pure being

Listen now to how a great Indian Master, Nisargadatta Maharaj, at the age of seventy-four, describes what it is to live in absolute consciousness.

    I am now seventy four years old. And yet I feel that I am an infant. I feel clearly that in spite of all the changes I am a child. My guru tells me that the child which is you even now is your real self. Go back to that state of pure being where the “I am” is still in its purity, before it was contaminated with “this I am” or “that I am.” Your burden is of false self identifications: abandon them all. My guru told me “Trust me, I tell you you are divine, take it as the absolute truth. Your joy is divine, your suffering is divine too. All comes from God. Remember it always, you are God, your will alone is done.” I did believe him and soon realized how wonderfully true and accurate were his words. I did not condition my mind by thinking “I am God, I am wonderful, I am beyond.” I simply followed his instruction, which was to focus the mind on pure being, “I am,” and “God is one,” and stay in it.
    I used to sit for hours with nothing but the “I am” in my mind. Soon peace and joy and a deep all-embracing love became my normal state. In it, all disappeared: my self, my guru, the life I lived, the world around me. Only peace remained and unfathomable silence.

To me, this is the clearest statement I know of what the absolute consciousness is like, feels like, from within the experience of someone who had realized it.

from Andrew Harvey,’The Way of Passion’

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