110+ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Happiness, Friendship And Death
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- Whatever happens, happens to you by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive.
- You cannot transcend what you do not know. To go beyond yourself, you must know yourself.
- The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.
- Sometimes I feel I am everything, I call that Love. Sometimes I feel I am nothing, I call that Wisdom. Between Love and Wisdom my life continuously flows.
- As you watch your mind, you discover your self as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover your self as the light behind the watcher.
- Nothing can trouble you but your own imagination.
- To believe that you depend on things and people for happiness is due to ignorance of your true nature; to know that you need nothing to be happy, except Self-knowledge, is wisdom.
- The world has only as much power over you as you give it. Rebel. Go beyond duality.
- When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the supreme state will come to you uninvited and unexpected.
- If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. Its your restlessness that causes chaos.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Short Quotes
- Simply look at whatever happens and know that you are beyond it.
- There is only one meditation - the rigorous refusal to harbor thoughts.
- It is your restlessness that causes chaos.
- Find what is it that never sleeps and never wakes, and whose pale reflection is our sense of 'I'
- Having never left the house you are looking for the way home
- Do what you believe in and believe in what you do. The rest is a waste of time and energy.
- What is beautiful? Whatever is perceived joyfully is beautiful. Bliss is the essence of beauty.
- The real does not die, the unreal never lived.
- Come to the conclusion: I am unborn, I was unborn and I shall remain unborn
- Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don't disturb your mind with seeking.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Love
Suffering is primarily a call for attention, which itself is a movement of love. More than happiness, love wants growth, the widening and deepening of awareness and consciousness and being. Whatever prevents that, becomes a cause of pain, and love does not shirk from pain. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
In my world love is the only law. I do not ask for love, I give it. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
There is nothing wrong with duality as long as it does not create conflict. Multiplicity and variety without strife is joy. In pure consciousness there is light. For warmth, contact is needed. Above the unity of being is the union of love. Love is the purpose of duality. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Life is love and love is life. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You are really in search of yourself, without knowing it. You are love-longing for the love-worthy, the perfect lovable. Due to ignorance you are looking for it in the world of opposites and contradictions. When you find it within, your search will be over. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Love is not selective, desire is selective. In love there are no strangers. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The mind creates the abyss, and the heart crosses it. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
When all the false self-identifications are thrown away, what remains is all-embracing love. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
By all means be selfish; the right way. Wish yourself well, labour at what is good for you. Destroy all that stands between you and happiness. Be all; love all; be happy; make happy. No happiness is greater. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Life
Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The real you is timeless and beyond life and death. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Once you say 'I want to find Truth', all your life will be deeply affected by it. All your mental and physical habits, feelings and emotions, desires and fears, plans and decisions will undergo a most radical transformation. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
All you need is to stop searching outside for what can be found only within. Set your vision right before you operate. You are suffering from acute misapprehension . Clarify your mind, purify your heart, sanctify your life - this is the quickest way to a change in your world. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Devotion to your goal makes you live a clean and orderly life , given to search for truthand to helping people, and realization makes noble virtue easy and spontaneous, by removing for good the obstacles in the shape of desires and fears and wrong ideas . — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Pain is physical; suffering is mental. Beyond the mind there is no suffering. Pain is essential for the survival of the body, but none compels you to suffer. Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting; it is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Between the banks of pain and pleasure the river of life flows. It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life, and gets stuck at the banks, that it becomes a problem. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
When effort is needed, effort will appear. When effortlessness becomes essential, it will assert itself. You need not push life about. Just flow with it and give yourself completely to the task of the present moment. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
In nature nothing is at standstill, everything pulsates, appears and disappears. Heart, breath, digestion, sleep and waking - birth and death - everything comes and goes in waves. Rhythm, periodicity, harmonious alternation of extremes is the rule. No use rebelling against the very pattern of life. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Happiness
It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
What is the worth of a happiness for which you must strive and work? Real happiness is spontaneous and effortless. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Real happiness is not vulnerable, because it does not depend on circumstances. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Nothing can make you happier than you are. All search for happiness is misery and leads to more misery. The only happiness worth the name is the natural happiness of conscious being. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The world does not yield to changing. By its very nature it is painful and transient. See it as it is and divest yourself of all desire and fear. When the world does not hold and bind you, it becomes an abode of joy and beauty. You can be happy in the world only when you are free of it. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
