What the fuck does Nisargadatta mean by "I Am"?

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Nisargadatta Maharaj gives seekers the same advice his guru gave him: abide in the "I Am".

I have looked and looked and couldn't find in "I Am That" him explaining exactly and definitely what he means by that. Maybe it is included in other books.

Anyone knows?

Of course I have my own speculations but I want to be sure since it seems to be a key issue.

Please, if you give your assumptions, please indicate that it is so otherwise please, if you can, include the quote of his explanation.

** 12/9/2011 - I added here a PDF file I found on the net that contains all the quotes of Nisargadatta Maharj in which he mentions or addresses the "I Am". The file is from http://www.stillnessspeaks.com/

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nancy pro's picture

Being

(My conclusion was that) it means being, just to be, to be a subject with no objects observed - the ultimate type of meditation.

nancy pro | Wed, 08/27/2008 - 22:39
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That was also my understanding

That was also my understanding.

A question may arise: why doesn't he call it therefore also "abide in the self" or "abide in the center" or "abide in the being"? All may refer to just being in the subject without giving attention to objects. Why, at least in the translation to English, it is limited to the term "I Am"?

I also think we should clear the exact mental difference between "I Am" and "I". If the "I" does not exist, isn't the "I Am" supposed not to exist too as it includes in its definition the "I"?

sonti | Thu, 08/28/2008 - 05:43
Phroggy's picture

Weird

I'm more interested in the optical illusion in Lalo's avitar. Does it seems that the little man is running much faster when you look away from him so that he's in your peripheral vision?.......Or is that just me? Hehe.

Phroggy | Thu, 08/28/2008 - 08:01
lalo's picture

You catched me

You catched me.

The little man is my mind. When I'm not observing it, it gets more hectic, when I am focusing on it, it get's more relaxed and slow.

I thought it happens only when I'm the one observing... :-)

Now, what about "I Am"?

lalo | Thu, 08/28/2008 - 09:22
Phroggy's picture

"Now, what about "I Am"?" I

"Now, what about "I Am"?"

I guess we'll have to shoot the little man to find out. Hehe.

Phroggy | Fri, 08/29/2008 - 20:01
lalo's picture

:-)

:-)

Phroggy! be serious!

lalo | Fri, 08/29/2008 - 20:42
Phroggy's picture

Okay, I'll be serial

Okay,I'll be serial.
I've had a few discussions with folks asking the same question you did about Niz' meaning of 'I AM'. I haven't read the entire book and so I haven't offered my half-baked opinion, but his wording is clearly unclear to me. At times he seems to be referring to the ego identity, but at others he's clearly talking about the same thing every other guru is talking about; the sense of Beingness that we really are, as Omkara has described it. I didn't figure it was worth sorting out why the dead guy talked about it the way he did so I dropped it.

Phroggy | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 02:40
Omkaradatta's picture

Could be...

... that he referred to it in a couple different ways; after all, there are no rules saying a term has to be solidly defined ;-). The book "I Am That" is a compilation of talks with different people over time, and so the context is going to differ as well.

From here (and fwiw), the 'sense of Beingness' usage is the important one, and the one the OP refers to when he talks about N. saying to "abide in it" (clearly he didn't mean abide in the ego-identity).

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 03:17
george's picture

who is OP?

who is OP?

I found Nisargadatta's descriptions very consistent throughout "I Am That".

They indeed somehow change in the later years and especially in the last talks in the days before he passed away.

george | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 09:51
nancy pro's picture

Don't overlook the gold

Phroggy - are you familiar with the tale Eckhart Tolle mentions in the beginning of "The Power of Now"? about a bagger sitting on a box full of gold for years without knowing it?

Give Nisargadatta a chance. Give "I Am That" a chance. It is nothings similar to any other text and you are so fortunate to encounter it given the fact that Nisargadatta is relatively not that popular and known.

I write you this only because I see the spark in your comments and posts here.

nancy pro | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 07:58
Phroggy's picture

Hi Nancy Yeah, I did give it

Hi Nancy
Yeah, I did give it a chance. I read about a third of it and wasn't hearing anything new.

In case nobody has answered it, OP means 'original poster'.

Phroggy | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 16:35
nancy pro's picture

I think the magic of his

I think the magic of his words is more in the way he says them rather than in the content. I have never encountered such a direct and clear way of phrasing these issues.

But people are different and so the texts that they feel drawn to are different, that's why there are many approaches and gurus out there so that everybody can pick the right thing for himself...

nancy pro | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 17:54
Dr.DeLight's picture

I AM?

The reason these two words are chosen is because they carry a speciifc frequency when spoken in the English language only. St. John Chp.1.1 ..."In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God".
This is what the two words mean... "YOU ARE" the 'That' which "IS". One day you will 'standunder' and experience this TRUTH.
Thanks

Dr.DeLight | Sat, 12/22/2012 - 12:43
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Sonti comment

Broadcasting from Mt. Arunachala.

My friend the "eye"="I")does exist... just open it.

Thanks

Dr.DeLight | Wed, 12/26/2012 - 11:24
Omkaradatta's picture

What it is...

When N. refers to the "I AM", he usually means the sense of "felt Beingness" (which is normally taken to be in the body). The feeling of aliveness or existence in the body, which isn't a thought or idea but an ongoing sensation that sort of fills the entire body. One *does not* have to refer to the body conceptually to feel this, it's simply the 'inner' perception of existence as opposed to experiencing the 'outer' world. Thus, it is not a thought about 'me' or 'I' but simple/basic Being.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Thu, 08/28/2008 - 19:52
lalo's picture

On what do you base this interpretation?

On what do you base this interpretation?

Can you give quotes that support this?

lalo | Fri, 08/29/2008 - 06:22
Omkaradatta's picture

He's my guru...

... and I base it on "direct experience". There's your quote, in the sentence before this one ;-).

P.S. if you want more info, you can Email me at fewtch )at( yahoo.com, or maybe find a famous/published dead fellow to give you the sort of support you want.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Fri, 08/29/2008 - 18:08
lalo's picture

sorry, i didn't understand

sorry, i didn't understand.

How did you arrive to your conclusion of what "I Am" is? It is somewhat very different from the other interpretations I have seen.

Why email? Let's let others benefit too, if you don't mind of course...

lalo | Fri, 08/29/2008 - 20:35
Omkaradatta's picture

Simple...

I found out through "just BE-ing, without being this or that", as N. prescribed. The sense of "I-Am-Ness" is simply the sense of localness, here-ness if you will. Your sense of presence or Being, which isn't involved in thought.

This is not a far-out conclusion by any means, it's simply verifiable by anybody who cares to verify. Just stop thinking about externals, turn inward, turn to your sense of Beingness - easily recognizable, as there's no other Beingness around but that. If you can't find it, you're deeply caught up in the mind, lost in it.

Pay full attention to your arms, legs, torso, head, the whole gestalt of your body at once and you'll notice the current of life energy in you, a sense of Presence or existence. This is the "I Am". If you can abide in it as N. suggested, your mind will subside and you may get a 'glimpse' of something...

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 01:58
lalo's picture

A few questions

Hey tnx!

A few questions regarding what you explained:

When I did it in the past, I felt as if I am present but not here, not in the body. I felt that the body and the senses are external layers separating "me" from the here, from the external surroundings. You suggest to pay attention to the body organs which seems to me as still preserving the "I Am THAT", of being SOMETHING.

Is what you describe can be termed as being a subject without objects observed (as someone here suggested)? This depiction is easier for me to adopt but I want to be sure that we are talking about the same thing.

lalo | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 07:45
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Answers...

> When I did it in the past, I felt as if I am present

That's what you want, to feel as if you are present.

> I felt that the body and the senses are external layers
> separating "me" from the here...

What you really mean above is that you *thought* that. You're thinking too much. What you're looking for is to feel your own sense of existence - it may feel like a sort of 'glow' of Presence. It doesn't matter where it's located.

> Is what you describe can be termed as being a
> subject without objects observed

You could say that, but again this isn't about descriptions or terms, this is about feeling your Presence and abiding there. Just be. It may take awhile to get in touch with it.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 09:03
lalo's picture

i wish thinking could have bring me to such realizations

> I felt that the body and the senses are external layers
> separating "me" from the here...

It is much more than thinking, when you experience this... you are like being reduced to a dimensionless point... you can't observe "your" body... you realize that you are not "here"... it is like you have an access to things through a periscope (your senses)... it is hard to describe in words... never mind

lalo | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 09:06
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Description...

Let me describe what things 'feel like' here. There's no sense of inner/outer at all, I'm simultaneously aware of the whole body and external surroundings. It's as if my Being extended everywhere. It's neither an inner focus nor an outer focus, but both at the same time.

The mind separates and divides 'inner' from 'outer', because we're used to thinking that way -- we have little/no awareness of our Being normally, we're lost in either thoughts or (individual) perceptions.

Can you get a sense of the 'gestalt' of your existence? I don't mean you the "thought-person", but you as a Being. Otherwise, I don't know what to say...

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 09:21
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Mind states

Hi Lalo
I'm getting it that you had a powerful experience and that you're wanting to get there again. I don't dismiss such experiences because they're meant to show us something, but the danger is becoming attached to these experiences. Lots of folks have experiences of Oneness or bliss or divine Love or whatever it might be, and spend decades trying to repeat it, while really it was meant as only a one-time glimpse. I've had a few powerful glimpses myself that never happened again and didn't need to. One of the problems in repeating it is that there's a 'me' trying to do that while the first time it likely happened because the 'me' didn't show up for whatever reason.

The problem is that these experiences take the form of mind states. Mind is capable of infinite mind states. One way we can tell it is a mind state is that it didn't last. All states come and go. Another way we can tell is that there's a 'me' that this experience happened to, and of course the 'me' is an illusion.

