Monday, 30 March 2015

Rays of the Absolute: The Legacy of Nisargadatta Maharaj


In the end of 2007, Stephen Wolinsky, Zaya, Philip Safarik and Maurizio Benazzo travelled to Mumbai to interview devotees and translators of Nisargadatta Maharaj for this film, to capture their experience and history of being with Maharaj. Mullarpattan, Mahon Gaitonde and Jayashri received them. The journey went through Maharaj's old room, they interviewed Maharaj's family and visited the shrine of Shri Siddharameswar Maharaj. They also interviewed Ramesh Balsekar and met many of Nisargadatta's devotees.


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About Nisargadatta Maharaj

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), and a Guru, belonging to the Navnath Sampradaya. Sri Nisargadatta, with his direct and minimalistic explanation of non-dualism, is considered the most famous teacher of Advaita since Ramana Maharshi. In 1973, the publication of his most famous and widely-translated book, "I AM THAT", an English translation of his talks in Marathi by Maurice Frydman, brought him worldwide recognition and followers.

According to Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, the purpose of spirituality is simply to know who you are. His discussions are not for academic scholars. He is a rebellious spirit, abrupt in his style of discussion, provocative, and immensely profound, cutting to the core and wasting little effort on inessentials. He talked about the 'direct way' of knowing the Final Reality, in which one becomes aware of one's original nature through mental discrimination, breaking the mind's false identification with the ego, knowing that "You are already That".
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