Dharma Message for July – August 2004

Nisargadatta Maharaj Excerpt from “I AM THAT,” Dialogues with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Maharaj:
…realization is explosive. It takes place spontaneously, or at the slightest hint. The quick is not better than the slow. Slow ripening and rapid flowering alternate. Both are natural and right. Yet, all this is so in the mind only. As I see it, there is really nothing of the kind. In the great mirror of consciousness images arise and disappear and only memory gives them continuity. And memory is material — destructible, perishable, transient. On such flimsy foundations we build a sense of personal existence — vague, intermittent, dreamlike. This vague persuasion: ‘I-am-so-and-so’ obscures the changeless state of pure awareness and makes us believe that we are born to suffer and to die.

Seeker:
I was told that a realized person will never do anything unseemly. That they will behave in an exemplary way.

Maharaj:
Who sets the example? Why should a liberated one necessarily follow conventions? The moment one becomes predictable, one cannot be free. Ones freedom lies in being free to fulfill the need of the moment, to obey the necessity of the situation. Freedom to do what one likes is really bondage, while being free to do what one must, what is right, is real freedom.

Seeker:
What about cause and effect?

Maharaj:
Each moment contains the whole of the past and creates the whole of the future.

Seeker:
But past and future exist?

Maharaj:
In the mind only. Time is in the mind, space is in the mind. The law of cause and effect is also a way of thinking. In reality all is here and now and all is one. Multiplicity and diversity are in the mind only.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


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