Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Spiritual Teacher of Enlightenment

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was an Enlightened Spiritual Master and teacher. He was a guru, mystic, and sage made famous for his world renowned book: I Am That.

Sri Nisargadatta’s awakening occurred in 1933 in Bombay India. His guru, Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, told him plainly, “you are not what you take yourself to be…” He then gave Nisargadatta simple instructions, which he followed precisely.

He was told to attend to the sense ‘I Am’ and to give attention to nothing else. He did just that. He did not follow any particular style of breathing, meditation, mantras, or spiritual study. He simply turned his attention away from whatever happened and remain in the sense ‘I Am’.

It is a simple, even somewhat crude spiritual path. The only reason Sri Nisargadatta undertook it is because his guru told him to. And it worked.

Nisargadatta Maharaj Spiritual Teacher

Following his guru’s instructions, he spent all his free time focusing his attention on the sense of ‘I Am’, and looking within in silence. He remained in that state for years, meditating and chanting devotional mantras.

Two and a half years after receiving instruction from his guru Nisargadatta Maharaj transcended the ego and became Enlightened.

He teaches much of the same truths as most other truly Enlightened spiritual masters; as there is only one source of Ultimate Truth.

He teaches that mankind’s true nature is perpetually free, peaceful awareness, referred to as Brahman in Hinduism. Awareness is the source of the personal, individual consciousness, related to the body, but separate from it.

It is the false illusion that we are the body that keeps us from realizing our True Self. This True Self is pure, free, and unaffected by anything that occurs.

It is like a silent watcher, witnessing through the body’s senses, yet is beyond emotion, and remains blissful and unaffected by outcomes.

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Nisargadatta teaches Non-duality and Allness. God does not exist independently from creation. The Absolute Reality exists as the total manifestation of all creation as evolution. This Absolute Reality is identical to the Self.

This teaching clarifies that mankind’s notion of causality is false, and brings into question the notion of free will. The endless factors required for anything to happen, means that, at most, one can say that everything is creating everything in a continuous unfoldment.

Even the choices that we make, and presume to be ours, are predetermined by innumerable influences.

You are not your mind. You are the pure conscious awareness beyond mind.

If you are drawn to Sri Nisargadatta the best book to read would be his classic:

I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. In which he gives hope to all his followers that "Beyond the real experience is not the mind, but the self, the light in which everything appears...the awareness in which everything happens."

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Enlightening Lotus

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
(Siddhartha Gautama)
(The Buddha)
563-483 B.C.

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