Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes on Meditation
Why do we appear to be estranged from our true Self?
“…the consciousness which has been restricted to the body is in reality the limitless, universal consciousness… [nondual Awareness]. What is to be understood is that “I,” the Self, comprises all things; this unity is to be understood thoroughly… Consciousness within the body gets itself entangled in the various concepts which it has been given and which it has acquired and now considers as part of itself.”
“Consciousness opens the gate for you to transcend consciousness. There are two aspects; one is conceptual, dynamic consciousness which is full of concepts, and the other is transcendent consciousness.”
“At present your being is mixed up with experiencing.”
How can I become reunited with my true Self?
“To have better clarity you must meditate, but this meditation is not on the body but on the consciousness, the knowledge ‘you are’. With this meditation you will come to know the origin of the consciousness, its maintenance, and also what happens after the consciousness vanishes. All this knowledge you will get without asking for it, just by meditation.”
“All you need is to unravel being from the tangle of experiences. Once you have known pure being [nondual Awareness], without being this or that, you will discern it among experiences and you will no longer be misled by names and forms.”
“…call it Yoga – levelling up all the mental ruts.”
“Union with the body through consciousness is false yoga. Consciousness united with the Self is true yoga, however beyond this is the Swarupa (Pure Awareness or Reality).”