Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Blissful Life - As realized through the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Robert Powell reveals to us a particular version of ancient Eastern philosophy-religion through his selection of aphorisms of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj translated from Marathi. In these aphorisms, he captures and summarizes the wisdom of India epitomized in advaita as philosophy and practiced in everyday life as a blissful religion.

This book attempts to distill the essence of the teachings of Maharaj from the available information and present the result in terms that are readily intelligible and do not require any specialized religious or philosophical knowledge or aptitude.

A considerable part of what has been recorded of Maharaj’s teaching is contained in the monumental work I am That, a collection of conversations with Maharaj, translated from tape recordings in the original Marathi language by Maurice Frydman. The latter was a brilliant Polish electrical engineer and inventor who spent about half a century in India, where he immersed himself in the ancient teaching of advaita. Just as Paul Brunton discovered and introduced to the West that other great Indian sage, Sri Ramana Maharshi, so Frydman was the first to translate and make known to a wide audience Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. The world owes a debt of gratitude to Frydman, for without his initiative and untiring efforts this treasure would not have been available.

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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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