You may find it frustrating to decribe these experiences to others because it was uniquely yours. Again, not to dismiss the significance of it for you, but it's a little like describing an LSD trip and expecting others to recognize it.
Does that make any sense?

Phroggy | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 16:57
lalo's picture

an no no no

I totally agree with you but this is not the case. I can easily enter into this state whenever I want by abiding in the being of subject without objects, as i understand this state. Then, I immediately feel estranged to the body and then when I check if I am present here and now, I then feel that the here is not actually here in the room where my body is but in some non-dimensional non-physical "place" and that I sense the "here" of the body second-hand through the body and senses.

I noticed it a few years ago while practicing the "state of presence" of Gurdjieff. Whenever I was deep in it, I never felt that my presence is here in this physical spot. At the beginning I was upset and then respected this. This impression stayed with me ever since when I do something involved with presence, being in the here and now, being etc.

I did have a few nice glimpses over the years and yes i did try to repeat them and yearned very much for them but then also arrived to the conclusion that it is beyond my control so I let it go...

lalo | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 17:43
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Interesting...

That's interesting, and sounds like a 'correct' perception - you are not the body, but timeless Being. The body is an object, awareness is the subject.

Has this affected your life in any way - are you more peaceful, or anything? What happens to 'bring you back' to the body?

If you're coming in and out of it, it's a mind state as Phroggy said, however it could be a productive one in terms of 'seeing' the truth.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 18:25
Phroggy's picture

But.......

But have you ever experienced your presence as anywhere but right here? I seem to have trouble with that.

Phroggy | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 21:44
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Dunno

His description is sorta cryptic (got a feeling English isn't his first language), so I don't know for sure.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 21:47
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It's hard to describe in words

It's hard to describe in words. The closest description is that I felt I am a dimensionless point, not here, not there, just a point, certainly not in this euclidean space.

btw, I felt exactly the same when I was practicing Ramana's self enquiry after long sessions of receding of the "I".

lalo | Sun, 08/31/2008 - 07:29
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It is a mind state. Whenever

It is a mind state. Whenever I am not fully aware I return to identify with my body. But ever since when I stop the daily automatic mode and check my body, I always feel naturally, clearly and instantly that I am not the body. That's the residue I have got from that experience.

I cannot say that it affected my life in the way you mention. The things that truly affected my life to be more peaceful or happy were (1) when I started accepting and observing mental objects instead of resisting them as I had done for years (suddenly all emotional pains are not translated into suffering anymore and thus do not bother me anymore) and (2) When I learned to stop my thinking (in a similar way to the ones described in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/stopping-thinking-no-conflict and in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/reverse-bootstrapping-shutdown-mind ) - this was truly a magic. It made me way more peaceful and insightful and strange things started happening around, just by stopping the thinking process.

lalo | Sun, 08/31/2008 - 07:21
Phroggy's picture

Nice work

That sounds great, Lalo.
From my perspective, which may or may not be useful, some clarity has occurred, essentially from your own dedication, and this is what has resulted in the changes. The methods and practices themselves are more of an expression of this dedication and take the form of a story written about how these changes came about.

Accepting does not really come about through practice, but through the willingness to accept. It's really that simple. If your willingness to accept takes the form of a practice such as standing on your head and singing the Star spangled banner, then this 'practice' will seem to have brought about acceptance.

This has no significance except possibly the realization that you did nothing but cease the resistance of your doing, and this realization could bring about a deeper humility that may further convince ego that it truly can do nothing but sit in the corner and suck it's thumb. This is the most powerful thing it can do because nothing else stands in the way. Ego may get angry, or it may hang it's head and give you the sad puppy eyes, but just ignore it. This is a good thing.

Phroggy | Sun, 08/31/2008 - 18:20
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Thanks phroggy

Thanks phroggy, i really appreciate what you wrote.

As you say: acceptance is terribly easy. There was someone here once who cried out loud how acceptance is effective and easy and yet so few adopt it (http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/end-suffering-so-simple) and I identified with her words so much.

I don't know if I was the one who dropped resistance or it just happened, what I can say is that it is terribly effective.

The acceptance worked miraculously for me. Mental obsessions, mental pains, jealousy, emotional residues, anger, just name it, all turned one day into "pain only" and stopped affecting me. Most of the things just vanished without me even noticing as they did not bother me anymore. All this happened after years of psychoanalysis. I was amazed to see how such a simple switch in my mind's patterns was so influential.

I consider this acceptance stuff more of a psychology thing than of a spirituality thing although I have the feeling that it has some importance also in the spiritual aspect.

Yes, I find myself very committed on the path and I even don't know why. I am not one of those who desire enlightenment and I am already happy and content in daily life. It is just a very strong pull like the urge to eat that one day 10 years ago caught me and unlike other things in my life has not dropped ever since.

lalo | Sun, 08/31/2008 - 21:37
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Psychospirituality

Yeah, I see a lot of psychology in this stuff too. In fact, I studied psychology before I ever became involved in spirituality, and existential psychology was my introduction. We could say it's all spiritual stuff I guess, but the difference seems to be a set of notions that help us to transcend some limits that psychology doesn't even recognize as existing.

There's no reason to ever accept that ultimate dualistic fulfillment isn't possible until it's seen clearly that it isn't. There's no reason to surender control unless control is seen for the illusion it is. No reason to stop improving ego as long as the person is believed to be real.

Still, psychology is very helpful in ending the games of unconscious denial and projection.

Phroggy | Sun, 08/31/2008 - 22:00
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Eating

It's interesting, as you said you weren't feeling you were the body, and yet eating entirely promotes the body. It supports the Beingness or "I Am" (N. talked about this quite a bit in his later talks, referring to the food-body supporting the Beingness). I have a theory as well that those who over-eat are using it as a way to return to themselves and the feeling of Beingness.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Mon, 09/01/2008 - 01:24
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Porridge and Being

This is so true, not just for those who overeat. I don't meditate much but when I finish my porridge in the morning and I had a nice cup of coffee and may be a toast and a piece of fruit I feel so satisfied and fulfilled that I don't want to get up from the table. I just stay there, my mind is happy, sitting in the corner and sucking it's thumb and my body is happy, sitting comfortably on the chair with nothing to do...and I find some lovely peace and quiet and a true sense of Being, just Being...until I fall asleep. Then it's time to get up.

mayasurfer | Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:03
Gilana's picture

Response

My guru has asserted that the only thing human beings are ever doing is attempting to align themselves with God's will (God's will can be read as "Beingness"; it is synonymous with all of the big words,truth, God, existance, take your pick.) It's interesting that your theory of over-eating seems to have the same flavor.

Gilana | Wed, 09/02/2009 - 15:14
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The Body

The I AM is the "All" and the elemental body is but one of 6 other bodies which the Presence has created in order to experience its various projections in The Cosmic Physical Plane.
Stating "you are not the body" only confuses the uninitiated. The I AM is the Gestalt. The physical body is a divine principal as well and should not be excluded from the over all picture.
You are correct to say one should not identify with the physical body as being ones essence which is the I AM.
Always 'affirm' never 'negate'. 'Include' not 'exclude' any aspect of creation/consciousness. It is true the physical body is not you but certainly an aspect of the I AM.
Thanks

P.S.
This is not the age of 'Realization' but the age of 'Actualization'. One accomplish this by outpicturing the Presence in the 3D world; hence the need of the physical body.

Dr.DeLight | Sat, 12/22/2012 - 16:49
Gilana's picture

I am is what god says

A part can't speak for the whole.

Gilana | Wed, 12/26/2012 - 06:28
Quantum's picture

Inner Body Awareness?

Is this the same thing as "inner body awareness" that Tolle talks about?

Quantum | Thu, 09/17/2009 - 21:13
shond's picture

Like the case of Gurdjieff's "Remember yourslef"

It reminds me the case of Gurdjieff's "remember yourself". Also central in the doctrine, also an instruction to enter into a certain mental state and also terribly enigmatic and thus prone to numerous interpretations and misinterpretations of followers.

shond | Sat, 08/30/2008 - 12:08
erez's picture

Be "there is"

The "I Am" is indeed a bit enigmatic in Maharaj's texts while it is a central issue in his teachings.

Strange. Let's speculate why it was so and then maybe we could arrive at a learned conclusion about its meaning. You cannot blame Maharaj for being negligent in his descriptions. Also, it is unlikely that him not describing in detail the exact meaning of "I Am" is some kind of a trick because Maharaj plays no tricks, he is very direct.

My conclusion therefore was that this "state" is simply impossible to be described in words.

Indeed, for things that cannot be described in mind-understandable words (which naturally are the most valuable), we sometimes need some signposts, some vague clues so that we can begin our quest somewhere and then let something to navigate us onwards.

Specifying what the thing is NOT usually serves as a good signpost as it tries to define the thing using concepts that we are already familiar with (by negating them). So "I Am" is indeed no objects. But according to my experience it is also without the subject. It is just a being, a "what is there" that seems to be originated from and to necessitate the subject but it does not.

"Being subject without observing objects" is a very good start for abiding in the "I Am" but at some point you should also loose the center, the subject. It is not "abide in the I", the "I Am" is not the subject nor the objects, it is more of "what is" that precedes the introduction of the subject and the objects.

For me the sentence "Be 'there is'" served better than "Abide in the 'I Am'". Note that it is not "Be in the 'there is'" or "Abide in the 'there is'" but directly "Be 'there is'". The I in the "I Am" always made my mind be drawn to the "I" while the "I Am" is the very being that looks like "the being of the 'I', the subject" but actually it does not need the subject and was there prior to the subject (which actually never been there but this is another story...).

erez | Sun, 08/31/2008 - 22:19
Omkaradatta's picture

I agree (finding the I Am)

Fwiw, I agree with this interpretation. The mental "I" requires a mental "you", but the "I Am" does not, as it's the sense of Being (and obviously we can't feel the Beingness of others directly through them). So there's no objective Beingness to be found, thus no subjective.

