The real does not die, the unreal never lived.
Once you know that death happens to the body and not to you, you just watch
your body falling off like a discarded garment. The real you is timeless
and beyond birth and death. The body will survive as long as it is needed.
It is not important that it should live long.
We are the creators and creatures of each other, causing and bearing each
I find that somehow, by shifting the focus of attention, I become the very
thing I look at, and experience the kind of consciousness it has; I become
the inner witness of the thing. I call this capacity of entering other focal
points of consciousness, love; you may give it any name you like. Love
says "I am everything". Wisdom says "I am nothing". Between the two, my
life flows. Since at any point of time and space I can be both the subject
and the object of experience, I express it by saying that I am both, and
neither, and beyond both.
Unless you make tremendous efforts, you will not be convinced that effort
will take you nowhere. The self is so self-confident that unless it is totally
discouraged it will not give up. Mere verbal conviction is not enough. Hard
facts alone can show the absolute nothingness of the self-image.
The world is like a sheet of paper on which something is typed. The reading
and the meaning will vary with the reader, but the paper is the common factor,
always present, rarely perceived. When the ribbon is removed, typing leaves
no trace on the paper. So is my mind - the impressions keep on coming, but
no trace is left.
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
affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness,
inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.
-- Nisargadatta Maharaj, in 'I Am That'
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) lived an ordinary
life—running a small shop, marrying and raising a family in
Bombay—until middle age. He was also illiterate. [more]