THE WITNESS – THE OBSERVER – THE WAY – NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ
Just remember that you are the witness only,
who stands aloof, unmoved and untouched is the watch-tower of the real, the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested.
The perceiver of the world, is he prior to the world, or does he
come into being along with the world?
When someone told Nisargadatta Maharaj: “What a strange question! Why do you ask such questions?”His reply was:
Unless you know the correct answer, you will not find peace.
You can observe the observation, but not the observer.
You know you are the ultimate observer by direct insight, not by a logical process based on observation.
You are what you are, but you know what you are not. The self is known as being, the not-self is known as transient.
But in reality all is in the mind. The observed, observation and observer are mental constructs.
The self alone is.
A ray of awareness illumines a part of our mind and that part becomes
our dream or waking consciousness, while awareness
appears as the witness.
His main point is that:
You can observe the observation,
but not the Observer.
You know you are the ultimate observer by direct insight, not by a logical
process based on observation. You are what you are, but you do not know what you are not.
The Self is known as being, the non-self
But in reality all is in the mind. The Observer, what is observed
and the observation are mental fabrications.
Only the self exists.
What does this imply?
What are you mostly?
What are you not?
The real exist and is of the nature of witness- consciousness.Of course
it is beyond the witness,but to enter it one must first realize
the state of pure witnessing.We can talk only of the unreal, the illusory, the transient, the conditioned.
To go beyond, we must pass through total negation of everything as having
All things depend on consciousness.And consciousness
depends on the witness.