In Master Key to Self-Realization  he describes how the teaching of Vedanta is transmitted to a student. It starts with the meeting with a guru, who tells about the teachings. Thereafter a mantra is being used by the student to meditate and make the mind more receptive. Then the guru explains the teaching further, which has to be realized experientially by the student.
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His method of teaching is also radical - again, like his Master before him- with a fresh approach in terms of delivery, and stance. His stance is uncompromisingly Absolute. There are no long-winded explanations that take you round in circles. References to other sources are kept to the minimum. There is no difference between the Master and you.
You have just forgotten your true identity. The Teachings are simple. You were not the body. You will not remain the body. Ramakant Maharaj describes Nisargadatta Maharaj as "extraordinary", although he confesses to not really understanding his discourses at that time. Nisargadatta Maharaj used to encourage him and say "the understanding will come in time".
And it did. He is now teaching. With love in his eyes he often talks about his Master: "It is only by the grace of my Master, that I am able to share this knowledge with you.
It is the same knowledge that he shared with me". Maharaj often says that words are only indicators. Focus on what he is trying to convey — the meaning, the essence of the message.
He does not entertain thoughts, concepts, memories, experiences. You are nothing to do with this illusory world. The entire world is illusion, including the body, so engaging in body-related knowledge, and body-related spirituality is a futile time-waster. His approach is direct, the shortest cut. We created language. We created knowledge. Being prepared means being quiet, open and receptive. Put the mind, ego, intellect aside.
Be like a blank screen. Most people have questions that they need to ask at the beginning. When these are exhausted, Spontaneous Silence begins to emerge. Ultimate Reality is speaking to Ultimate Reality. Be calm and quiet. Your inner Master is listening, analyzing and recording all that the Master is teaching.
Reality is beyond imagination. There should not be any confusion. You are limiting your Reality by naming it, enclosing it.
We are just using words to try and understand, exchanging words through which we are inviting attention of the invisible, anonymous listener within you. All words are used for the purpose of understanding. Try to know your identity. Try to know your unidentifiable identity. The knower will disappear. Trying to know Ultimate Truth, the knower will disappear. No knowledge, no knower. Who is understanding that?
All this requires presence, but your presence is not any shape or form. It is formless. No beingness, no non-beingness, no consciousness, no unconsciousness, no awareness, no unawareness.
No knower, no knowledge, etc. You are neglecting the somebody that already exists within you - the formless, invisible somebody. You are That. You are Brahman, Atman. Sky is totally unaware of its existence.
Likewise, your presence is totally unaware of your existence. All these words are body knowledge. Beingness is also illusion. Who says beingness and non-beingness? When you came across with the body you created a big illusionary field: beingness, non-beingness, awareness, unawareness, consciousness. You are roaming in the field and trying to extract knowledge. Come out of the field. Be brave, be courageous!
It has perhaps ballooned into something…. What happens is that devotees read books, and on the basis of their reading, they form a square… and they are expecting answers within the square.
Whatever is realized from the existence of the body body knowledge , is illusion. You have brought yourself into the confusion field, using confusing words. Forget about spiritual talk. It means you are taking some ego and saying I am somebody else. This is duality. You have not to make any efforts. It is an open fact that the body is not your identity. This is not the Ultimate Truth and will not give you happiness.
You are already in that. It is already within you. Illusory concept! Be as it is! The spontaneous feeling is just that… I am… there is no concept. As Nisargadatta Maharaj says: What is this body?
So there is duality, there is a split. When you try to stay like that. Why to try? I want to stay John. I am John. John is the name which has been given to this body, it is not your Ultimate Reality. Similarly, your spontaneous presence, existence is without shape. But it seems people are not managing to go beyond.
You see, your spontaneous existence manifested , so without you, there is not any focus. You are your own Master. So whatever you read or listen, to some extent, it is helpful but after reaching the final destination, you do not need an address. What they want to convey is most important. All you have to do is realize that the body is not my identity. You are posing as someone else when you meditate, and therefore the meditation has become dual. Why did Nisargadatta Maharaj not make this teaching clearer?
All this meditation, concentration, knowledge, self-inquiry - these are all only various steps, a process, and through the I, you are coming to the Final Truth. After having conviction that you are not the body, there is nothing to do. Your reaction is spontaneous action.
You are 24 hrs together.
His method of teaching is also radical - again, like his Master before him- with a fresh approach in terms of delivery, and stance. His stance is uncompromisingly Absolute. There are no long-winded explanations that take you round in circles. References to other sources are kept to the minimum.
He was born in August in the small village of Pathri, in the district Sholapur of India. Since his childhood he was very intelligent and had very sharp imbibe abilities. He did not study much at school but was very intelligent, clever and smart in his behaviour. He was always very straight forward and spoke with a thoughtful idea.