You know the sense of comfort/ease throughout the body after eating a meal? That's the Beingness (in one version, anyway). When you're enraged, the feeling of 'burning' in the body is the Beingness in another incarnation. The feel of being intoxicated on alcohol or drugs is yet another 'tainted' Beingness. Find the pure Beingness that exists in between these states as well, and abide in it. This really isn't difficult or complicated... the mind likes to over-complicate everything. N. wouldn't have recommended it if it wasn't easily available to everyone.

P.S. the Beingness is supported by the body, but it isn't the body... so don't worry about it affirming the body. It's affirming the I Am, not the body. There's no need to give the body a single thought (and in fact you should not). This is about feeling your Being, not thinking about the body.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Mon, 09/01/2008 - 02:26
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P.S. Supporting this

For anyone who's wondering "Are you sure about this interpretation of I Am" the answer is yes. I would stake my life on it. The reason for the ego (plus corresponding negative emotions) is that we lost touch with our Being at an early age, and so ego arises, along with corresponding feelings that 'bring us back' to the Beingness. It's the mental way we get back in touch with our Being, so to speak. Get back in touch with it now, and there's no need anymore for the ego.

"All is due to your having forgotten your own Being" - Nisargadatta, I Am That

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Mon, 09/01/2008 - 03:13
banana's picture

Thanks!

Thanks omkaradatta, erez, phroggy, lalo and nancy,

You are doing a huge service in sharing this knowledge with others and stimulating these out-of-the-box discussions.

banana | Mon, 09/01/2008 - 07:32
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Pleasure... and fwiw...

It's a pleasure... and (as this is a Guru site, I thought I'd add) - in my view, 'outside the box' is what you should be getting from a 'proper' guru. If not, he's parroting, and probably in there with ya ;-).

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Tue, 09/02/2008 - 01:32
banana's picture

I totally agree

I totally agree. Unfortunately, so few of the gurus really generate out-of-the-box insights (and out-of-the-box can be sometimes a very trivial statement too).

banana | Tue, 09/02/2008 - 08:54
angel76's picture

Minimize yourself

Just reduce yourself to the minimum, whatever you see pertaining to yourself, subtract.

You can try to abide in the "I Am" directly or else you can do it indirectly by using Ramana's Self Enquiry. Both end in the same state of "I Amness", see in Self Inquiry - Tips the 4th tip.

angel76 | Mon, 09/01/2008 - 23:21
george's picture

"I AM" in "Seeds of Consciousness"

see http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/advices-nisargadatta-part-2#comment-2443

It is an excellent collection of Maharaj's explanations of "I AM" from the book "Seeds of Consciousness".

george | Wed, 12/17/2008 - 21:11
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Hi

The answer is very simple
and should have been the most obvious, unless the most obvious wasn't hidden from the eyes of the unawared.

I am, is actually just that...I am.
and it is the recognition of yourself.

it's written everywhere that the thing that we're not aware of is Ourselves. we don't see ourselves, we don't know ourselves, and we're not Ourselves.

if you didn't see your father for lets say 10 years...at the moment you'll meet him...you will shout...Daddy!
it will happen immediately in the moment you recognize him.

That's also what happens when you get to meet yourself
as obscure as it may sound
the recognition of consciousness with and in itself is expressed, not by "Daddy" ;) but with 'I am'.

It is the Action of being.

I never read any of Nisargadatta's books
and never liked the title "I am that"...always thought that the 'that' addition is spoiling the uncompromisable direction of "I am".

repeating "I am" in one's mind anyhow doesn't really imitates the real thing, but any sincere practice of "I am" awareness, even if questional, immediately invokes a certain awareness to one's self.
the awareness energy is turning over to yourself at once
and it may also be noticed that that's the opposite direction of the regular mind which is usually pointed Outside...to the external, instead of to the internal.

so the I am practice is pointing directly to the core
and that's why I believe he used it as his main practice.

Gurdjieff also mentioned and used 'I am' quite a lot
he wrote somewhere that when an aware man is referring himself...a rolling Thunder of 'I am' is being expressed in the center of his being.

and there's also his famous quote: "life is real only then when I am"

Equilibs | Fri, 06/19/2009 - 12:12
Mastercvvyoga's picture

" I am "

I dont know I can makeyou understand or not -

Specially in spirituality you are divided yourself into 3 parts.
They are 1. Body 2.Mind(nothing but thinking) and 3.Soul.
When you do meditation, you will reach certain levels, where you will find "I am".
Here body and mind are not permanent. The soul is the permanent. That Permaneant is 'Iam'.
Suppose if somebody asks you a question, that - who are you? If you are not in the depth, you will answer Iam so and so and my name is...
When you reach deeper levels you will answer- Iam a Soul. This is my Souls Body. As the soul takes number of births, the soul is permanant there not the body. This is what "Iam".

khbbind

Mastercvvyoga | Thu, 07/30/2009 - 06:52
Gilana's picture

What does "I Am" mean?

That's what God says.

(You can substitute truth, existance, love, etc. for the word God if it bugs you. It's all the same thing.)

Gilana | Wed, 08/05/2009 - 20:12
Gilana's picture

I Am

Oh, by the way, I guarantee you that my answer is not speculation.

Good luck.

Gilana | Mon, 08/10/2009 - 05:30
silencio's picture

what?

I don't have a clue what you wanted to say in these two comments and how it relates to the question in the post.

And for sure your answer is not a speculation. A speculation argues about something...

silencio | Mon, 08/10/2009 - 15:58
RandomStu's picture

What am I?

Strongly and sincerely bring up the question "What am I?" and see what appear in your own mind. Keeping that clear question is your own treasure. It doesn't matter what Nisargadatta or anyone else says on the subject. What matters is examining for yourself.

Stuart
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/booboo.htm

RandomStu | Fri, 08/28/2009 - 19:16
sisi's picture

"I Am" VS "I Thought"

This summons the phantom sense of I, The I Thought not the "I Am".

You do experience "I Am" state at some point during the self enquiry when you recede enough to the ultimate subject. You feel like a point in a dimensionless dimension. You are just are without objects.

sisi | Fri, 08/28/2009 - 23:51
RandomStu's picture

Re: "I Am" vs "I Thought"

> You do experience "I Am" state at some point

Experiences come and go all the time. We can create all sorts of names for various states that appear at some point ("I Am state" or "Mind" or "Self" or "Irving" etc).

Sometimes, you may feel like a point in a dimensionless dimension. Other times, different feelings and ideas appear and disappear. But one thing always remains clear: what do you perceive, what are you doing, just-now? It isn't dependent on any of these names, words, thoughts, ideas.

Stuart
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/booboo.htm

RandomStu | Sat, 08/29/2009 - 00:21
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Perceiving the actuality of

Perceiving the actuality of what is in front of you (something you had difficulty doing in the last post I responded to, BTW) is being conscious and present, but none of that has to do with "I Am". What should always remain clear is not the object of perception but the subject. Who or what is perceiving?

Phroggy | Sat, 08/29/2009 - 22:43
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Re: Perceiving the actuality

> Perceiving the actuality of what is in front of you
> (something you had difficulty doing in the last post I
> responded to, BTW)

How do you know what I do or don't perceive? Are you claiming to be a mind-reader?

If you're not a mind-reader, then you can IMAGINE what someone else perceives, you can PRETEND to know what someone else perceives. You can even project your own ideas onto someone else and truly believe that your projection is reality. In all these cases, your claims are disconnected from experience; just "mind games."

> What should always remain clear is not the object of
> perception but the subject.

Why?? Say you're driving down the road and come to a traffic light. If your mind is filled with thinking (concepts about "subject" or "object" or "I Am" or whatever), then how can you be clear about whether the light is red or green? Such fogginess can bring suffering to yourself, as well as innocent pedestrians.

> Who or what is perceiving?

Wonderful question! What are you? Do you know?

Stuart
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/booboo.htm

RandomStu | Sun, 08/30/2009 - 00:26
Phroggy's picture

"How do you know what I do

"How do you know what I do or don't perceive? Are you claiming to be a mind-reader?"

Maybe you didn't perceive what I said correctly. I said you didn't perceive what was in that post of mine. I know this by your response! No mind reading required.

The rest of your post has drifted even further into unconsciousness. Learning to see what is in front of you without the ego clouds should be your number one priority now. If you can't do that, how are you to see the far more subtle Truth of your Being?

Phroggy | Sun, 08/30/2009 - 03:04
Oli's picture

All good points

Whilst reading down interested in all points I couldnt help to think about the "Little Man"....He does run slower, Crazy
!!!! Prob why i am struggling meditating. People say i have A.D.H.D but reckon th ..Oh look a fire engine!

Oli | Wed, 09/02/2009 - 12:03
Quantum's picture

Abiding in I AM = Practicing "Inner Body" Awareness??????

So, after reading more of these posts, is practicing Tolle's "Inner Body Awareness" the same as "Abiding in the I AM?"

Quantum | Thu, 09/17/2009 - 21:22
RandomStu's picture

Tolle vs Nisargadatta

> after reading more of these posts, is practicing
> Tolle's "Inner Body Awareness" the same as "Abiding
> in the I AM?"

Let's say you wanted to know how many fingers there are on a hand. You wouldn't have to ask an expert, read a book, or use Google. You have your very own hands, right there at the end of your arms, so you can count the fingers for yourself.

Investigating the "I" is similar. Do you have an "I"? If not, then no problem. If you do, then you can bring up the question, "What is this 'I'?" You're inquiring into the experience that's right here, so you don't need to worry about what Tolle or Nisargadatta or anyone else thinks. Just ask for yourself, and see.

