Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Absolute Truth

Do realize that it is not you who moves from dream to dream, 
but the dreams flow before you, and you are the immutable witness. 
No happening affects your real being - that is the absolute truth. 

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Nisargadatta, the beloved Indian teacher of Advaita (Nondualism), is considered to be the most famous teacher of Advaita since Ramana Maharshi. According to Nisargadatta the purpose of life is to know who you are. He taught the "direct way of knowing," sometimes referred to as the bird's way. This method of Self-knowledge is reached much like a bird flying easily from branch to branch, instead of crawling like an ant up the tree. 

He suggested we use our mind to break from the unreal to the real, from the mind's false indentification with the ego, simply by listening to and continuously repeating what is said in Advaita, knowing...

 "You are already That."


  1. Loved the picture of blue sky behind the tree branches! Really liked the idea of being a bird flying from branch to branch rather than an ant crawling up a tree.

    "No happening affects your real being"...could you offer more information on this as it doesn't resonate well with me, so surely I am misunderstanding. Soul has purpose here, so if we are not affected by experience, how does soul benefit?

  2. Stumped again! Let me think about this. Thank you for such thought provoking & heart opening comments!