Lately I've been talking about "following the I Am" as an alternative to the extreme nondual offerings/sharings/teachings we mostly see today, most classically from Tony Parsons. What is attributed to Nisargadatta in the passage below appears to support my view. However, reference is made to "great devotion to ... I consciousness as if it were the absolute Reality." This "great devotion" has to be distinguished from some kind of mental focusing on "I consciousness" or some kind of practice. "Great devotion" is one's life and breath itself, not a practice.I think that Nisargadatta's great magnetism comes from his initiation into the following the I Am and his ability to speak as the energy of that initiation. Therefore the reader feels -- and sometimes receives -- that initiation. Perhaps more than anything, Nisargadatta transmits the energy of initiation. And in the passage quoted, just talking about Nisargadatta also conveys that energy. That's how powerful Nisargadatta was and is.Dua'a has sent me two other books by Sri Bagavath and I thank her very much. I'll be posting more from them. I have to read them yet! I'm also going to find out if there is an easier way to buy them other than the listing below.~ ~ ~Renounce God, Be GodSri BagavathAbout the AuthorIt is not easy to write about Enlightened
masters like Sri Bagavath, because, the spiritual
field itself is a mysterious one.
But fortunately, I have got a special privilege
to be one in the inner circle of his friends
for the past thirty years. We were travelling on
the same road to Enlightenment. So, I know
somthing about him.Though he was born in the family of
spiritual aptitude, he started spiritual seeking at
his age of 18. While he settled in the profession
of law, he was attracted by the teachings of
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Ramana Maharishi,
Gandhiji, J.Krishnamurti, Osho and Nisarga Datta
Maharaj.He attended several mettings of J.K. and
he used to stay at Ramanashram once a year along
with spiritual friends, including myself.
He had intimate connection with a living
saint, Raju Swamy, known as Theni Swamy.
Though Sri Bagavath had attained several
spiritual experiences through yoga and
meditations, he felt it inadequate and he was in continuous
search for Enlightenment and Liberation for the past 40
years.One fine evening at his age of 58, he suddenly got
his Enlightenment and Liberation. To his surprise, it
happened within split of a second. He clearly understood
the Truth. All his endeavour of forty years ended. He did not
rejoice at the enlightenment with shouting and dancing.
But, rather, he wondered, how simple is the nature of
Enlightenment. He really feels and says that one can get Enlightenment
within a short period of time, without any difficult
meditations and yogic practices and that simple
understanding of the function of our mind is enough.
Presently, many sincere seekers are getting Enlightenment
through this master. He is very simple and he does
not hesitate to guide them, who approached him with real
quest.V.S. Aranganathan M.A., M.Ed.,
Sri Sai Nivas,
Tiruchendur.Chapter 14Nisargadatta MaharajWe have to get the peace of mind. We have to get an
orderly mind. We have to get a psychological perfection.
We have to get an order, in the experiences of our mind.
To attain any one these things, neither the Athma
Satchathkar nor the Athmadarshan, nor the state of
koodastha nor the witnessing consciousness nor the base
consciousness, in whatever name it may be addressed, will
be helpful.We cannot attain any thing through the cause of this
base consciousness.But most of the saints and elderly people say, as if,
the Base consciousness is responsible for the real
change.So, most of the spiritual aspirants try to meditate upon
the quality of Atman.Aham Brahmasmi
I am Brahm itself .
Athman is my Real nature
I am a pure witness, in my reality.
I am nothing but the koodastha they maintain this sankalpa determination,
on the assurance, given by the scriptures and the ancient
saints.Is it wrong ?We cannot say it is totally wrong. Because all our
sincere efforts will bring forth some benefits or the other.
But, through this sankalpa - detemination,
Realisation alone is not possible . Enlightenment alone
is not possible . Liberation alone is not possible .
Because, the thing which is doing this sankalpa or
determination is not the Athma.Such sankalpa is nothing but our thought . It is nothing
but a mental process. It is only an imagination of our mind.
Thereby the dual nature of our mind the duality of
observer and the observed, alone, is confirmed.But if we clarify it with those aspirants about it, they
will simply say, No, no. I am not doing any Sankalpa that I am the
Koodastha that I am the witnessing state. This is only
my understanding that I am nothing but the Koodastha
the witnessing state.But such understanding does not happen to the
Koodastha the witness. Because, there is no necessity
for the state to understand or think like that.
The mind, having all the turmoil, alone imagine itself
like that with the help of the scriptures.But thereby their mental construction and faculties
alone are confirmed.Nobody will attain liberation, since because they think
or imagine that they are the Koodastha or the witness.
Thereby, the function of their mind alone becomes
strong . Their waking state alone is confirmed.
In the early chapters, we have said that there is an
exception and that we would discuss it later.What is that?As an exception, there are saints who attain liberation
on this way also.It is said that everybody can be successful in this way.
They all say that this is the main way . But unfortunately,
all meet failure , if they select this way. If anyone gets
success, it is nothing but an exception alone.
But how this exceptional thing had happened?You might have heard about the saint Nisargadatta
Maharaj of Maharashtra.His master preached him : you are not an ordinary
person. You are the Reality beyond gods and goddesses.
It is you who are sought by everybody. You are the absolute
Reality itself.Nisargadatta believed in the words of his master. He
described like this:I have not examined the meaning of the sayings what
my master told me. I have believed him. He can not tell me a
lie. What he has said must be an absolute truth
Soon after his preaching my master also has
disappeared from the world. But his words were repeatedly
ringing upon my ears. His words are always with me
Three years later I have got the Realization that I
am the absolute Reality. On a particular day I have clearly
understood that I am the absolute Reality.In this way he explained how he had attained
enlightenment and liberation.When he talked to a seeker, he told him : We have to
understand that all the worldly experiences are unreal.
We have to realize the self that I am the pure Atman and I
am the absolute Reality.At that time, the seeker asked him a clarification.
Did you feel that the worldly things were unreal
only after your Self Realization?Or after finding out the unreality of the worldly
things alone, did you come to the Self Realization? Which
comes first? Which comes later?Nisargadatta thought a while and said conclusively.
Self Realization comes first and then only I feel
the illusory nature of the worldly experiences. Self
Realization comes first and the understanding of the world
as unreal comes next.He said like that.He himself attained it on that way. So he had to say
like that. He never examined about the unreal nature of the
world and thereby he had not come to that state.
When all have met failure in this way saying I am
the absolute Reality; I am the Pure Atman; I am the
Brahm, how did he get success, as an exceptional case?
His devotion to his faith alone brings him success.He has given great devotion to his I consciousness as
if it were the absolute Reality. Thereby the experiencer gets
importance rather than the experiences.When the I consciousness the experiencer alone has
got importance, all the experiences have lost their
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