Stuart
http://stuart-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/booboo.htm

RandomStu | Sat, 10/03/2009 - 01:00
Tania's picture

What stands behind the term "I Am"

What stands behind the term "I Am" is something that can not be depicted in language, the phrase "I Am" is the closest we can say about it using language.

It is the being without subject and without the action, it sounds strange and confusing due to the limitation of language. It is not "I", it is not "am", it is what happens between these two phantoms, the relation that exists before these phantoms were invented and wrongly seems as if was created as a result of these two phantoms.

Tania | Wed, 10/21/2009 - 16:10
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EVERYTHING IS PERFECT WHY

EVERYTHING IS PERFECT
WHY DONT YOU RATHER SAY THAT IT CANT BE DESCRIBED. I THINK THAT IS CLOSEST TO WHAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT REALITY

aditya4958 | Sun, 10/25/2009 - 21:34
sisi's picture

perfect has no meaning

perfect has no meaning, it is a matter of perspective. In the same way and validity i can say that everything is imperfect.

sisi | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 13:16
aditya4958's picture

I DONT THINK HE MEANT

I DONT THINK HE MEANT ANYTHING BY TELLING "I AM THAT" TO ANY ONE ELSE; IT MEANT EVERYTHING TO HIM. NOW WE HAVE TO DISCOVER REALITY BY OUR OWN. ALL THE HELP THAT BEST SELLER CAN GIVE IS A HINT AND NOTHING ELSE. IT CANALSO BE GOOD FOR DISCUSSING A LOT OF THINGS AND FEEL TAHT WE KNOW SOMETHING. REALLY WE MAY KNOW SOMETHING BUT IT DOES NOT HELP.....

aditya4958 | Sun, 10/25/2009 - 21:45
Quantum's picture

all so confusing

All so so confusing, and complicated, and totally unhelpful. Thank God, belieiving in God is very natural to me, else I would spend decades discussing emptiness.

BEING wants nothing. Needs nothing. Needs to know nothing. It just is.

BEING has no opposite, although it (the experience of it) can be obscured.

Thoughts (i.e. identification with thoughts) obscure the experience of Being...in my case, I lose touch with the Peace of God (Presence of God), when my mind is troubled (noisy stressed), and when in the middle of noisy and stressed situations. I find peace if quiet solitude. Then I can feel the presence of God.

My practice:

Focusing on my breath/inner body awareness is not God. It is not the experience of the Presence of God. But it facilitates the experience of the presence of God. Focusing my mental activity and attention on my breath, or my foot, or my foot steps, or my hands, or any other inner body sensation, and holding it there for 2-5 or more if I'm good, seconds, forces the mind to be less noisy. When my mind is less noisy, I am more able to experience Peace. At nights when everyone else is asleep, when everything is quiet, and I am in the kitchen, I can feel more at peace. Serence. I enjoy the peace of quiet solitude.

Amen.

May you all find God.

Quantum | Sun, 10/25/2009 - 23:08
B-friend's picture

There is an experience that the mind can have.

..If you can imagine the present moment as having an awareness all of its own..If you can imagine the present moment as an entity in and of itself, and understand that there is no form to the present moment which encompasses all and exists beyond the past and the future, which are still the present to the present moment..If you can imagine that this present moment can "wake up" through you, you can begin to understand that you are not you but the presence of the ever awakening present moment. It is like a fuse that when lit, is for eternity creating a spark with no beginning and no end and leaving no trail.

Is the present moment a form? Can it be measured? Can it be limited to any quality or qualification? Only the present moment can say I am nothing yet I am. The present moment does not say "I am" and it does not say "I am nothing". It is free from nothingness and free from form. This can be a glimpse to the mind or this can be reality when the mind excuses itself from trying to BE the Present Moment.

B-friend | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 01:32
Quantum's picture

Good post...but EGO is the most cunning of all creatures

Here is why, from my experience:

It becomes my midn pretending to BE the Present Moment. Then it becomes my mind watching my mind BE the Present Moment. Then it's my mind watching my mind watching my mind watching my mind....watching my mind pretending to BE the Present Moment. Then it ....on an on. Like a feedback loop.

I resiged myself to give up that above.

Practice:
That's why I only focus on my breath/inner body awareness now. So, it becomes just my mind focusing on just my breath/inner body. And it's less noisy. When it's less noisy, I feel "more connected."

Quantum | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 18:37
B-friend's picture

Ego and God

"Ego is the most cunning of all creatures" ...Seriously

I mean look who created ego in the first place! lol

It is easy with all these experiences, philosophies, and mumbo jumbo talks to lose site of God. It's good that you remind us of this with your own experience and understandings. For me, I know I am nothing without my Father,(You can call God whatever you like..I just like father). I really don't even know how I still exist unless it is my Father anyway. And as much as one can can love God, the opposite temperament exists right along with it. So I also know I am nothing really that can love God. But, I continue to try to hold God near with ego. It just sucks when God cant be held with ego..lol..I think this begins the annihilation of ego which is a very difficult process to go through unless one can remain unattached to ego. This is where philosophies may have a use that can facilitate such a process or help one to bypass altogether such a process by expounding on the illusory nature of ego and mind. This is why Divine Grace is such a wonderful wonderful gift to us all. And what is Divine Grace without a Divine?

B-friend | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 19:43
Quantum's picture

Hello Brother..

Are you a man of God? I been looking for one on this forum.

I call him Father too, specially during prayer. Sometimes I say "Heaveny Father." Your words are music to my ears.

It's nice to see a man of God who marries Christian Grace with the eastern methods of achieving the same thing. To me, there is no conflict. Eastern methods give actual methods, practices, hope to those who somehow not born with "Faith" to have the same experience as those who were born with "Faith". That's my story, anyway.

And, still, yeah, I hear you about the mumbo jumbo. It can get out of hand, nonetheless.

A note on what you wrote: "I am nothing.."

We have to be careful about that one. Per Eckart Tolle, and I agree with it from my own experience, that to say we are nothing is just as much the ego acting up as to be arrogant.
One who feels he is some sort of "nothing", as a way of trying to be a "humble Christian" is just as much ego as one who is arrogant. It is still ego. God is none of that. Sorry.. I meant.. "BEING" is none of that.

I spent my entire childhood, early adulthood, adulthood, and until this past year, practicing this misguided version of "humility" thinking that if I sat in ashes and wore sackcloth, considered myself "unworthy" that I deserved a better heaven. Ego. All that is Ego.

And EGO, whether an Arrogan pompous one, or a humiliated one, is still ego, and ego obscures BEING.

Better to sidestep ego completely. Disassociate from it. Disidentify from it.

I focus on my breathing. Or my inner body awareness. That way, my mind is busy doing only one thing. And when it is busy with only one thing versus 1 megamillion things, BEING is less obscured. Sort of like the state of joy you have when you sit in a coffee shop on a rainy day, with a warm cop of tea or coffee, watchign teh world go by.

Sometimes I don't need to focus on my breathing. Sometimes my mind is already less noisy than at other times. And I feel connected, or "close to God." And being on the shore, I don't need to stay on the raft (i.e. method).

Sometime I need to get back on the raft (method) to quiet my mind and bring be back to the other shore.

Namaste.

Quantum | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 22:00
B-friend's picture

Absolutely no conflict

Thank you for the kind words and insights!

Speaking one's truth from the heart is under rated and under utilized and always refreshing, so thanks again. Even with a differentiation in experience and perspective that we all have, as long as we speak from the heart, the Common Truth that we all share will do the necessary speaking. This includes the hidden truths and messages in all the "mumbo jumbo". God is everywhere and in everything right?

When I was young, God was my Dad. As I grow older it is still natural for me to refer to the Personal God as my Father. The life and story of Christ were very dear to me as a youth. It was all I knew of God. This inspired in me the urge to know God as Christ new God. I mean why not? Christ even said, "Whatever I do, ye can do even greater things". I took those words to heart. I took the words "seek and ye shall find" to heart. And I also took the words "the kingdom of heaven is within you" to heart. Religions are an attempt to preserve the truths they represent..But can Truth be confined and preserved in a religion? If one seeks God, then anything that an ego or mind has created to limit God will be shattered. This is where humility is born for me. I don't think I was so humble before. I mean..I thought I could know God! lol ...Anyway, only the mind seeks to attribute qualities to the various expressions of God and thereby identify and limit itself with those qualities.

The advaitic truths are always with us whether they wear the garments of religion or philosophy or not. I've only been familiar with the philosophy of advaita since I joined this site a few months ago but some of these truths were taught to me the hard way..Which seems to be the modus operandi for alot of us. Reading Ramana Maharshi has done a lot to repair my mind and put things in order. Reading the works of some of my favorite Christians have done a lot to inspire my heart that is devoted to God. As it is, I'm not the doer right? Christians like to say "God works in mysterious ways"...So..whatever comes..humility or stupidity...Is God's work not mine.....LOL

........Good talking with you

B-friend | Tue, 10/27/2009 - 06:27
Quantum's picture

Opposites

"And as much as one can can love God, the opposite temperament exists right along with it. "

That is because there are emotions that are of the mind, and ego, which by nature contain within themselves their opposite. Love turns to hate. Excitement turns to disappoitnment. These are mind based emotions. They are the fruit of the knowledgte of opposites (i.e. of "good-evil"). Tall is understood in relationi to short. Full in relation to hungry.

Emotions that emnation from "BEING" are not really emotions at all, but STATES OF BEING. STATES of BEING have no opposite. This is the TREE of LIFE. However, they can be obscured by thoughts, identification with thoughts, and identificaiton with ego based (polar) emotions.

I just paraphraged Eckhart Tolle from A New EArth. I can find the pages if you need me to.

