1. Are you a mere body or something else? Or, maybe nothing at all?
2. Before all beginnings, after all endings – I am.
3. What you are, you already are.
4. Everything is local and temporary, except you. Don’t forget what you are.
5. Ultimately I am beyond being and non-being.
6. Find him who was present at your birth and will witness your death.
7. Stop imagining that you were born, have parents, are a body, will die and so on.
8. You were never born nor will you ever die.
9. There is a state beyond forgetting and remembering.
10. The beginningless begins forever.
11. Find what is it that you have never lost.
12. Overlook the movable and you will find yourself to be the ever-present.
I have called this work ‘The Nisargadatta Ultimatum’ because that was the feeling I got while preparing this text. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj is giving us an ultimatum: “Look here, I am handing you over something directly, either you take it or continue to suffer and lead a miserable life as an individual.”
These short quotes have the power to take you straight to the Parabrahman or the Absolute.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj has himself said:
“Take one sentence of what has been said here, and stay with it. That is enough; that will lead you to your source.”
The sentence could be a question or a statement; either, if closely observed and pondered over, have the ability of right away catapulting you into the Parabrahman or the Absolute, which you actually are.
These short quotes have been collected from the seven famous books on the dialogues of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj beginning with ‘I Am That’. Most of the quotes are as such while in some there have been minor alterations from the original without changing the meaning or the idea that Sri Maharaj aims to convey.
Sri Maharaj says: “Accepting the guru’s words with total conviction can transform your entire destiny, entire life.”
HOW TO USE THE BOOK FOR BEST RESULTS
The unheard that resonates loudly after every sentence is “Sadguru Parabrahman!”
Chant that verbally or in the mind after reading each sentence.
“What were you before you were born?”
The Nisargadatta Sadhana