to mind

when knowing that the mind is what you’re not, what’s left of you to mind?

when there’s nothing left of you to mind, there’s only others for whom a mind might be used.


the new neti neti

Always insist that you are formless, free, and are not conditioned. You must hammer on this constantly, that is the practice. ~Nisargadatta
comedy is the new neti neti.

I don't care to belong to any thought-form that will have me as a mistaken identity. ~Groucho Shankara

I don't know the question, but consciousness is definitely the answer. ~Woody Upanishads

perceive what's not, just be, and apperceive.

nonbelief is nondenominational; reality is nondimensional.

there is no one to understand; you are the understanding.

the entity that realizes the dreaming is not the dreamer.


an is land

i am an is land.

dare to question who you are?

mind can only talk to mind.

first, see that everything you think you've been taught to think.

in other words, nothing you've been taught to think is actually you.

in even more words, everything you believe you are, you've been told you are.

so what are you if you can't use the words you've been taught to describe who/what you are?

who are you? what are you? answer! now!

i would suggest you approach whatever with the devotion according to whatever.

try to remember that remembering is not true.

just rest in any paradox you can think that's unthinkable and there you are.

in the opposite suggestion, stay away from any positive direction suggested from any other nexus.

if you need to think about it, well, don't. to paraphrase kerouac, first thought: best love.

if you're unwilling to consider your real nature, then you're willing to kill untold millions of your supposed nature.

guilt trips 'r us.


an inside job

science is an inside job.

this entire world is imported; it was made in maya.

the world exists because we say it does. but who are we?

the manifested universe; just a thought.

true intelligence doesn't even know jeopardy.

if deep sleep seems unthinkable, don't think.

if i could teach the world to sing, i would sing.

this happens.

bodies are merely movable earth; earth is just condensed sunlight; light at the speed of light is timeless and formless; identify with that!

there is no there there; there is no then then.

stop blaming god for human suffering. instead, see that suffering is just Self-ignorance; we are god.

consciousness doesn't need to be altered; just be it.



love story

mind condenses truth into fiction and non-fiction.

fiction is pure story and non-fiction is story pretending not to be story.

science is the purest form of non-fiction.

actually, contrary to that most popular genre of fiction, or non-fiction for that matter, love is not a story.

there are no words for love.

one is love, and that's the truth. any words will only condense it into story.


a hole the size of being

love your love; that is all.

just relax and be your Self.

let the unknown be your nonpolar star.

love is never having to say love is.

when you really stop to think about it, you haven't stopped at all.

paradox is the rebel without a cause.

thought is a closed loop system with a hole the size of being.

Tao Art That.



the framework of manifestation

As Absolute, I am timeless, infinite, and I am awareness, without being aware of awareness. As infinity I express myself as space, as timeless I express myself as time. Unless there is space and duration I cannot be conscious of myself. When space and time are present there is consciousness, in that the total manifestation takes place and various phenomena come into being.

I, by Myself, Awareness, descend into this consciousness, and in this consciousness I express Myself in manifold ways, in innumerable forms. This is the crux, the framework of manifestation; there is no question of any individuality.

~Nisargadatta Maharaj



mind will co-opt no-mind in no time.

mind will co-opt no-mind in no time, creating individual sciences of consciousness, personal circles of loving words & religions of behavior.



it doesn't get any better.

there is no goal, but there is the neverending discovery of who i am .

speak the mind, then leave it behind, but love—stay with it.


that's (not) the truth

meaning = substance with cause-effect = space-time = sense-memory = consciousness = ‘i am’ is the only meaning there is

in the play of human consciousness, senses are collective & memory is individual; thus most agree on substance but few agree on cause-effect.

the difference between a philosophy of truth and actual truth is like that of the waking state and deep sleep, and that's (not) the truth.

you really can't think about illusion because thought itself is the illusion.

you are not what you eat. in fact, that is the prime error; consciousness devours the body and in so doing, believes it is what it eats.

first, you know you are; then, you know you are not; last, you do not know you are.


time talks

once you've got the meaning you can forget the words.
where can i find a man who has forgotten words
so i can have a word with him?
-Chuang Tzu

true knowledge cannot be conveyed by words;

one cannot capture light: one is light.

the love that being has for itself is like an atomic bond;

separate one from itself & the resultant

explosion is called suffering & violence.

once the wave truly knows that it's the sea,

there's no longer a wave—

but nothing in the wave can help it see the sea

except to be the wave.

awareness of awareness is awareness

as being being is being.

only being is believable; the rest is make-believe.

the knowledge that can be spoken is not the eternal

sat-guru tao christ krishna buddha knowledge.

time talks, space walks.