All happiness comes from awareness. The more we are conscious the deeper the joy. Acceptance of pain, non-resistance, courage and endurance - these open deep and perennial sources of real happiness, true bliss. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
True happiness cannot be found in things that change and pass away. Pleasure and pain alternate inexorably. Happiness comes from the Self and can be found in the Self only. Find your real Self and all else will come with it. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The first steps in self-acceptance are not at all pleasant, for what one sees is not a happy sight. One needs all the courage to go further. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
My stand is clear; produce to distribute, feed before you eat, give before you take, think of others before you think of yourself. Only a selfless society based on sharing can be stable and happy. This is the only practical solution. If you do not want it, then - fight. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Death
You may die a hundred deaths without a break in the mental turmoil. Or, you may keep your body and die only in the mind. The death of the mind is the birth of wisdom. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The moment you know your real being, you are afraid of nothing. Death gives freedom and power. To be free in the world, you must die to the world. Then the universe is your own, it becomes your body, an expression and a tool. The happiness of being absolutely free is beyond description. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On People
Watch your thoughts as you watch the street traffic. People come and go; you register without response. It may not be easy in the beginning, but with some practice you will find that your mind can function on many levels at the same time and you can be aware of them all. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Laugh with people laughing, cry with people crying, but don't fall into the river of world illusion. Stay on the banks. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Only the people who have gone beyond the world can change the world. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Would people know that nothing can happen unless the entire universe makes it happen, they would achieve much more with less expenditure of energy. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
To deal with things knowledge of things is needed. To deal with people, you need insight, sympathy. To deal with yourself, you need nothing. Be what you are--conscious being--and don't stray away from yourself. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Ideas
Freedom is from something. What are you to be free from? Obviously, you must be free from the person you take yourself to be, for it is the idea you have of yourself that keeps you in bondage. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
There is no second, or higher self to search for. You are the highest self, only give up the false ideas you have about your self. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
All that happens is the cause of all that happens. Causes are numberless; the idea of a sole cause is an illusion. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
It is your fixed idea that you must be something or other, that blinds you. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Self-remembrance, awareness of 'I am' ripens him powerfully and speedily. Give up all ideas about yourself and simply be. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Give up all ideas about yourself and simply be. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
No particular thought can be mind's natural state, only silence. Not the idea of silence, but silence itself. When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience, or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Inquire, investigate, doubt yourself and others. To find truth, you must not cling to your convictions; if you are sure of the immediate, you will never reach the ultimate. Your idea that you were born and that you will die is absurd – both logic and experience contradict it. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Abandon false ideas, that is all. There is no need of true ideas. There aren't any. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Free
Nothing perceivable is real.Your attachment is your bondage. You cannot control the future.There is no such thing as free will. Will is bondage.You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I am timeless being. I am free of desire or fear, because I do not remember the past or imagine the future. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Freedom to do what one likes is really bondage, while being free to do what one must, what is right, is real freedom. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You're free. You've taken this burden of being a human being on yourself. You're free. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You have projected onto yourself a world of your own imagination, based on memories, on desires and fears, and you have imprisoned yourself in it. Break the spell and be free. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Pain
Nature is neither pleasant nor painful. It is all intelligence and beauty. Pain and pleasure are in the mind. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Pleasure puts you to sleep and pain wakes you up. If you don't want to suffer, don't go to sleep. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Suffering is a call for inquiry, all pain needs investigation. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
We grow through investigation, and to investigate we need experience. We tend to repeat what we have not understood. If we are sensitive and intelligent, we need not suffer. Pain is a call for attention and the penalty of carelessness. Intelligent and compassionate action is the only remedy. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
In reality there are no others, and -helping yourself you help everybody else. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
If you are angry or in pain, separate yourself from anger and pain and watch them. Externalization is the first step to liberation. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Between the banks of pleasure and pain flows the river of life. If you spend much time on either bank you will miss out on life. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
