“Experiences Of Nothingness” – Children Of Light

Style of teaching

According to Sri Nisargadatta the purpose of spirituality is to know who you are, a viewpoint he expounded in the talks he gave at his humble dwelling in Bombay, where a mezzanine room was created for him to receive disciples and visitors. This room was also used for daily bhajans (devotional songs), meditation sessions, and discourses.

He talked about the ‘direct way’ of knowing the Final Reality, in which one becomes aware of one’s original nature through mental discrimination, a method which is common to the teachers of the  Navnath sampradya. This mental discrimination or the Bird’s way (‘Vihangam Marg’) was also presented by Nisargadatta’s co-disciple, Sri Ranjit Maharaj; wherein Self-Knowledge is gained just as a bird flying in the sky goes easily from branch to branch, instead of slowly crawling its way up the tree like an ant, as in the ‘Pipilika Marg’. Here the disciple reaches straight to truth, without wasting time in long drawn out practices that would take him to the ‘fruit’ no doubt, only slowly. He proposed to use one’s mental faculty to break from the unreal to the real, and the mind’s false identification with the ego, simply by listening to and constantly thinking over what the master has said, and knowing that “You are already That”.

The common teaching style of teaching of the Inchgiri Sampradaya masters (beginning with Shri Bhauseheb Maharaj) to Indian devotees was for the Master to select a passage from a traditional text on Advaita Vedanta, most commonly Dashodh of Saint Shri Ramdass as well as the “Yoga Vasishtha”, “Saachara” of Shri Shankaracharya, and the “Ecknati Bhagwat” of Saint Ecknath), and to expound upon the meaning and import of that selected passage. Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ranjit Maharaj both deviated from this formal format by giving informal discourses for the benefit of western devotees who did not have access to Dasbodh or the other texts, and who were not familiar with Indian traditions and customs.Many of Nisargadatta Maharaj’s talks were recorded, and these recordings form the basis of I Am That and all of his other books. His words are free from cultural and religious trappings, and the knowledge he expounds is stripped bare of all that is unnecessary.

Summed up in the words of  Advaita scholar and a disciple, Dr. Robert Powell, “Like the Zen masters of old, Nisargadatta’s style is abrupt, provocative, and immensely profound — cutting to the core and wasting little effort on inessentials. His terse but potent sayings are known for their ability to trigger shifts in consciousness, just by hearing, or even reading them.”

source: Wikipedia

“Suppose a man is rich, he is wearing a lot of ornaments and expensive clothes; when he leaves his house there is always danger lurking. This is on account of the fact that he represents so many ideas, concepts, and because of his reputation that he is somebody, that he is a rich man. He is afraid of going into the street. A naked beggar who goes into the street has nothing to lose. Similarly, having lost everything, I have nothing more to lose; I can encounter any situation and fit into anything.”

— N.M., from “Experience of Nothingness”

“Eventually, you will find shelter and peace in no other ashram except your very own. That visranti — it means: ultimate relaxation — final abidance, will be available only in your ashram and nowhere else. The road is inward into your ashram.” — N.M., from “Experience of Nothingness”

Love And Nothingness – Inspirational Quotations

The future of the Earth is a sacred future, built on a new recognition of mankind’s relationship with God and with his own deeper nature.  Such recognition generates a deep understanding of the sacredness of life and of each and every soul. Do enjoy the quotes. 🙂

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It is not humility to insist on being someone that you are not. It is
as much as saying that you know better than God who you are and who
you ought to be. How do you expect to arrive at the end of your own
journey if you take the road to another man’s city? How do you expect
to reach your own perfection by leading someone else’s life? His
sanctity will never be yours; you must have the humility to work out
your own salvation in a darkness where you are absolutely alone.
—Thomas Merton, “New Seed of Contemplation.”

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♥♥♥♥♥beautiful reflections ♥♥♥♥♥

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Love & Nothingness – Marguerite Porete

“LOVE: Now this soul, says Love, has her right name from the
nothingness in which she rests. And since she is nothing, she is
concerned about nothing, neither about herself, nor about her
neighbours, nor even about God Himself. For she is so small that she
cannot be found, and every created thing is so far from her that she
cannot feel it. And God is so great that she can comprehend nothing of
Him. On account of such nothingness she has fallen into certainty of
knowing nothing and into certainty of willing nothing.

And this nothingness, of which we speak, says Love, gives her the All,
and no one can possess it in any other way.

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This Soul, says Love, is imprisoned and held in the country of
complete peace, for is always in full sufficiency, in which she swims
and bobs and floats, and she is surrounded by divine peace, without
any movement in her interior, and without any exterior work on her
part. These two things would remove this peace from her if they could
penetrate to her, but they cannot, for she is in the sovereign state
where they cannot pierce or disturb her about anything. If she does
any exterior thing, it is always without herself. If God does His work
in her, it is by Him in her, for her sake. Such a Soul is no more
encumbered by this than is her angel by guarding her. No more is an
angel encumbered by guarding us than if he never guarded us at all. So
also neither is such a Soul encumbered by what she does without
herself than if she had never done it at all. For she has nothing of
herself. She has given all freely without a why, for she is the lady
of the Bridegroom of her youth. He is the Sun who shines and warms and
nourishes the life of being separate from His Being. This Soul has
retained neither doubt nor anxiety any longer.

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REASON: Why therefore? says Reason.

LOVE: A sure alliance and a true concordance by willing only the
divine ordinance.”

– from THE MIRROR OF SIMPLE SOULS by Marguerite Porete (ISBN 0809134276)