But I gree wit him from my experience.

Quantum | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 22:16
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this man using obnoxious word

Is this forum permits using objectionable and filthy words?
The questioner uses f..., a four letter word which is unethical and highly impolite.
I am just entering firstly into this forum and shocked to see such aword that too on such a holy webpage at very first interaction.
Can I know the feedback from others.
Kind regards/drsundaram

drsundaram | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 04:39
RandomStu's picture

Objectionable, obnoxios, and filthy

It's worth remembering that it's always our own thinking that turns mere letters and words into something obnoxious or filthy. "g" isn't more objectionable than "b"; "y" isn't less filthy than "s."

If you find a word objectionable, the root may not lie in the 3 or 4 letters or the word itself. Our own thinking attaches to the word, turning simple letters into something we believe to be obnoxious or filthy.

Stuart
http://stuart-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/booboo.htm

RandomStu | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 06:41
Quantum's picture

My mind-ego says: I see your point...here's another to consider

My mind/ego says: I see your point. But it is still a little difficult to imagine Santa Claus, or a Bell Ringing Santa Claus going around using the "F" word around kids.

FASTFORWARD to a huge stretch of the imagination:

It probably doesn't take much to be inured to more and more, where eventually casual and rampant brutality and violence is a thing that is no better or no worse than "f" being worse than "N", and ...get my drift?

This here daddy thinks some degree of propriety still needs to be adhered to or practice, because in my humble opinion it doesn't take more to be inured to more and more. So, some line has to be drawn somewhere. N'est pas?

Quantum | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 18:06
RandomStu's picture

re: another point to consider

> So, some line has to be drawn somewhere. N'est pas?

Yes indeed. The line can be drawn based on intention. Using any type of words is OK, but the intention behind the words ought to be helping other people, not just saying/doing what feels good "for me."

Stuart
http://stuart-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/booboo.htm

RandomStu | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 18:22
Gilana's picture

Beautifully Said

This momma agrees with your propriety issue completely. Children cannot be expected to understand the wider ramifications of words and therefore should be protected from that violence.

But for us "adults," there is an opportunity here to go beyond the word itself to the sayer of the word and realize that all anger (portrayed in violence) comes from a deep desire for "correctness" which stems from the deeper desire to align with God. Automatically, the "sayer" is wrong, in that any presumption of knowledge as to what is "correct" is wrong (even when it is right because of the inherent limitation), but the actual desire that stimulates it belongs to the divine.

In short, I see the word to be benign. If I can diffuse anger and violence (created in Me!) by seeing the divinity that inspired it I can respond to the person instead of reacting to the word.

Gilana | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 18:27
B-friend's picture

Nice

>>>In short, I see the word to be benign. If I can diffuse anger and violence (created in Me!) by seeing the divinity that inspired it I can respond to the person instead of reacting to the word.<<<

Beautifully put

B-friend | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 18:33
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There is a wisdom behind this "fuck"

Taste the wine and ignore the bottle, language is just the means. It is redundant to take things literally. Anyway, what can be wrong with a word, any word?

I like the fact that he used such a word. It makes people to give the attention, to get out of the automation. We are overfludded with information and this is sometimes the way to cope with this overfludding to make sure people draw their attention to the important things, and this subject of "I Am" is extremely important. I think he didn't use the word accidentally, see his other posts, he is heavy.

The same case is with the IDGF stuff which turned to be enormously effective on people partly because of the slogan ("I don't give a fuck"), see in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/idgf-state.

samsara | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 14:39
B-friend's picture

Qualities

It's seems obvious that both sides have valid and useful points. It also seems obvious that words have qualities just as thoughts, or actions, or foods have qualities. Some of these are pure and light and some of these are dark and heavy. Someone may be able to fully understand theoretically they are not the body but that doesn't mean we should down a mug full of arsenic and not have to worry about its effects. We may be able to understand that the F word is only a word made up of only letters but of course it has an effect whether you are desensitized to it or not. As long as we still swim around in the three gunas we will be effected by the three gunas(the sattvic, rajasic, and tamasic qualities)..And as long as we still function in illusion we will still be effected by its illusions. It seems obvious that the F word has a quality to it for those that are familiar with the word and it doesn't seem to be totally sattvic.

This reminds me of the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, who scientifically created a method through the medium of water to prove that words and thoughts have an effect on matter.
http://www.hado.net/hado/powerword.php
http://www.hado.net/watercrystals/index.php
http://www.hadousa.com/comparisons.html
http://www.hadousa.com/words.html

I can reason with myself that it is only a word too and can even find it endearing..lol But is it ONLY a word?

As it is, it was obviously a great use of the word as it has created a buzz around a great topic.

B-friend | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 18:22
Gilana's picture

Wisdom

Words are gurus...they evoke reaction swiftly and wake you up. Do you control them or do they control you?

I inlcude a link that elucidates the usage of the subject word...

PLEASE DO NOT REVIEW THIS LINK IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE USE OF THIS WORD!

Otherwise, it is funny and enlightening and pulls our experience of "spirituality"--our life back down to earth.

Gilana | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 16:21
Gilana | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 16:23
RandomStu's picture

re: Wisdom

Example: An eminent Buddhist teacher once said, "Even to mention the word 'Buddha' is like dropping a load of shit on your head."

Stuart
http://stuart-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/booboo.htm

RandomStu | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 16:55
Quantum's picture

I Am

I AM = Universal Mind.

Draw a small circle = this represent the Conscious Mind.
Draw a bigger circle around the small circle, about say 14 times bigger thatn the first = this represent Subconscious Mind

Both conscious mind and subconscious mind reside inside you. Specific to you only.

Universal Mind== is inside you. And all around you. Common to everyone and all things, and common to All. This represent the "I Am", "Being", "Mind of God", "God", "Divine Matrix", "Quantum Field", "Zero Point Field", "Kingdom of Heaven", "Father", "Abba", "Unity", "One", "Eternity", "Timeless Wonder", "Soure", "Source Energy", "Higher Self", "Higher Dimension of Consciousness",....etc, etc, etc......

Conscious mind and subconscious mind are the realm of opposites. Hot is understood in relation to cold. Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Subconscious mind has access to Universal Mind.

Universal Mind has no opposite. It is the realm of pure potentiality. It just IS. It is in the Present Tense. Always was, always will be, alpha-omega, and well.. it "IS."

It even said so to Moses, when it said, "I AM". Not, I was, or I will be. but "I AM."

BEING has no opposite, but it can be obscured. Too many thoughts, or identified with thoughts, obscures being.

Disidentificaiton with thoughts/mind/ego allows a higher dimension of consciousness to arise within you.

Practice: Go take a walk in nature. Go sit in a bookstore on a rainy day in teh cafe and enjoy a cup of tea with a good book. Play with your cat. Meditate.

Quantum | Mon, 10/26/2009 - 18:21
seeker's picture

supporting texts of maharaj

Where do you find support to your proposed meaning of "I Am" in Maharaj's texts???

It is completely out of the context and meaning used by Maharaj, to the best of my knowledge, I will love to see the supporting words of maharaj.

seeker | Tue, 10/27/2009 - 08:25
Quantum's picture

None at all. So shoot me.

BEING said nothing. It needs nothing. Doesn't have a want to know to know anything.

However, y Ego and my Mind Says:

It is based on my own intuitive digestion of all the books I've read. A marrying of what I understand intuitively and what I have read from other books.

I can tell that you're ego and your mind is quite ready to pounce on me. Go ahead.

:)

Quantum | Wed, 10/28/2009 - 01:35
sisi's picture

The real way is to find out what "I Am" is NOT

The power as well as the problem with "I Am" is that it is not comprehensible through words-based definition. So many people were mistaken in their speculations about "I Am", even direct devotees such as Wolinski.

The only bright explanation I heard about "I Am" was by a man in India who said more or less the following:

Like all other ultimate concepts that relate to the beyond, the only way to realize what the concept means is through negation because words, of course, cannot define it. So see what it is clearly NOT and then you will be left with the notion of this concept.

"I Am" is not "I" - i.e. it is not the subject, the center, a person, not even a soul.

"I Am" is not "Am" - i.e. it is not the action of being.

"I Am" is not "that" - i.e. it is not an object.

Therefore "I Am" is the state devoid of all the above but that includes all the above together in an unbreakable way.

See what it is by feeling and seek it. Again, make sure to realize it by negative rather than positive process.

sisi | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 13:40
erez's picture

Well said

Well said. This negative approach seems as yielding the best explanation of "I Am" here and the practical recommendation at the end is precious - follow that which remains when you omit all that "I Am" is not and sense it rather than intellectualize it.

erez | Mon, 01/11/2010 - 21:38
sawantve's picture

He explained meaning at the

He explained meaning at the start of his book:

"That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings, who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless being -- I am that."

To me I am that means, I am the part of that Universal giant super consciouness, I am also part of that.

sawantve | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 13:57
sisi's picture

Two different concepts

The question here was about "I Am", not "I am That" - these are two different concepts used by Maharaj.

"I Am That" means I am everything (not part of it) and is taken from the scriptures. "I Am" is more complicated to understand as demonstrated in this forum.

sisi | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 14:01
Quantum's picture

I AM That,, and I Am Not That

Ram Dass gave a very nice summary of two apparently paradoxical approaches that lead to the same end.

One is through negation. I am not this, I am not that, I am not (fill in any word you wish.) What remains is the inconceivable Absolute.

The second is to take everything into you, and to realize oneness with all, which leads to a oneness with the Absolute.

Sounds simply enough to know about intellectually. So, how come I don't actually experience it? What is getting in the way of experiencing it? My desire is strong, it costs no money, but why is it that I do not have the experience?

It's like, I know about New York, from reading, videos, media, second hand stories, but I have never experienced New York first hand; have never BEEN there.