When pain is accepted for what it is, a lesson and a warning, and deeply looked into and heeded, the separation between pain and pleasure breaks down, both become just experience - painful when resisted, joyful when accepted. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Famous Quotes And Sayings
Realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection. Attend to yourself, set yourself right; mentally and emotionally. The physical self will follow automatically. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The ultimate point of view is that there is nothing to understand, so when we try to understand, we are only indulging in acrobatics of the mind. Whatever you have understood, you are not. Why are you getting lost in concepts? You are not what you know, you are the knower. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
There are no steps to self-realization. There is nothing gradual about it. It happens suddenly and is irreversible. You rotate into a new dimension, seen from which the previous ones are mere abstractions. Just like on sunrise you see things as they are, so on self-realization you see everything as it is. The world of illusions is left behind. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Don't ask the mind to confirm what is beyond the mind. Direct experience is the only valid confirmation. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Leave your mind alone, that is all. Do not go along with it. After all, there is no such thing as mind apart from thoughts which come and go obeying their own laws, not yours. They dominate you only because you are interested in them. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Do not neglect this body. This is the house of God; take care of it, only in this body can God be realized. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Learn to live without self concern. For this you must know your own true being as indomitable, fearless and ever victorious. Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas, and live by truth alone. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The innermost light, shining peacefully and timelessly in the heart, is the real Guru. All others merely show the way. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far. The secret is in action - here and now. It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself. Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect - whatever your idea of perfection may be. All you need is courage. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Love is not selective, desire is selective. In love there are no strangers. When the centre of selfishness is no longer, all desires for pleasure and fear of pain cease; one is no longer interested in being happy; beyond happiness there is pure intensity, inexhaustible energy, the ecstasy of giving from a perennial source. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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 — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The only thing required of you is to allow all your raging desires to relax into preferences. Then everything will be done through you and for you, not by you. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Just as every drop of the ocean carries the taste of the ocean, so does every moment carry the taste of eternity. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
If you want peace and harmony in the world, you must have peace and harmony in your hearts and minds. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You cannot change the course of events, but you can change your attitude, and what really matters is the attitude and not the mere event. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
When you believe yourself to be a person, you see persons everywhere. In reality there are no persons, only threads of memories and habits. At the moment of realisation the person ceases. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
In the mirror of your mind all kinds of pictures appear and disappear. Knowing that they are entirely your own creations, watch them silently come and go. Be alert, but not perturbed. This attitude of silent observation is the very foundation of yoga. You see the picture, but you are not the picture. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Who was born first, you or the world? As long as you give first place to the world, you are bound by it; once you realize, beyond all trace of doubt, that the world is in you and not you in the world, you are out of it. Of course your body remains in the world and of the world, but you are not deluded by it. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Having realized that you cannot influence the results, pay no attention to your desires and fears. Let them come and go. Don't give them the nourishment of interest and attention. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The sum and substance of my teaching is this: Don't be dishonest to your vital breath; worship that only, abide in that only, accept it as yourself. And when you worship in this manner, it can lead you anywhere, to any heights- this is the quintessence of my talks. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Discard every self-seeking motive as soon as it is seen, and you need not search for truth; truth will find you. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
When I say 'I am', I do not mean a separate entity with a body as its nucleus, I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe of all that is known. I have nothing to desire for I am complete forever — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Nothing troubles me. I offer no resistance to trouble - therefore it does not stay with me. On your side there is so much trouble. On mine there is no trouble at all. Come to my side. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Whatever comes and goes, is not reality. See the event as event only. Then you are vulnerable to reality, no longer armoured against it, as you were when you gave reality to events and experiences. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
These moments of inner quiet will burn out all obstacles without fail. Don't doubt its efficacy. Try it. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Once you understand that the false needs time and what needs time is false, you are nearer the Reality, which is timeless, ever in the NOW. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The mind exists in two states: as water and as honey. The water vibrates at the least disturbance, while the honey, however disturbed, returns quickly to immobility. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Everybody does the same mistake: refusing the means, but wanting the ends. You want peace and harmony in the world, but refuse to have them in yourself. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
