I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

This is one of those books that every word flows smoothly into the next.

I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj has 101 transcripts covering 464 pages of talks with Maharaj and multiple questioners. Below I have listed all 101 transcript topics.

1) The Sense of “I am”27) The Beginningless Begins Forever53) Desires Fulfilled Breed More Desires79) The Person, The Witness and The Supreme
2) Obsession with the body28) All Suffering Is Born of Desire54) Body and Mind are Symptoms of Ignorance80) Awareness
3) The Living Present29) Living is Life’s Only Purpose55) Give Up All and You Gain All81) The Root Cause of Fear
4) The Real World is Beyond the Mind30) You Are Free NOW56) Consciousness Arising, World Arising82) Absolute Perfection Is Here and Now
5) What is Born Must Die31) Do Not Undervalue Attention57) Beyond Mind There is No Suffering83) The True Guru
6) Meditation32) Life is the Supreme Guru58) Perfection, Destiny of All84) Your Goal Is Your Guru
7) The Mind33) To See the Unreal is Wisdom59) Desire and Fear: Self-Centered States85) “I Am”: The Foundation of All Experience
8) The Self Stands Beyond Mind34) Mind is Restlessness Itself60) Live Facts, Not Fancies86) The Unknown Is the home of the Real
9) Responses of Memory35) The Greatest Guru is Your Inner Self61) Matter Is Consciousness Itself87) Keep the Mind Silent and You Shall Discover
10) Memory36) Killing Hurts the Killer, not the Killed62) In the Supreme the Witness Appears88) Knowledge by the Mind is Not True Knowledge
11) Awareness and Consciousness37) Beyond Pain and Pleasure there is Bliss63) The Notion Of Doership is Bondage89) Progress in Spiritual Life
12) The Person is Not Reality38) Spiritual Practice Is Will Asserted and Reasserted64) Whatever Pleases You Keeps You Back90) Surrender to Your Own Self
13) The Supreme, the Mind and the Body39) By Itself, Nothing has Existence65) A Quiet Mind Is All You Need91) Pleasure and Happiness
14) Appearances and the Reality40) Only the Self is Real66) All Search For Happiness is Misery92) Go Beyond the “I am the body” Idea
15) The Jnani41) Develop the Witness Attitude67) Experience Is Not the Real Thing93) Man Is Not the Doer
16) Desirelessness, the Highest Bliss42) Reality Cannot Be Expressed68) Seek The Source Of Consciousness94) You Are Beyond Space and Time
17) The Ever-Present43) Ignorance Can Be Recognized, Not Jnana69) Transiency Is Proof of Unreality95) Accept Life as It Comes
18) To Know What You Are, Find What You Are Not44) “I am” Is True, All Else Is Inferene70) God Is the End of All Desire and Knowledge96) Abandon Memories and Expectations
19) Reality Lies in Objectivity45) What Comes and Goes has No Being71) In Self-Awareness You Learn About Yourself97) The Mind and the World are Not Separate
20) The Supreme Is Beyond All46) Awareness of Being is Bliss72) What is Pure, Unalloyed, Unattached is Real98) Freedom From Self-Identification
21) Who Am I?
47) Watch Your Mind73) The Death of The Mind Is The Birth of Wisdom99) The Perceived Cannot Be the Perceiver
22) Life is Love and Love is Life48) Awareness Is Free74) The Truth Is Here and Now100) Understanding Leads to Freedom
23) Discrimination Leads to Detachment49) Mind Causes Insecurity75) In Peace and Silence You Grow101) A Jnani Does Not Grasp Nor Hold
24) God Is the All-Doer, the Jnani a Non-Doer50) Self-Awareness Is the Witness76) To Know That You Do Not Know Is True Knowledge
25) Hold on to “I am”51) Be Indifferent to Pain and Pleasure77) “I” and “Mine” are False Ideas
26) Personality, an Obstacle52) Being Happy, Making Happy is the Rhythm of Love78) All Knowledge is Ignorance

To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

The mind creates a false reality of words and symbols. Which is great when dealing with others, but traps us in the unreal.

Reality is to go beyond the word and mind. To observe the thoughts and symbols as they appear and disappear.

Take notice that every time a thought arises it ultimately evaporates. Like a cloud passing by you are the observer.

Everything that is outside of you is a milestone in life. Your only teacher is your inner teacher. The outside teacher will appear in any form. Your role is to observe what the lesson is to be learned.

Eventually, there will not be a need for an external teacher because you will transend words and symbols and realize that the inner teacher is the only. Realizing that the only thing in life is to live.

There will be a multitude of circumstances that will have no effect on you.

Watch the body. Watch the mind. Observe.

Pain and pleasure happen, but pain is the price of pleasure, and pleasure is the reward of pain. In life too, you often please by hurting and hurt by pleasing. To know that pain and pleasure are one is peace.

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You cannot change another. As they are living out there own story. All you can do is be the observer of your body and mind and watch the course of events while keeping unattached.

The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz talks how every relationship is 50/50. All you have to take care of is your 50.

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