Nisargidatta Maharaj October 16, 2013Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Spirit & Ego.
A few quotes from Nisargidatta Maharaj (April 17, 1897 – September 8, 1981), an Indian Spiritual Teacher and Philosopher:
* “The world is the abode of desires and fears. You cannot find peace in it. For peace, you must go beyond the world.”
* “A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness effect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part.”
* “You say you want to pacify your mind. Is he, who wants to pacify the mind, himself peaceful?”
* “A man who moves with the earth will necessarily experience days and nights. He who stays with the sun will know no darkness. My world is not yours. As I see it, you all are on a stage performing. There is no reality about your comings and goings. And your problems are so unreal!”
* “In my world, nothing ever goes wrong.”
* “The greatest guru is your inner self. Truly he is the supreme teacher. He alone can take you to your goal and he alone meets you at the end of the road. Confide in him and you need no outer guru.”
* “There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.”
* “Truth is not a reward for good behaviour, nor a prize for passing some tests. It cannot be brought about. It is the primary, the unborn, the ancient source of all that is. You are eligible because you are. You need not merit truth. It is your own. Just stop running away by running after. Stand still, be quiet.”
* “Fear and greed cause the misuse of the mind. The right use of mind is in the service of love, of life, of truth, of beauty.”
* “When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two.”
* “For me the moment of death will be a moment of jubilation, not of fear. I cried when I was born and I shall die laughing.”
Aah . . . that’s better!