Is it my thoughts that prevents the experience of Union with the Absolute?

Quantum | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 16:23
sawantve's picture

I am the supreme soul

He explained meaning at the start of his book:

"That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings, who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless being -- I am that."

To me, I am that means, I am the part of that Universal Supreme giant super consciouness, I am also part of that supreme soul.

sawantve | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 13:58
Quantum's picture

I knew that...now I want to experience it.

Very much like a virgin who wants to finally experience sex.

Interesting enough, the bible seems to use sexuality and marriage as metaphors for Union with God (The Absolute). The song of Solomon, if I remember correctly, is about the lover's (us) desire for the Beloved (The Absolute).

And Jesus used wedding's and marriages in his parables. And Jerusalem was depicted somewhere in the Bible as the Bride of God. I don't remember if that symbology is in the book of Revelations.

Funny how real life models Spirituality.

I can even use Video Games on DVD to explain a concept of how time does not exist, past present, future, even with personal choices along the way, are already all there. Diff topic...lol.

Quantum | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 16:31
RandomStu's picture

Re: I knew that...

> now I want to experience it. Very much like a virgin
> who wants to finally experience sex.

If in this metaphor, sex represents experiencing God or Truth... then in fact you're already experiencing God or Truth right now, every moment. So you're not so much like a virgin wanting to experience sex, more like a prostitute who somehow thinks she's a virgin.

Stuart
http://stuart-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
http://home.comcast.net/~sresnick2/booboo.htm

RandomStu | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 17:18
Quantum's picture

Hey Stu....

I ready our blog about "satvia(?)". Very interesting stuff. You said somethings that I was considering yesterday, and recently. Anyway, I can relate to your stories.

This quote from you: "...more like a prostitute who somehow thinks she's a virgin."

Heavens, that can be taken any way. But, choosing the path that a Buddha might have taken, i.e. what would Buddha do..I'll go ahead turn the other cheek and and take that as a compliment.

Cheers.

Quantum | Thu, 01/07/2010 - 03:33
Gilana's picture

You already know why

You said, "One is through negation. I am not this, I am not that, I am not (fill in any word you wish.) What remains is the inconceivable Absolute.

The second is to take everything into you, and to realize oneness with all, which leads to a oneness with the Absolute."

Why not pick one and do it? Keep it up all day, as much as you are conscious. Each thought that appears "I am not that" or "That, too, is a part of me." How much do you want it?

My Guru teaches this--he sets up the experience of negation...he offers a 13 week class to help people first recognize their thoughts, then experience the truth about them. I'm sure other masters offer this, too.

I'll tell you a secret that I know from experience...if you can really do it, with just one thought, it will work. I experienced it when I dropped the lifelong "knowing" that my mother was a power greater than me. When still a child, I faced her and knew in my heart that she was just a child, too. My heart relaxed it's position of fear and contraction and went the other way into increasing compassion for her. That did it! But it doesn't work with your head, only a "change of heart" did it.

This is why the masters stress renunciation...all of your rules are walls keeping you out.

P.S. Talking about it won't do anything for you other than help you towards the decision to "do it."

All of this is what my Beloved, my Guru has brought to me.

Gilana | Wed, 01/06/2010 - 17:31
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I Am and I

Dear Friends,

If 4 cards converge from 4 different directions on each other and finally touch each other , there is a space between them. This space can have any shape square, rectangle( say if it is three cards a traingle etc).Now we now the cards are "real".So how "real" is the shape? can we say that the traingle/square is also real? Or is it only "space"?

that space is the "I".One of the cards could be the body. One of the cards could be the memories. One card definetly is the " I AM" or the sense of being. maybe we can do away with all the cards except one. The I AM.

A person can still say " I" even if all the memories are wiped clean but none amonst us can say I if the" I Am/ sense of being is taken away. SO I and I Am are one and the same. So this gopinadh/james/robert/ego or the I still remain as long as this sense of I Am is percieved. Only when it is not , say like in sleep the person/gopinadh/ roberts/ego/I , also dissapear.

To some I Am is a sense of being, sweet, self love and the love to be.But looking at a different perspective I Am is also instinctively realised as the craving, the original desire which Buddha supposedly talks of.

That is why Nisargadatta maharaj himself states that even this I Am is not the ultimate. I recollect maharaj even goes on saying that even I AM is also a lie and only a concept.

A concept much like the card example.However this I Am need not be a card but in its own realm it itself could be a shape formed by converging of other cards. For instance the cards of consciousness, senses, craving etc.

Then where is that freedom or self realisation.It is like saying there is no self so what is to be realised. And as though like UG says there is no hope.I think that this comment is getting too lengthy. I would stop here and shallnot vex you further but I will end it by sharing with you that there is really no hope. Because what is is more than hope.More beautiful than the self. More whole and more fun. Bye.

gopinadh | Mon, 01/11/2010 - 11:11
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Brilliant

The cards allegory is brilliant. Brilliant.

And indeed Maharaj in later books encourages to go even beyond "I Am".

But "I" and "I Am" are certainly not the same. Maharaj has never said or implied that it is so, on the contrary.

"I Am" is a sense of being devoid of anything else. It is being after you peel everything, including the sense of "I", sweetness, love, craving, desire and all the other qualities you mention. And still after all the peeling, a distilled sense of being remains, this is "I Am".

erez | Mon, 01/11/2010 - 21:29
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I and I Am

Dear Friends

I say “ I” because “ I AM”. A tree has come out of a small seed. That tree is not the seed one might say. How come? ..another person might say” How come? The tree is the very seed. Any way,

Dear friends a sense of being cannot be a distilled sense of being or a composite one. It is simply a sense of being. The I Am might look sacred, fundamental, peaceful when compared to a person/ego/gopinadh/james/ . And it might look that abiding hence in that “I Am” is enlightenment or the self. Such an idea is further cherished because by abiding in that “ I AM” we instinctively realise a feeling of oneness and such pleasant experiences. But dear friends with whom do we then have a felling of oneness? For a “1” to be there has to be a 2.

Dear friends isn’t this what our grandpa nisarga tries telling us? Isnt this what our Buddha lovingls calls us to see? Dear Friends this “ I AM” or this sense of being( okay distilled , peaceful, simple have your say) is the very root of separation. Dear Friends This “ I AM” is the very root /seed of the tree called or known as ego/person/gopinadh..

Stand up dear friends,( like hanuman did when he was about to jump towards lanka) stand up, I say, realise that this I AM itself is the ego.

Then find “you” have wings. Then find “you” are the heart of a tender butterfly. Then find that “ you” know absolutely nothing and are still suckling like a new born baby. Dear Friends stand up I say.

Hee hee got poetic. And friend when I say “ you” please don’t take it that it is a self or any thing like that. You are not what you perceive ,neti neti right? So just ask yourself who then is looking at this “ I Am’.One answer would be it itself is looking, being a pure awareness, a distilled/peaceful sense of being that it is. OR you can stand up like Hanuman did and say there is no one looking at it. Simply that. No one is looking at it.Bang in that instant dear friends gopinadhprabhala/ Roberts/ james /ego ends up being a laughter( I am not denying it will cease or anything but hey a laughter). A heart full and heartfelt laughter.

Bye

gopinadh | Tue, 01/12/2010 - 06:40
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dear friends, kindly read in

dear friends,
kindly read in the last para " I am not denying it will cease......." as " I am not saying it will cease or anything". Bye.

gopinadh | Tue, 01/12/2010 - 07:02
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"Nisargadatta Maharaj gives

"Nisargadatta Maharaj gives seekers the same advice his guru gave him: abide in the "I Am".

I have looked and looked and couldn't find in "I Am That" him explaining exactly what he means by that. Maybe it is included in other books.

Anyone know?"

Old trail, probably cold, but maybe not, and it's a good question.

I think that the answer's in 'I Am That', but I also think that even if you study it, it's not easy to understand.

* He says there are both real and unreal versions of the 'I Am':

"Q: Is the sense 'I am' real or unreal?

N: Both. It is unreal when we say: 'I am this, I am that.' It is real when we mean 'I am not this, nor that.'"

So, there are different kinds of 'I am'.

* He contrasts it with what he calls the witness:

"Q: Is 'I am' itself the witness, or are they separate?

A: Without one the other cannot be. Yet they are not one. It is like the flower and its colour. Without flower - no colours; without colour - the flower remains unseen. Beyond is the light which on contact with the flower creates the colour. Realize that your true nature is that of pure light only, and both the perceived and the perceiver come and go together."

This is really interesting, cuz it means that the 'I Am' isn't your true nature. This is emphasized again when N. says: "The 'I Am' is always witnessed."

So, neither real nor unreal 'I am' are what you are, because both of them are witnessed. So, my idea of the 'I am' is that it's simply how you experience yourself - the idea you have of yourself, basically, but with all the emotions that arise out of that and all the sensations you ascribe to that. So, if you think of yourself as your body, that's your 'I am'. If you think of yourself as your personality, that's your 'I am'. And if you've seen through both of those illusions, then that state of not buying into 'I'm my personality and my body' is your 'I am'.

* Next, you can be without an 'I am'. N. reported this about his own awakening:

"The mind ceased producing events. The ancient and ceaseless search stopped - I wanted nothing, expected nothing - accepted nothing as my own. There was no 'me' left to strive for. Even the bare 'I am' faded away."

So again, the 'I am' isn't what you are, but something witnessed by what you are. It can, as Nisargadatta says, fade away, drop away. So although he doesn't come right out and say it, my take on the 'I am' is that it's what we call self-image - how you see yourself, how you feel yourself, what you take yourself to be.

