‘We’ are not the body or the mind


“We should realize that we are not the body. This is liberation and realization. […] Because you identify with the body, all the troubles begin…. The biggest stumbling block is the identification with the body-mind…. You must develop the conviction that you are the Absolute. […] You must accomplish jnana-yoga [supremely liberating Wisdom-Knowledge], which means: the self subsiding in the Self…. But all you really want is to keep your body-mind sense intact; that just will not do…. You accept body as your identity…. By merely acquiring knowledge [i.e., theoretical understanding of “truth”] one cannot claim to be a jnani [a truly free sage]. The jnani-yogi is [actually] not required to know anything as he is Knowledge itself. Jnana-yoga is the highest state in spirituality. In this state there is no individuality…

Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

 

 

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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