Nisargadatta Maharaj  (1897-1981)
The Nisargadatt Concordances

Three new special frames pages have been created which present interactive concordance to three books of the talks of Nisargadatta Maharaj.

These pages 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 created links.

Excellent way to study N.'s unique use of language and to use cut-and-paste to assemble your own personal collections of quotes.

Click here for The Nisargadatta Concordances.

(These pages were compiled by a Python program written by Premananda - aka Bill Morgan)

"I am that by which I know 'I am'"

"... 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."

"Awaken to the Eternal"
With actual video footage of Nisargadatta 

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I am That
by Nisargadatta Maharaj

From Advaita Fellowship website:

Maurice Frydman 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:   Part 1     Part 2

Right-click here to download "I Am That" searchable PDF file

A Review of Nisargadatta's book "I Am That"
From Amazon.Com)

Reviewer: Shachie Aranke from Augusta, Georgia

I want to echo what another reader said: Read with courage. It 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 being.

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.

More short reviews 

NEW!: "The Nisargadatta Gita" by Pradeep Apte
Being 231 Quotes of Nisargadatta with Commentary


"I am" itself is God.
The 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
is for the self in all.
The two are one.

The consciousness in you
and the consciousness in me,
apparently two, really one,
seek unity, and that is love.

- Nisargadatta


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" at Amazon
ISBN: 0893860220

Download the book "I Am That" (pdf)

Download Spanish translation of "I Am That"
"Yo Soy Esa"

Some of my favorite Nisargadatta statements

Thoughts On Nisargadatta
by Premananda

Excellent: Memories of Nisargadatta

David Godman is interviewed about the time he spent with Nisargadatta

A terrific compilation of excerpts from "I Am That"


The Way of the Bird
Nisargadatta's publication about the teachings of his guru.
Intro #1  Intro#2

"Blessed 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."

- Nisargadatta


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 everything else.
Q: My actions, surely, I can control.
M: Try. You will soon see that you do what you must.
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 desire?
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" - Link


A Short Intoduction

from "The Nectar of the Lord's Feet"

Some 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 your property."  Nisargadatta


"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 Lord's Feet 


More Quotations
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."

Maurice Frydman

"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

More quotes and a Dialogue


(This book is currently out of print. 
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"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." 

Nisargadatta Maharaj

A Short Dialog


Interview 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

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Ramesh Balsekar, a disciple of Nisargadatta

Some information about Mr. Balsekar

Book: Pointers from Nisargadatta

A Net of Jewels
Quotes from Ramesh Balsekar and how to go see him


Letter from Bombay
I was delighted with Chris Parish’s article ["Close Encounters of the Advaita Kind: The Euphoric Nihilism of Ramesh Balsekar"]. Apart from being accurate, it was not only very well written but also sincere and honest.
Ramesh S. Balsekar
Bombay, India