| Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Nisargadatt Concordances
Three new special frames pages
have been created which present interactive concordance to three books
of the talks of Nisargadatta Maharaj.
allow you to explore the books in an entirely new and enlightening
way, gathering lines from the source text together by different topics
and phrases and then jumping into the source text from automatically
Excellent way to
study N.'s unique use of language and to use cut-and-paste to assemble
your own personal collections of quotes.
here for The Nisargadatta Concordances.
pages were compiled by a Python program written by Premananda - aka
"I am that by which I know 'I
"... a remarkable master who lived the humble life of a Bombay cigarette merchant and family
man. He was sought after by many as a guru, and has been compared to Ramana
Maharshi and J. Krishnamurti. However, it is his unique way of teaching 'advaita', or non-duality, that
has earned him a place as one of the most profound spiritual teachers of our age."
to the Eternal"
With actual video footage of Nisargadatta
I am That
translated 101 of the talks and
published them in 1973 in India as I AM
THAT. Frydman's earlier associations with Gandhi and
Ramana Maharshi had made him famous in spiritual circles, and through
the promotion of this book he introduced Nisargadatta to
English-speaking people around the world. The appearance of this
remarkable and powerfully resonant book drew so many people to Bombay
that Nisargadatta said with some exaggeration, “I used
to have a quiet life, but I AM THAT
has turned my house into a railway station platform.”
Read Nisargadatta's "I
Am That" here:
Right-click here to
Am That" searchable PDF file
A Review of
Nisargadatta's book "I
Shachie Aranke from Augusta, Georgia
I want to echo what another reader said: Read with courage.
is one of the Most Amazing books I've ever read. It is unique in
its clarity, forthrightness, and transformative power. We are
tremendously fortunate that such a being is speaking openly
about his state.
I've read literally thousands of pages on books
related to consciousness expansion and eastern spirituality. But
after reading Nisargadatta's Maharaj, something in me has
totally shifted. I can never think about things in the same way.
His practice of "I am-ness" is so simple and has
deepened the more I practice it. Nisargadatta Maharaj was a
totally unique being who speaks directly to the core of our
It's amazing that he had barely any formal education
(therefore he is not teaching what he has read in books, but
from his experience), lived almost unknown, in a tenement in
Bombay. As he says he was a simple man who sincerely followed
what his guru (From an authentic and revered Indian spiritual
lineage) taught him and regained his "natural state"
(which is what we are all trying to do). He never
established any large ashram or following, as he could have
easily done if he was looking for ego gratification. He simply
was himself and gave of himself naturally to those around him.
Nisargadatta Gita" by Pradeep Apte
Being 231 Quotes of
Nisargadatta with Commentary
itself is God.
seeking itself is God.
In seeking, you discover that you
are neither the body nor the mind,
and the love of the self in you
for the self in all.
The two are one.
The consciousness in you
the consciousness in me,
apparently two, really one,
and that is love.
Some excellent excerpts
from the book "I Am That"
The Song of I Am
The Song Beyond I AM
Another Excerpt from
"I Am That"
More excellent excerpts from "I Am That"
"I Am That"
Download the book "I Am
Spanish translation of "I Am That"
"Yo Soy Esa"
of my favorite Nisargadatta statements
Thoughts On Nisargadatta
Excellent: Memories of Nisargadatta
David Godman is interviewed
about the time he spent with Nisargadatta
THE SONG OF I AM
A terrific compilation of
excerpts from "I Am That"
SOME DIALOGUES WITH NISARGADATTA
The Way of the Bird
Nisargadatta's publication about the teachings
of his guru.
are those who were lucky enough to listen to the discourses which were
like showers of Nectar from the mouth of the Sadguru Shri
Siddharameshwar Maharaj, who was the embodiment of this Supreme
Knowledge, Vidnyana. Equally blessed will be those who will read and
listen to these discourses, and will become like the Immortal Nectar
itself. They will never have fear of death, nor they will die."
On "Free Will"
Q: Surely, I am not the master of what
happens. Its slave rather.
M: Be neither master, nor slave. Stand aloof.
Q: Does it imply avoidance of action?
M: You cannot avoid action. It happens, like
Q: My actions, surely, I can control.
M: Try. You will soon see that you do what you
Q: I can act according to my will.
