Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj - Truth

If you expect any benefits from your search, 
material, mental, or spiritual, you have missed the point.

Truth gives no advantage. 

It gives no higher status, no power over others. 
All you get is truth and the freedom from the false.

Where is the dwelling place of truth 

where you could go in search of it? 
And how will you know that you have found it?

What touchstone do you bring with you to test it?

You imagine that truth is a thing 

which carries the name ‘truth’, 
and that it is advantageous to have it, 
provided it is genuine.

You are shopping for truth but you do not trust the merchants. 

You are afraid of forgeries and imitations. 
You are asking for truth, but in fact you merely seek comfort, 
which you want to last forever.

Now, nothing, no state of mind, can last forever.

In time and space there is always a limit, 

because time and space themselves are limited. 
And in the timeless the words ‘for ever’ have no meaning.
 The same with the proof of truth.

In the realm of non-duality everything is complete, 

its own proof, meaning and purpose. 
Where all is one, no supports are needed. 
You imagine that permanence is the proof of truth, 
that what lasts longer is somehow more true.

Time becomes the measure of truth. 

And since time is in the mind, 
the mind becomes the arbiter 
and searches within itself the proof of truth.....
a task altogether impossible and hopeless!

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