THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #68

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68. The primary concept ‘I am’ is
dishonest, a cheat. It has tricked you into
believing what is not. Focus sharply on
the ‘I am’ and it’ll disappear.

The teaching says that first you must start an inquiry into the nature of this knowledge ‘I am’, how it appeared on you and what it lead to. In the process of this inquiry you land up with the conclusion that this ‘I am’ is false and has deceived you into believing something that’s not true. You may theoretically agree with this conclusion but in order to actually understand it you have to keep a sharp focus for a prolonged period on the ‘I am’. You have to do this repeatedly; in fact this is the ‘Sadhana’ (practice).

What will be the outcome of all this? A moment will come when the ‘I am’ will disappear and you will end up in your true natural state.
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THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #67

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67. Who can know the illusory state ‘I
am’? Only a non-illusory state can do so,
it’s the Awareness, the Parabrahman, or
the Absolute.
There has to be an unchangeable background that observes all the changes. ‘Knowing’ and ‘not-knowing’, ‘being’ and ‘not-being’, ‘I am’ and ‘I am not’, these are all states of consciousness that occur on an unchangeable substratum. Only a non-illusory state is capable of knowing the illusory state. This real or non-illusory state has been called Awareness, the Absolute or the Parabrahman. In its original state it is devoid of any content or experience, these occur only after the appearance of ‘I am’.
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THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #66

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66. Who has the knowledge ‘I am’?
Somebody in you knows the knowledge
‘I am’, ‘you are’. Who is it?
As you stay focused on the ‘I am,’ the question “Who is watching the ‘I am’?” will occur to you.
There has to be something in you that knows the ‘I am’ or that ‘you are’. How come ‘you were not’ and now ‘you are’? This transition from ‘I am not’ to ‘I am’, how did it occur? Was there any volition in it or did it occur spontaneously? Who is it that knows this appearance and disappearance of ‘I am’?
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THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #65

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65. This is no joke, you can become
Parabrahman right now! You are
Parabrahman right now! Just focus your
attention on the ‘I am’.
The concept of being born as an individual with a body and mind has been so strongly hammered into you that you simply refuse to accept anything that challenges it. In such a state of being, the truth that you are the Absolute ‘Parabrahman’ in this very
moment may sound too far-fetched, or like a joke. You can even become it right now by simply focusing your attention on the ‘I am’. The moment you do so you stand apart from the ‘I am’ as a witness to it. Now, who is this witness?
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THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #64

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64. Your fall started with the appearance

of ‘I am’, then you blundered by

embracing the body as ‘I am’, all that

gathered thereafter is unreal.

The very appearance of ‘I am’ was the first deception, more deception followed when the ‘I am’ embraced the body. This is the deceptive foundation which caused you to blunder and build upon it this mansion of your individuality. Your very base, the ‘I am’, is false or unreal, so how can anything that followed thereafter be real? Just see how you have been tricked into believing something that is totally unreal.

 

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THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #63

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63. Before you occurred to yourself as ‘I am’

you were the highest: Parabrahman.

Now, until the impurity of ‘I am the

body’ disappears stay put in the ‘I am’ quietude.

You will have to apply your mind and go back to the moment when you first came to know that ‘you are’ or the ‘I am’ appeared on you. Now just wait here…prior to this what were you? Go back further…prior to conception what or where you were. Nothing! That’s it! You were the highest, the Absolute or the Parabrahman. It’s only this total absence that doesn’t require anything, is formless, free and above all. On this stateless state appeared the ‘I am’ and it caught hold of the body and believed ‘I am the body’. This very idea is an impurity, do away with it and abide in the stillness and silence of the pure ‘I am’ without words, only then do you stand a chance of reaching your true identity.

 

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THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #62

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62. The essential thing to be convinced

about is that the original concept ‘I am’

is false, only accept that which is

conducive to this development.

 

The knowledge ‘I am’ came quite suddenly on to you, you had never asked for it and it has remained as such for some time. Gradual worldly conditioning has established it as a firm concept which you are now not ready to part with or disbelieve. But the whole key to your redemption lies in realizing that this original concept ‘I am’ is totally false and is the culprit that has deceived you. Do away with it and do not accept anything that does not go with your developing the conviction that the ‘I am’ is illusory.

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Posted on July 25, 2016 THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #61

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61. Inquire into the validity of the

fundamental concept of your

individuality, the ‘I am’, and it will

disappear, then you are Parabrahman,

the Absolute.

 

If what you believe yourself to be at present is false, what is the means to be adopted in order to realize your true identity? Self-inquiry is the means that the Guru suggests; you have to inquire into the question: ‘Who am I?’ As you do so you come to the fundamental concept of ‘beingness’ or the ‘I am’ on which rests everything. You are now told to meditate on this ‘I am’, stay here, abide in it for a reasonable amount of time. As your ‘Sadhana’ (practice) matures, a day will come when the ‘I am’ will disappear and then you are Absolute. Through negation you assert your true being, try to perceive the affirmation hidden in the negation of ‘I am’.

 

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THE NISARGADATTA GITA BY PRADEEP APTE #60

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60.You have to realize that you are not

the body or the knowledge ‘I am’. You

as the Absolute are neither, nor do you require them.

When the knowledge ‘I am’ arose, you did not know what it was, it was just a feeling ‘you are’- absolutely non-verbal. You did not even know whether it was real or unreal, it was just there.
When verbalization was thru st on you, you made the first mistake of believing the ‘I am’ to be real.

The second mistake, which was hammered into you, was to believe that you are a person born with a body and living in this world. That you would die one day you inferred by seeing people around you die and these beliefs grew stronger on seeing births  and deaths occurring around you almost everyday.

What the Guru now tells you challenges all this, he tells you that you are neither the body nor the knowledge ‘I am’. He tells you that you are the formless Absolute and you do not require either of them, rather you were never them. The Guru can
say so as that is his realization and you have to have faith in his words.
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