M: You know your will only after you have acted.
Q: I remember my desires, the choices made, the decisions taken
and act accordingly.
M: Then your memory decides, not you.
Q: Where do I come in?
M: You make it possible by giving it attention.
Q: Is there no such thing as free will? Am I not free to
M: Oh no. You are compelled to desire. In
Hinduism the very idea of free will is non-existent, so there is no
word for it. Will is commitment, fixation, bondage.
Q: I am free to choose my limitations.
M: You must be free first. To be free in the
world you must be free of the world. Otherwise your past decides for
you and your future. Between what had happened and what must happen
you are caught. Call it destiny or karma, but never—freedom.
First return to your true being and then act from the heart of love.
Q: Within the manifested what is the stamp of the unmanifested?
M: There is none. The moment you begin to look
for the stamp of the unmanifested, the manifested dissolves. If you
try to understand the unmanifested wtih the mind, you at once go
beyond the mind, like when you stir the fire with a wooden stick, you
burn the stick. Use the mind to investigate the manifested. Be like
the chick that pecks at the shell. Speculating about life outside the
shell would have been of little use to it, but pecking at the shell
breaks the shell from within and liberates the chick. Similarly, break
the mind from within by investigation and exposure of its
contradictions and absurdities.
Q: The longing to break the shell, where does it come from?
M: From the unmanifested. -
"I Am That" -
from "The Nectar of the Lord's Feet"
Dialogues from Consciousness and the Absolute
The final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Some Excerpts from The Ultimate Medicine
This is one of my favorite books.
"Take the case of a young child. The sense of 'I-am' is not
yet formed, the personality is rudimentary. The obstacles to self-knowledge are few,
but the power and the clarity of awareness, its width and depth are lacking. In the course
of years awareness will grow stronger, but also the latent personality will emerge and
obscure and complicate. Just as the harder the wood, the hotter the flame, so the stronger
the personality, the brighter the light generated from its destruction."
"Spiritual maturity is being ready to let go everything. Giving up is a first step,
but real giving-up is the insight that there's nothing to be given up, since nothing is
|"Throw out all you talking,
concepts and words! After all, what is the mind? It is just the noise that
goes on inside. With waking begins the chattering, and the talk goes on
endlessly thereafter. This is your mind and you run after it"
- Nisargadatta, The Nectar of the
A page with an excellent
selection of quotes
|"I see what you too could see, here
and now, but for the wrong focus of your attention.You give no
attention to your self. Your mind is all with things, people and
ideas, never with your self. Bring your self into focus, become
aware of your own existence. See how you function, watch the
motives and results of your actions. Study the prison you have
built around yourself, by inadvertence." - Nisargadatta
"This dwelling on the sense 'I am' is the
simple, easy and natural Yoga, the Nisarga Yoga. There is no
secrecy in it and no dependence; no preparation or initiation is
required. Whoever is puzzled by his very existence as a conscious
being and earnestly wants to find his own source, can grasp the
ever-present sense of 'I am' and dwell on it assiduously and
patiently, till the clouds obscuring the mind dissolve and the
heart of being is seen in all its glory."
"There's nothing from which the world could profit more than from giving up profit. A man who's
no longer thinking in terms of winning and loosing is truly non-violent man, since he's above all
conflicts." - Nisargadatta
quotes and a Dialogue
(This book is currently out of print.
to find out if it has been reprinted)
"To one who really understands what has been said here, a dream is
no different from what is seen in the waking state: both are plays of
consciousness . . . We call one the waking state, the other the dream . .
. but in essence, both are events happening in the consciousness and
essentially they are not different."
with Alexander Smit
"What precisely did you want from him?"
"Self-realization. I wanted to know how I was put together. I said: 'I have heard that your
are the greatest ego killer who exists. And that is what I want.'
"He said: 'I am not a killer. I am a diamond cutter. You are also a diamond.
But you are a raw diamond and you can only be cut by a pure diamond. And that is very precise
work, because if that is not done properly then you fall apart into a hundred pieces, and then
there is nothing left for you.'"
Ramesh Balsekar, a disciple of Nisargadatta
information about Mr. Balsekar
Pointers from Nisargadatta
Net of Jewels
Quotes from Ramesh Balsekar and
how to go see him