Awaken to the Eternal: Nisargadatta Maharaj: a Journey of Self Discovery
This video is a reverential tribute to the Advaita Sage Nisargadatta Maharaj. It includes film of his daily activities, including answering seeker’s questions. A number of black-and-white photographs are shown and the narration attempts to summarize the teaching, drawing mostly on the book I AM THAT. Several well-known American disciples are interviewed about their experiences at his feet.
“Ultimately, one must go beyond knowledge, but the knowledge must come, and knowledge can come by constant meditation. By meditating, the knowledge I AM gradually settles down and merges with universal knowledge, and thereby becomes totally free like the sky or space. Those who come here with the idea of getting knowledge, even spiritual knowledge, come here as individuals aspiring to get something. That is the real difficulty - the seeker must disappear.”
This is a unique opportunity to catch Maharaj in his Mumbai loft in the middle of a spirited conversation. Although he had a Hindu background and upbringing, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's teachings have a universal appeal. His genius is in making abstract ideas clear to everyone. He explained that the purpose of advanced spirituality is to simply know who you are. Through his many talks given in his humble flat in the slums of Bombay, he showed a direct way in which one could become aware of one's original nature. Many of these talks were recorded, and these recordings form the basis of I Am That and his other books. His words are free from cultural and religious trappings, and the knowledge he expounds is stripped bare of all that is unnecessary.
In the words of Advaita scholar Dr. Robert Powell, "Like the Zen masters of old, Nisargadatta's style is abrupt, provocative, and immensely profound -- cutting to the core and wasting little effort on inessentials. His terse but potent sayings are known for their ability to trigger shifts in consciousness, just by hearing, or even reading them."
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I purchased a used copy of one of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's books once and read it. I can confirm from experience his words hit you in a certain way that can produce shifts in consciousness and he does have a certain Zen style of presentation. That I got just from reading one of his books.