WHO AM I – THE WAY – NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ
It is enough to know what you are not. You need not
know what you are.
For as long as knowledge means description in terms of what is already known, perceptual, or conceptual, there can be no such thing as self-knowledge, for what you are cannot be described, except as except as total negation.
All you can say is: ‘I am not this, I am not that’. You cannot
meaningfully say ‘this is what I am’.
It just makes no sense.
What you can point out as ‘this’ or ‘that’ cannot be yourself. Surely, you cannot be ‘something’ else.
You are nothing perceivable,
Yet, without you there can be neither perception nor imagination. You observe the heart feeling, the mind thinking, the body acting; the very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive.
Can there be perception, experience without you?
An experience must ‘belong’. Somebody must come and declare
it as his own. Without an experiencer
the experience is not real.
He sums it all up with four main points:
– Discover why you live by constantly identifying
yourself with your body.
– When you identify yourself with your thoughts
you become the mind, and when you identify yourself with your body you become the name and the form.
– Whatever your name, your appearance may be,
this has nothing to do with the real you.
– No form exists that you can grasp
By saying “This is what I am.”
When all false self-identifications are thrown away,
what remains is all-embracing love.