greybeard wrote:Nasargadatta I am That
Quote from pages 315/6
I self-realization so important?
Without it you will be consumed by desires and fears, repeating themselves meaninglessly in endless suffering. Most people dont know that there can be an end to pain. But once they have heard the good news, obviously going beyond all strife and struggling is the most urgent task that can be.
You know that you can be free and now its up to you. Either you remain forever hungry and thirsty, longing searching grabbing ever holding ever losing and sorrowing or go out wholeheartedly in search of the state of timeless perfection to which nothing can be added, from which nothing--- taken away.
It it all desires and fears are absent, not because they were given up but because they have lost their meaning.
So far I have been following you. Now what am I expected to do?
There is nothing you can do. Just be. Do nothing. Be. No climbing mountains and sitting in caves.
I do not even say. “be yourself” since you do not know yourself. Just be.
Having seen that you are neither the “outer” world of percievables, nor the “inner” world of thinkables,
that you are neither mind or body, just be.
Surely there are degrees of realization ?
There are no steps to self-realization. There is nothing gradual about it. It happens suddenly and is
irreversible. You rotate into a new dimension, seen from which the previous ones are mere abstractions.
Just like on sunrise you see things as they are, so on self-realization you see everything as it is. The world of illusions is left behind.
Nevertheless there is progress?
There can only be progress in the preparation (sadhana) Realization is sudden. The fruit ripens slowly but falls suddenly and without return
The process so perfectly described. Thank you Greybeard.