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Questioner: All my life I was striving and achieved so little.
I was reading, I was listening - all in vain.
Maharaj: Listening and reading became a habit with you.
Q: I gave it up too.
I do not read nowadays.
M: What you gave up is of no importance now.
What have you not given up?.
Find that out and give up that.
Sadhana is a search for what to give up.
Empty yourself completely.
Q: How can a fool desire wisdom?
One needs to know the object of desire, to desire it.
When the Supreme is not known, how can it be desired?
M: Man naturally ripens and becomes ready for realisation.
Q: But what is the ripening factor?
M: Self-remembrance, awareness of 'l am' ripens him powerfully and speedily.
Give up all ideas about yourself and simply be.
Q: I am tired of all the ways and means and skills and tricks, of all these mental acrobatics.
Is there a way to perceive reality directly and immediately?
M: Stop making use of your mind and see what happens.
Do this one thing thoroughly.
That is all.
Q: When I was younger, I had strange experiences, short but memorable, of being nothing, just nothing, yet fully conscious.
But the danger is that one has the desire to recreate from memory the moments that have passed.
M: This is all imagination.
In the light of consciousness all sorts of things happen and one need not give special importance to any.
The sight of a flower is as marvellous as the vision of God.
Let them be.
Why remember them and then make memory into a problem?
Be bland about them; do not divide them into high and low, inner and outer, lasting and transient.
Go beyond, go back to the source, go to the self that is the same whatever happens.
Your weakness is due to your conviction that you were born into the world.
In reality the world is ever recreated in you and by you.
See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being.
You will find that in that light there is love and infinite energy.
Q: If I am that light, why do I not know it?
M: To know, you need a knowing mind, a mind capable of knowing.
But your mind is ever on the run, never still, never fully reflecting.
How can you see the moon in all her glory when the eye is clouded with disease?
Q: Can we say that while the sun is the cause of the shadow one cannot see the sun in the shadow.
One must turn round.
M: Again you have introduced the trinity of the sun, the body and shadow.
There is no such division in reality.
What I am talking about has nothing to do with dualities and trinities.
Don't mentalize and verbalize.
Just see and be.
Q: Must I see, to be?
M: See what you are.
Don't ask others, don't let others tell you about yourself.
Look within and see.
All the teacher can tell you is only this.
There is no need of going from one to another.
The same water is in all the wells.
You just draw from the nearest.
In my case the water is within me and I am the water.
~ From Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj's 'I AM THAT', ch.43.