‘Activeness to being’ is one of the principles of Nisarga Yoga.
According to Nisargadatta Maharaj, founder of Nisarga Yoga, to simply be, and to be conscious of one’s beingness, is most important. Nisarga Yoga, which isn’t a spiritual practice or system but a yoga that happens naturally, involves the all-becoming mind recognising and penetrating its own being. It is seen that prior to being associated with any concept, consciousness is neither this nor that, here nor there, then nor now, but simply timeless being.
How do we discern being? Nisargadatta Maharaj’s guru Siddharameshwar told him to attend to his immediate, raw sense of existence and to give his attention to nothing else. Nisargadatta didn’t practice any particular meditation practice or study of scriptures. Following in his guru’s footsteps, Nisargadatta encourages us to seek within in nondual meditation and self-inquiry, that our own consciousness is our best friend. When we go deep into the sense ‘I am’ we rediscover this primary ‘I am-ness’ prior to any of the usual dualistic embellishments: “I am a body”, “I am a woman”, “I am a good person”. We cling to the one thing that really matters; we give attention to and abide in ‘I am-ness’ and let go of any other concept, sense and thought.
Self-remembrance helps us find this purity; we keep it in mind until we recall it. Nisargadatta said that meditation takes us away from mundane daily life and reminds us that we are not what we believe ourselves to be. We are being itself. The knowledge (jnana) ‘I am’ is a permanent fact; “I am something or someone” is a transient idea.
Remembering nor even conviction of one’s beingness is enough, however. Action must follow remembrance. Indeed, we don’t need to remember to be. Before we can experience anything there must be a background of consciousness. Self-inquiry is necessary to discern what we truly are through seeing beyond what we are not. We are nothing that we can perceive. In Nisarga Yoga we apply ourselves diligently to dismantling the concepts that have been constructed in and through our minds. The earnest jnani who dedicates interest and focus to Nisarga Yoga is not content with the inherited or inferred ideas he or she has about themselves.
Nisargadatta describes Nisarga Yoga meditation and nondual self-inquiry like this:
“Keep very quiet and watch what comes to the surface of the mind. Reject the known, welcome the so far unknown and reject it in its turn. Thus you come to a state in which there is no knowledge, only being, in which being itself is knowledge. To know by being is direct knowledge. It is based on the identity of the seer and the seen.”
“All you have to do is to abandon all memories and expectations. Just keep yourself ready in utter nakedness and nothingness.”
“Refuse all thoughts except one: the thought ‘I am’. The mind will rebel in the beginning, but with patience and perseverance it will yield and keep quiet.”
“Your sadhana is to be. The doing happens. Just be watchful. Where is the difficulty in remembering that you are? You are all the time.”