With the knowledge of the True Self or Self-Realization, all desires and fears drop away. Who would desire? Who would fear? For the seeker, still lost in the dream of self-identity, desires and fears are like constant waves in the ocean, providing a stream of experiences - good and bad. The series will share Maharaj's pointers on how to observe these desires and fears as they arise, how to rest in your own nature, and thereby break the hypnotic spell of self-identification.

The problem arises only when the memory of past pains and pleasures, which are essential to all organic life, remains as a reflex, dominating behaviour. This reflex takes the shape of “I” and uses the body and the mind for its purposes, which are invariably in search for pleasure or flight from pain. When you recognize the “I” as it is, a bundle of desires and fears, and the sense of “mine” as embracing all things and people needed for the purpose of avoiding pain and securing pleasure, you will see that the “I” and the “mine” are false ideas, having no foundation in reality. Created by the mind, they rule their creator as long as it takes them to be true; when questioned, they dissolve. The “I” and “mine”, having no existence in themselves, need a support which they find in the body. The body becomes their point of reference. When you talk of “my” husband and “my children”, you mean the body’s husband and the body’s children. Give up the idea of being the body and face the question: Who am I ? At once a process will be set in motion which will bring back reality, or rather, will take mind to reality.

 –       Nisargadatta Maharaj

Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.

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