Sat-Guru is the protector

and its weapons are love, forgiveness, and compassion.

funny how most so-called spiritual behavior stops

when it comes tax time.

render unto caesar his ten thousand fatted calves

while we enjoy his salad.

whatever one believes to be spirituality is just

another movement in consciousness which remains

pure and untouched by all spirituality.

words quicky become fetishes if held a moment too long.


ghost stories

in, of, & by consciousness:

senses create space

& fill it with substance;

memory creates time

& fills it with cause & effect.

ghost & story.


the nanochip of consciousness

"The consciousness is the seed of Godliness"
~Nisargadatta Maharaj

everything is an appearance in consciousness,

including the thought that everything is an appearance in consciousness.

after what appears to be 13 billion years of preparation,

this extreme node of consciousness can either know itself or not.

the human mind-body appears to be a tool

created by and for Self-knowledge

that gets lost in the wonderful mechanics of itself.

no dessert until you eat your consciousness!

an ego appears as soon as appearances are believed to be things.

the so-called world is completely full of ghosts,

but people call them things.

the so-called world is completely full of ghosts,

but people call them things

—or people.

touch is the proof of nothing.

when everything is seen to be nothing,

then everything is known to be one.

and that awareness of awareness,

by awareness, for awareness,

shall not perish from awareness.

round up the usual suspects!

each and every person is guilty of identity theft.

when there's only seeing,

there's nothing to be seen.

the open sea: no ship, no owner, no ownership.

i am the nanochip of consciousness;

i am the world wide web of pure awareness.

for a bird, nothing is the ground.

or... for a bird, pure space is the ground.

or... for a bird, emptiness is the ground.

absurd to be the word;

just be the bird of being.


the greatest foe & the greatest friend

Nisargadatta Maharaj: You understand yourself as body-mind; therefore my problem is - how to make you understand. Lord Krishna said, "All are my expressions." The mountain is of gold and a particle of that mountain is also gold. I am that mountain and every particle is myself. The entire beingness manifest is myself, and each being is a sample of myself. The knowledge "I Am" in each species is myself. The very life force - luminous, bright, radiant, indwelling principle is myself.

If anybody understands me totally and fully and most appropriately, that one gets the shelter in the shade of my benign being.

The state of a jnani, the highest state, has transcended the beingness, but the beingness is still there, so together with the beingness is the Absolute - the deep blue, benign state, without eyes.

Knowledge takes rest in that deep blue, quiet, peaceful, benign shade. When that shade is shifted aside, then he sees the various manifestations in the form of universes and worlds. But when the shade is there, it is the deep, dark blue state, fully relaxed.

Questioner: Is Maharaj going to stop talking?

M. The talks will emanate provided someone worthy is there to put questions. I am nearing the end of my time. If any questions sprout, ask them.

Q: I want to stay here with Maharaj as long as possible.

M. Although you might go home, whatever has been planted, whatever you have received, is going to change you. You are completely possessed.

Q. I feel that. I am grateful that at the tag-end of my life I was brought here.

M. Your coming here was also spontaneous. It is very rare that someone has the good fortune to come here; having come here, if the planting is done, the sprouting will definitely take place. It may take time, but it will definitely take place.

Just as the beingness has appeared spontaneously, you don't know beforehand, now I am going to be - it has come about - so also the talks are coming spontaneously.

This touch of "I Amness" is in each being; this beingness has that touch of love for the Absolute and it is a representation of the Absolute. When you got yourself separated from the Absolute with this identity "I Am," you felt fragmented, isolated, and that is why your demands started. In the Absolute there are no needs. Only the Absolute prevails.

The truth is total Brahman only, nothing else but Brahman. In a total Brahman state the touch of beingness, "I Am," and with that, separation started, otherness has come. But this "I Amness" is not just a small principle, that itself is the mula-maya, the primary illusion. What I am expounding is not meant for the common people, because they have not reached the stature to understand what I am saying. Therefore I tell them to do bhajans, japa, meditation. After doing that, when the purifying takes place, they will be worthy enough to receive my talks.