There is no 'my self' and 'his self'. There is the Self, the only Self of all. Misled by the diversity of names and shapes, minds and bodies, you imagine multiple selves. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Stop imagining yourself being or doing this or that and the realization that you are the source and heart of all will dawn on you. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
As long as the mind is there, your body and your world are there. Your world is mind-made, subjective, enclosed within the mind, fragmentary, temporary, personal, hanging on the thread of memory. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
To understand suffering, you must go beyond pain and pleasure. Your own desires and fears prevent you from understanding and thereby helping others. In reality there are no others, and by helping yourself you help everybody else. If you are serious about the suffering of mankind, you must perfect the only means of help you have, yourself. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The old grooves must be erased in your brain, without forming new ones. You must realize yourself as the immovable, behind and beyond the movable, the silent witness of all that happens. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Do you realize the unimaginable greatness, the holiness of what you so casually call 'consciousness'? It is the unmanifest Absolute aware of its awareness through the manifestation, of which your mind-body is presently a part. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Punishment is but legalized crime. In a society built on prevention, rather than retaliation, there would be very little crime. The few exceptions will be treated medically, as of unsound mind and body. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The window is the absence of the wall, and it gives air and light because it is empty. Be empty of all mental content, of all imagination and effort, and the very absence of obstacles will cause reality to rush in. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The attitude of silent observation is the very foundation of yoga. You see the picture, but you are not the picture. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You can become a night watchman and live happily. It is what you are inwardly that matters. Your inner peace and joy you have to earn. It is much more difficult than earning money. No university can teach you to be yourself. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You are too much concerned with past and future. It is all due to your longing to continue, to protect yourself against extinction. And as you want to continue, you want others to keep you company, hence your concern with their survival. But what you call survival is but the survival of a dream. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
To go beyond the mind, you must be silent and quiet. Peace and silence, silence and peace - this is the way beyond. Stop asking questions. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Your true meaning cannot be grasped or captured by words. You can never be equated with any words, because you are prior to words. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
All that a guru can tell you is: 'My dear Sir, you are quite mistaken about yourself. You are not the person you take yourself to be.' — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Being oneself is completely beyond all motivation. You cannot be yourself for some reason. You are yourself, and no reason is needed. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
When I look beyond the mind, I see the witness. Beyond the witness, there is infinite intensity of emptiness and silence. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
To know that you are neither the body nor mind, watch yourself steadily and live unaffected by your body and mind, completely aloof, as if you were dead. It means you have no vested interests, either in the body or in the mind. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
In your world everything must have a beginning and an end. If it does not, you call it eternal. In my view, there is no such thing as beginning and end - these are all related to time. Timeless being is entirely in the now. Being and not-being alternate and their reality is momentary. The immutable Reality lies beyond space and time. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
How do you go about finding anything? By keeping your mind and heart on it. Interest there must be and steady remembrance. To remember what needs to be remembered is the secret of success. You come to it through earnestness — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You are not the body. You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The universe is but a partial manifestation of your limitless capacity to become. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
You must realize first of all that you are the proof of everything, including yourself. None can prove your existence, because his existence must be confirmed by you first. Your being and knowing you owe nobody. Remember, you are entirely on your own. You do not come from somewhere, you do not go anywhere. You are timeless being and awareness. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Imagine a dense forest full of tigers and you in a strong steel cage. Knowing that you are well protected by the cage, you watch the tigers fearlessly. Next, you find the tigers in the cage and yourself roaming about in the jungle. Last, the cage disappears and you ride the tigers! — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
When you go beyond awareness, there is a state of nonduality, in which there is no cognition, only pure being. In the state of nonduality, all separation ceases. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Life Lessons by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's teachings emphasize the importance of self-awareness and the need to look within for answers. He encourages us to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment, and to recognize our true nature as pure consciousness.
- He emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment and releasing attachment to the ego and its desires. He encourages us to cultivate a sense of peace and contentment with what is, and to recognize that we are all connected and part of the same universal consciousness.
- By studying his teachings, we can learn to live with greater clarity and purpose, and to be more mindful and compassionate in our daily lives.
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