when I awaken

July 16, 2013

One of the peculiarities of a gyani (awakened one) is that he is not concerned with the future. He is free of imagination. To the gyani all is bliss: he is happy with whatever comes.

There is nothing wrong with the world. What is wrong is the way you look at it. It is your imagination that misleads you. Without imagination there is no world.

The world you perceive is made of consciousness; what you call matter is consciousness itself. You are the space in which the world moves, the time in which it is born and dies, the love that gives it life.

The moment you allow your imagination to spin, it at once spins out a universe and absorbs you so completely that you just cannot grasp how far from reality you have wandered. But reality is not at all as you imagine. No doubt imagination is richly creative. Universe upon universe is built on it. Yet you are not bound by these imaginations. You are out of it all. Cut off imagination and attachment and what remains?

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

4 Responses to “when I awaken”


  1. I love it how you can, with an image, place so it fits so well, some transcendental verity from the mouth of a guru into the shoebox you’ve maintained since a boy where you had kept your jacks, marbles, baseball cards and bones, and now the icons of your children coming of age who will find this box with a note left on it signed by you that says, Love as I have loved you, Dad.

  2. feralmonk Says:

    I love how you can, with pictures of your children coming of age, stow the transcendental words of gurus in the shoebox you’ve kept since a boy where there’s the jack your first girlfriend gave you, your winningest marble, the one best ever baseball card you thought you’d never get, the skull of mole you found when digging your fort, all that they will find one day with the note stuck to it on which you’ve written what they’ve already learned on your lap, their recitals and their games: Love as I have loved you, Dad.

  3. Scott Says:

    Thank you for such kind words! You’ve made my day.


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