THE MIRROR – NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ

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THE MIRROR – NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ

 

You can see both the image and the mirror.

You are neither. Who are you?

 

Don’t go by formulas. The answer is not in words. The nearest you can say in words is: I am what makes perception possible, the life beyond the experiencer and his experience.
Now, can you separate yourself both from the mirror and the image in the mirror and stand completely alone, all by yourself?

 

Learn to separate yourself from the image and the mirror,

 

keep on remembering:

 

I am neither the mind nor its ideas: do it patiently and with conviction

and you will surely come to the direct vision

of yourself as the source of being

 

knowing — loving, eternal, all-embracing all-pervading. You are the infinite focused in a body. Now you see the body only. Try earnestly and you will come to see the infinite only.

 

Learn to separate yourself from the image and the mirror,

 

keep on remembering: I am neither the mind nor its ideas:do it patiently and with convictions and you will surely come to the directvision of yourself as the source of being — knowing — loving, eternal,all-embracing all-pervading. You are the infinite focused in a body.

 

Discover all you are not.

 

Body, feelings, thoughts, ideas, time, space, being and not-being,

this or that – nothing concrete or abstract

you can point out to is you.

 

A mere verbal statement will not do – you may repeat a formula endlessly without any result whatsoever.

 

You must watch yourself continuously – particularly your mind –

moment by moment, missing nothing.

 

This witnessing is essential for the separation of the self from the not-self.

 

The mirror reflects the image, but the image

does not change the mirror.

 

You are neither the mirror nor the image in the mirror.

 

You can polish it to make it transparent, and then look into it.The image that it will return to you it’s not you; you are the observer of the image. Understand well, whatever you perceive, you’re not that.

As you can see both the image and the mirror, you are not either.

Who are you? Do not think though formulas.

The answer is not in words.

 

Now take your distance both from the mirror and from the image

reflected in it and remain alone, still.

In a conversation with a disciple Nisargadatta Maharaj asked him:

 

Now, can you separate yourself both from the mirrorand the image

in the mirror and stand completely alone,

all by yourself?

 

When the disciple admitted that he could not He added:

 

How do you know that you cannot?There are so many things

you are doing without knowing how to do it.

 

You digest, you circulate your blood and lymph, you move your muscles – all without knowing how.

In the same way, you perceive, you feel,you think without knowing the why and how of it.

Similarly you are yourself without knowing it.

 

There is nothing wrong with you as the Self. It is what it is to perfection.

It is the mirror that is not clear and true and therefore gives you false images.

You need not correct yourself – only set right

your idea of yourself.

 

 

 

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