Not Your Problem

“The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory. Why go anywhere? Just realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world, and stop looking for ways out.

“The dream is not your problem. Your problem is that you like one part of your dream and not another. Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that need be done.”

~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, from I Am That


“Abandon false ideas, that is all. There is no need of true ideas. There aren’t any. If you keep absolutely quiet, then concepts will be strangled to death. You are so used to the support of concepts that when your concepts leave you, although it is your true state, you get frightened and try to cling to them again. That is the meeting point of that immanent principle and the Eternal, the borderland. Why is the intellect puzzled then? That beingness which you are experiencing is melting away. When that concept of “I Am” goes, intellect also goes. So the intellect gets that frightening experience of “I am going”. Just watch that moment. One who feels “I am dying” is not your true state. Your true state is beyond the primary concept of “I Am”.”  ~Nisargadatta Maharaj


“Moods are in the mind and do not matter. Go within, go beyond. Cease being fascinated by the content of your consciousness. When you reach the deep layers of your true being, you will find that the mind’s surface-play affects you very little.”  ~Nisargadatta Maharaj


“Words and questions come from the mind and hold you there. To go beyond the mind, you must be silent and quiet. Peace and silence; silence and peace – this is the way beyond. Stop asking questions.”  ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Part of being human is that horrible things happen from time to time.

When I was younger something awful happened to me, and I nearly drove myself nuts asking “Why?”  Really, there would not have been an answer that would have made me nod my head in agreement and say “Oh, that makes sense.”

My mind was just running in an endless loop, like an ant on a Möbius strip.

Healing and peace didn’t come until I stopped asking why, and just accepted that it was.