Q. From the Unmanifest, the manifest is happening?

M: Who is asking this and why?

Q. I want to know.

M. Nothing prevails but you, everything is you. What answer can I give you?

If you want to remember this visit, if you have love for me, remember this "I Am" principle and without the command or direction of this principle, do nothing.

In the world today there are so many people and they are so busy with their affairs that they don't have time to eat - they stand and eat. These are characteristics of the maya. The great maya principle is making you do all her tricks, and you are also abiding in what she says, and finally, that light of yours, that beingness, gets extinguished. Then where are you going?

Q. I am going to search for another body!

M: This is all a concept. Before appearing in the world, do you remember your previous history, do you remember anything?

Q. No, but I have read ...

M. I don't want to hear what others write, I want to know from the horse's mouth, from you. If you are not, can others be there? Is this not good enough for you?

Q: But I cannot think of a state when I had not been.

M. That was the non-attention Parabrahman state. That attention "I Am" was not there.

Q. Do we come from the Parabrahman state and go back after beingness goes?

M: Coming down into this world from the Absolute is something like the appearance of a dream. In a dream are you going somewhere? The primary ignorance is the understanding that you are the body. To know that you are the manifest is knowledge, and the knowledge merges into no-knowledge, Parabrahman.

Q- But I understand from the Gita ...

M: Throw it away! Whatever you understand is not the truth and it is to be thrown overboard. You are trying to catch hold of something and cling to it. Accept, as it is, what I am telling you. Don't be carried away by concepts. Don't employ any words, and look at yourself as you are. Few people understand what I am driving at.

You are not paying proper attention, you are talking only after this beingness appeared. Before the beingness was there, look at that, be in that state. If you dare call me an atheist, remember that I do bhajans four times a day.

That maya is so powerful that it gets you completely wrapped up in it. Maya means "I Am," "I love to be." It has no identity except love. That knowledge of "I Am" is the greatest foe and the greatest friend. Although it might be your greatest enemy, if you propitiate it properly, it will turn around and lead you to the highest state.

~from ‘Prior to Consciousness’ May 4, 1980


the gateway to reality

through mind, eyes are frozen on the past;

in awareness, eyes are burning in the timeless.

deep sleep is actually the gateway to reality.

one doesn’t require deep sleep for the mind to stay awake;

one rouses to deep sleep after the exhausting slumber of the mind.

let deep sleep be the foundation of all activity;

in such a way, one is truly resting in awareness.


the mind translates nothing

how extremely sensitive the senses

that they record all this permanent something

out of that changeable space of consciousness.

consciousness riding consciousness is the natural rodeo event.

cawse, cawse, cawse: the crows of karma call.

consciousness is the single eye with six billion pupils.

nothing but neti.

when the fire burns the fire the fire goes out.

there is no individual,

but just an involuntary selection

from the collective of selections.

the big bang takes place first thing every morning.

god wakes and then the world yawns.

not too curious

that an atheist will profess disbelief in god

yet hold on for dear life to the belief in one's self.

i.r.s. therefore i 'r me.

becoming a person was like losing one's virginity;

it's very difficult to undo,

despite the truth that nothing was ever done.

the mind translates nothing into this world.

the mind translates nothing into this world,

including the mind.

translation happens before language evolves.

eyesight is an optical illusion.

the qualities and their seeming variances

of the consciousness of touching and seeing

creates the notion of a body within a world.

the 1/x files: there's nothing out there.

even the premeditated is spontaneous.

if it sounds spiritual, then it's really not.

seeing the utter meaninglessness of all concepts,

especially overtly spiritual ones attempting

to offer meaning, including this one!


the language of the absolute

it's a light eat light world.

maya made me do it.

every day is judgment day.

we are riding on a realroad.

step back a galaxy or two.

love is not an emotion.

thinking likes to dwell in thought,

no matter what the thought.

sunlight imagines everything.

awareness is the fuel;

self-awareness is the fire.

consciousness is the language of the absolute

that the senses translate into mind,

in which it's pronounced 'universe,'

and spelled 'i am.'