* Now, the interesting bit is why he recommends hanging out in the 'I am'. (Presumably he's talking about the real 'I am' that refuses to identify with anything it experiences.) My guess is that he recommends it simply because it worked for him. But there's a possibility that it's a universal approach that works for most people, simply because the 'I am' is somehow a mere step away from what you really are, that it's somehow closer to real identity because everything that is expressed by reality expresses itself via the 'I am' and everything that is experienced by reality is experienced via the 'I am'. (Actually, N. calls the witness the bridge, but he also says that witness and 'I am' are inextricably linked, so perhaps the 'I am' is like having a foot on the bridge. Pure speculation on my part, of course.)

:-)

dobro | Sat, 01/23/2010 - 01:01
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It's easier and accessible than what you may think!

Indeed this concept of "I Am" is making a lot of confusion. It does so because people tend to think that due to its enormous importance, it must be something very difficult to spot and observe. But its beauty is that it is simple. I say this with the utmost certainty and knowledge. You must trust me on that.

"I Am" is still a mind object, it is still a mental concept BUT its uniqueness is that it is the last concept (or rather the first, when you wake up), it is the last frontier, the last place where the mind can take you and there you stop and wait for the "messenger of the other side" to pick you up.

It's a trivial notion you always carry with yourself of being, it is still a feeling of individuality but that is not cluttered with the identification with the body, very similar to the common feeling of "I am the body" but softer, more relaxed, it is a clearer sense of you, some sense of yourself as a mental entity rather than a physical entity. Just close your eyes, do not search for something supernatural or complicated or fleeting, it is there always, soft and quiet and simple, some sense of individuality but that is not concentrated in the sense of being the body. Do it without effort, without big expectations and concepts, and you will see it. Then stick to it, don't expect fireworks or special outcomes, just stick to it. Be diligent and spare whatever free time you have to be there. That's all, the rest is out of your responsibility and will happen sometime, it's not your business or preoccupation when.

You may or may not notice at some point after watching that "I Am" sense that it is associated with the area of the chest ("Heart"), it is not important, stick to the watching, do not look for it in the chest, this is just a possible side effect, trying to look for it in the area of the chest is looking outwardly while you should look inwardly.

And just look with no effort or desire, in a quiet playful manner.

dora | Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:22
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I AM

"Be still and know that I AM."

If and when you really let that flow through you, you will change.

How many people really really know that divinity, god, truth, whatever you want to call the consciousness that creates, really IS? Can you feel it flowing through you, creating you, and everything else...living consciousness?

I AM means alive and real.

Gilana | Fri, 03/25/2011 - 09:32
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This is exactly what I meant by complicating the simple

These are exactly the concepts that complicate this matter and turn it into what it is not. Leave aside for now all the divinity, god truth, flowing, creating and other concepts and just stick to the simple technical abiding in the sense of being. It is so trivial and so simple as long as you do not incorporate all these concepts on it and thus giving the mind its toys and making this technique useless.

dora | Fri, 03/25/2011 - 10:23
Gilana's picture

But...

I think you are confusing "concept" with "method."
I meant to convey a method, not a concept. It's not something you think about, it's something you do.

Gilana | Sat, 03/26/2011 - 01:41
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I like to think Nisargadatta

I like to think Nisargadatta would say something like 'it's something that's done; there's no one that does it'. The 'I am' is sort of halfway between 'I' do it and 'it happens'. I'm talking experience, not method, not concept.

dobro | Sat, 03/26/2011 - 02:41
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I like to think dobro

Well, I'm talking experience and it sounds like you are, too.

My experience is I start with I, then start noticing it happening, then stay with it happening (what I meant by flowing through you, although if it bugs, I will drop the "you") then at some point come back to I---like I get up to do the dishes.

But it's still going on - my attention is just not on it.

Gilana | Sat, 03/26/2011 - 05:26
dobro's picture

It's all going to be

It's all going to be concepts on the internet, Dora.

Unless you can come up with a way to stop that. :D

dobro | Sat, 03/26/2011 - 06:45
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No matter the venue...

No matter the venue, it will be exactly how anyone wills or is willing to see it. Concepts, gibberish, lies, falsities, misunderstandings, etc. In others, perhaps a useful recognition. And in others, seeds for exploration.

Each with their own perception. The perception being the limitation.

B-friend | Sat, 03/26/2011 - 12:17
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For god sake, do instead of philosophize

Look all of you what you do - you were so fortunate to be among the few to be exposed to a powerful, unique and yet very simple method - abiding in the "I Am" - and instead of sticking to it and just doing it, you let your mind philosophize, debate, analyze if this is a concept or not concept, if this is doing or not doing - Jesus, don't you see the absurdity? It's like a group of chefs who will debate endlessly about a recipe instead of just baking the fucking cake, like a dieing patient who will analyze for months the content of the medicine which is about to save his life instead of just swallowing it...

Do you need more allegories to realize the shape in the mirror?

Just, be quiet for a while and abide in the "I Am", don't let yourself being a slave of your polemic smart-ass mind.

dora | Sat, 03/26/2011 - 16:55
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But you're using concepts

But you're using concepts too, Dora. It's necessary when we communicate. The biggest difference I find, however between the concepts and communication of beings like Nisargadata, Mooji, and Balsekar and most of the people I find on online forums is that the former help me quiet the mind, and the latter...not. The limitations of using words as pointers isn't quite as limited when the person using them isn't a person.

:-)

dobro | Sat, 03/26/2011 - 17:59
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Don't you see what this wise

Don't you see what this wise mona lisa is trying to tell you? There is a difference between using simple concrete concepts as a means of conveying a method and between appending abstract concepts to the method and dwelling and discussing and indulging in them instead of just following the method - you were given the recipe, now go and bake the magic cake.

leo | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 07:42
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there is nothing wrong with talking about it

There is nothing wrong with talking about it, especially if you understand that talking about it is ONLY talking about it. So, when your 'wise Mona Lisa' writes a really long post about her ideas concerning 'I am', that's okay. And when she subsequently criticizes people for expressing *their* ideas about 'I am', that's okay too. And when I tell you that I think online non-duality forums tend to be either useless or dangerous for seekers who are developing useful understanding of this, that's okay too. All of this is okay, but less than useful. If there is/are seekers in this thread who are looking for something more substantial than online discussion and who are confused by the play of ideas here, I'd recommend they abandon threads like this and instead access the teachings of Nisargadatta, Mooji, Adyashanti, Ramesh Balsekar. Your understanding may still take its own sweet time arriving, but you'll be working with better pointers, better indications, better input in the meantime.

dobro | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 17:37
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Bake the effing Cake

Brilliant..lol

One thing I see that is common by all the philosophizers and thinkers and the ones who have the concepts figured out to the T is that they love to hide behind the comfort of assuming that no one knows except those teachers they try to emulate. As soon as they're comfort is threatened, they flip the script and argue that anything said has no validity and then go on attack. It's really amazing to see this played out all the time.

The bullshit(not the cake:) is quite thick and it does take a sturdy knife to cut through it sometimes.

B-friend | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 03:18
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"You"

"That" is what the mind has never conceived nor ever could. You might try to explain it as being a "place of totality in consciousness" but that doesn't do. You might try to describe it as an absolute awakening but who was ever asleep? So that doesn't do. You can attempt to describe the concept that "all is you". But, how can you convince others that only "you" exist when it is apparent that there must be "two" for one to say to another, "only you exist"?

The hardness of reality is limited to the senses. The senses together create the "sense of mind". Just as the mind is there to perceive touch, who is there to perceive mind, the sense of the senses?

Source the mind..and forget what others tell you is there. You will inevitably stumble across the things the realized used as pointers so there is no need to consider their concepts.

You are the only Truth you will ever find.

B-friend | Sat, 03/26/2011 - 06:20
Gilana's picture

I AM

I am in heaven.

Gilana | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 06:49
leo's picture

No, you are not. That which

No, you are not. That which is in heaven (or hell) evidently is not you.

leo | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 07:28
Gilana's picture

I AM

I AM in heaven
I AM not in heaven
I AM in hell
I AM not in hell
I AM heaven
I AM not heaven
I AM hell
I AM not hell
I AM light
I AM not light
I AM darkness
I AM not darkness
I AM alive
I AM dead
I AM smarter than you
I AM ignorant of what you are saying
I AM dancing when I'm still
I AM still in the whole
I AM helpless
I AM powerful
I AM not even really here, I'm over there
I AM real
I AM stupid
I AM the all
I AM no thing
I AM getting tired of typing
I AM

Gilana | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 15:38
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I AM

I AM the only one who knows this.........

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
I AM rediculous

Gilana | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 15:39
B-friend's picture

I love it

There should be thumbs up buttons here too......

B-friend | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 17:11
dobro's picture

Yeah, in online forums like

Yeah, in online forums like this, being playful with it is one of the best things you can do. It relaxes identification cuz you take it less seriously.

dobro | Sun, 03/27/2011 - 22:33
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Good article about the "I Am"

i would highly recommend the following article that relates to the "i am" enigma, though i feel the author (Edji) is somewhat not ripe enough yet and many times makes the simple complicated and his grasp of "i am" is not precise but he is sincere and his experiments are important -

http://www.wearesentience.com/hunting-the-i-expanded.html

suzame | Fri, 04/01/2011 - 23:31
Quantum's picture

Thanks

Nice link. Thanks for sharing.

What would be a more precise grasp of "I Am"?

Quantum | Sat, 04/02/2011 - 22:45
Quantum's picture

Actually,,,,

'bit long.

Quantum | Sat, 04/02/2011 - 23:07
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Brilliant tricky pointer to "I Am"

A brilliant trick to get a grasp on what "I Am" really is - see in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/do-you-remember-you-also-are

sharonk | Fri, 04/01/2011 - 23:55
dobro's picture

Nice link. Have you tried

Nice link. Have you tried it? The pointer, not the link, I mean.

dobro | Sat, 04/02/2011 - 05:38
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yes i did

i find much of what he wrote authentic. i happened to realize the same ways and counter tricks and pitfalls by my own.

the main conclusion of mine is that the point is not to get stuck too much in the texts and the "about" but to get doing it, to be always in the approach of practicality, to be in the "i am" even if one is not sure that it is the "i am" rather than read and investigate the books endlessly...

sharonk | Sat, 04/02/2011 - 09:56
dobro's picture

Yes, I think you're right.

Yes, I think you're right. The more I read, the more confused I get sometimes. But when I'm just 'aware of awareness' there's no confusion at all. :-)

But I still like the books and videos of people like Nisargadatta and Adyashanti and suchlike. I'm better for taking that material in, and worse without it. Part of it's consolation, part of it's reminding myself of what I forget when left to my own devices, and part of it's resonance. The resonance is the most useful aspect, I think.

dobro | Sat, 04/02/2011 - 16:48
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It's one of those things...

It's like describing what salt tastes like...really hard to do, really easy to get once you have it in your mouth.

I understand Dora's point - all the talking makes your mind kick in, but it reminds me of the instruction on "How to fold a cardboard box." really complicated to describe, really easy to do.

Did I say the same thing twice? :)

Gilana | Sat, 04/02/2011 - 18:08
Quantum's picture

I can't do it

I'm so lost!

How 'bout we start a new link where we share "experiences" and helpful "coincidences" and the actual practice that was in play at the time the coincidences occurred?

Quantum | Sat, 04/02/2011 - 22:53
Gilana's picture

You start it and let me know where

Experience: I can only say that it is felt when you stop feeling yourself, even for a minute.

What's happening that is outside your realm? Keep adding to and adding to your awareness of what is happening outside of you, til you can't hold anymore. Movement, changes, night becoming day and all that involves, universes operating,light traveling, creatures under the sea,trafic all over the world, the earth turning and spinning around the sun, listen for all of the hearts beating all over the world--feel all of the machines working...This is all happening without your doing - what is doing it? Who collectively is doing it?

It's like in Freeze Tag where thirty kids are running around, and you are one of them, then you freeze, you become aware of their movement.

That's when God says, "Be still," stop your concentration on yourself for just a second, look outside of 'you' "And know that I AM." Look and see what "that" is. What do you, Quantum, see?

Jeez - I sure hope this helps!

Gilana | Sun, 04/03/2011 - 03:44
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this is not the "i am" and

this is not the "i am" and has nothing to do with it. "i am" has still traces of individuality, it is simply consciousness in action felt with no effort.

why do u need to complicate it. just abide in that natural feeling of beingness with no effort. experiment. then u will see what happens.

robert | Sun, 04/03/2011 - 07:46
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.....

What Nisargadatta Maharaj called as "I Am" Is a state of being, not a theoretical speculation, so it has to be understood only trough a personal experience and not speaking about it. As Maharaj told by himself "Meditation means to be the meditator rather than the object of meditation", and this means also experience rather than speaking about. Of course, the problem may seem how to recognize that "state"... we have often the behaviour to have some expectations in advance about how an experience will result, so we "search" for this experience, and this is- at least in my humbe experience- a wrong approach, for the reason that experiencing the state of "I Am" is a dive into the unknown- namely, something we never experienced before or we've ignored. Something new.
A good Maharaj's wxplanation about how to achieve this state lies, in my opinion in his following quote:"In order tofind who you are, you must first find out who you are not" or, better said,"Anything you know about you can not be".
With Love

mrSarmoung | Sun, 05/01/2011 - 17:04
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to the point

I've just seen one of the most accurate and to the point descriptions of 'I Am' in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/enigmatic-sense-039-i-am-039

carlito santo | Thu, 05/26/2011 - 07:32
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More on "I am"

A detailed explanation of "I am" can be found in http://www.gurusfeet.com/blog/quot-i-am-quot-which-lies-between-quot-i-q...

kulchnaui | Sat, 08/06/2011 - 07:11
Kevin22's picture

Sense of I AM is...

It is simply the subjective feeling of existence. If you were to close your eyes, still and relax your body, and stop thinking thoughts would you know that you exist? If so, then how do you know? That knowing you exist is the I am feeling.

Kevin22 | Fri, 08/19/2011 - 00:07
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A collection of all Nisargadattaj's quotes regrading "I Am"

I added today to the original post here a valuable PDF file I found on the net that contains all the quotes of Nisargadatta Maharj in which he mentions or addresses the "I Am".

The file is from http://www.stillnessspeaks.com/

lalo | Mon, 09/12/2011 - 03:33
Gilana's picture

I AM

That's what God says.

And when I heard it, it startled the H-ll out of me!

Gilana | Mon, 09/12/2011 - 04:52
Hari30's picture

I am

We are looking for god but the god is within us.
Whatever we see with our physical eye is illusion.
When we close our eyes and concentrate on our third eye & what we see is not illusion.
When we forget physical world, we can unite with god.
when drop of water falls in ocean, it becomes ocean.

When we unite with God, we become God - That is I am.

Please forgive me if I have made any mistake.

Hari30 | Wed, 12/14/2011 - 06:55
angel76's picture

A good guide to locate the I Am sense

Here is a good guide that leads to the sense of "I Am" -

"I Am" - the trickiest notion of all.

From experience - leave all other practices and meditations - chakras, kundalini, yoga and focus on that sense of I Am - it might be more boring, less exciting, but it is the most effective one. No wonder Maharaj and other Advaita masters put so much emphasis on it.

angel76 | Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:06
Gilana's picture

I Am vs I Was or I Will Be

That's all I wanted to contribute.

Gilana | Tue, 01/17/2012 - 15:21
avi's picture

How do you say "I Am" in Maharati or Hindi or Sanskrit?

Maybe the solution to the enigma lies in the translation. After all this term "I Am" is a translation from Maharati and indeed translated to English something there is not clear.

Can someone say what is the original term in the original language (either Maharati, Hindi or Sanskrit) and what is the exact connotation and verbal meaning and grammatical significance in the original language?

avi | Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:07
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It is more simple than that

I AM is the knowledge that YOU ARE, in other words, he says stick with the non-conceptual knowledge that I EXIST, and then the truth will dawn on you. So I AM means TO BE.. beingness is the sum total of perception, as well as consciousness. The absolute he says, is the witness of the consciousness or the I amness, though they are not-two.

Shuddhavijnana | Tue, 04/24/2012 - 23:28
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Kutasath & Chidabhasa

The pure Awareness or witness called the Kutasth is reflected in the intellectual seath as a sense of I AM or that I exist and is conscious of its existence.

Though this is a part of mind but the only true knowledge. For example two persons see the gleam of a gem and a lamp. One runs after the gleam of gem and following it finds the Gem. This is following the right knowledge I AM and sticking to it till the dawn of knowledge.

The other one who followed the gleam of lamp did not find the gem. So though seeing the glitter we cannot be too sure if it’s a gem or a lamp but following right knowledge though a product of mind leads us to the unconditioned truth.

joejo | Wed, 04/25/2012 - 01:57
Gilana's picture

I AM

I AM is what God says.

It means:
God is - not it will be or was.
You are an aspect of the whole. Not the whole. Just an aspect.

Only God is. You can't say: I AM the whole when you are a thought - you are a thought of something else. That is what is real the causative factor. Not you. You are the thought. The expression. The dream of God. You are made of God, but you are not the whole.

God is.

It also means that you are a part of an unbelievably complex, alive, magnificent, incomprehensible whole that is moving and breathing and thinking and expanding. It beauty, if you could identify with any part in addition to the one you have been given, would kill you instantly. You are a part, though....one singer in a massive choir. But if your voice was silenced, it wouldn't have the same sound....you would be missing. So you are important. But as a small part of a magnificent whole.

Hallelujah - praise God, praise life, praise the whole. Enjoy! You are a part of it. You are not left out. You are here --- SING!

Gilana | Wed, 04/25/2012 - 02:27
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Unity

All great Teachings truly understood point to the Great UNITY. It is a bit difficult to understand this but if we take the analogy to its logical conclusion we come to realise that dream could not be apart from the dreamer. When the dream or our separate will is surrendered then only ONE WILL is seen to pervade everywhere and as a person though seeing the mirage does not run to it for quenching thirst, the realised soul perceives all to be a play of name & form while the substratum the only true essence of all remains unchanged.

One could still pray realising the Trinity as ONE

Holy God, Holy the Firm, Holy the
Immortal, have mercy on us.

joejo | Wed, 04/25/2012 - 04:41
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What

What's that have to do with I AM?

Shuddhavijnana | Wed, 04/25/2012 - 20:08
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Unity

Q: Since reality is all the time with us, what does self-realisation consist of?

M: Realisation is but the opposite of ignorance. To take the world as real and one’s self as unreal is ignorance. The cause of sorrow. To know the self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace and joy. It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things as imagined, learn to see them as they are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face. The thought 'I am' is the polishing cloth. Use it.

The quote above is on page 29 I AM THAT.

joejo | Thu, 04/26/2012 - 01:35
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I am

This means 'I am' God. It is God we find and seek inside in meditation another word is the Self. Because God is inside we can say I am God. God is and gives us tranformative energy. Which is also creative energy. It is the power of God we atune to and go further and deeper to experiance this energy. It is healing. And in all great attributes like God. You will also find this energy connects with the other people. Then we discover in meditation, we are in God in large, not God is in us, though both mount to the same the former is truth. Which without meditation you are not in touch with, neither way. So God has none of the attributes of the physical world and is to us acting mysteriously but he can do that since he is God.
Finally, once you have tuned into the energy field overcome thoughts etc. inside you then you will find the more still it is the more deep and with precision your meditation is.

Isha | Fri, 07/06/2012 - 20:23