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Nisargadatta Maharaj:

1) The ‘I am’ came first, it’s ever present, ever available, refuse all thoughts except ‘I am’, stay there.

2) Just stay put firmly and establish yourself in the ‘I am’, reject all that does not go with ‘I am’.

3) Consistently and with perseverance separate the ‘I am’ from ‘this’ or ‘that’, just keep in mind the feeling ‘I am’.

4) Only the ‘I am’ is certain, it’s impersonal, all knowledge stems from it,it’s the root, hold on to it and let all else go.

5) You are sure of the ‘I am’, it’s the totality of being, remember ‘I am’ and it’s enough to heal your mind and take you beyond.

6) The ‘I am’ is, it’s ever fresh, all else is inference, when the ‘I am’ goes all that remains is the Absolute.

7) Give all your attention to the ‘I am’,which is timeless presence, the ‘I am’ applies to all, come back to it repeatedly.

8) Hold on to the ‘I am’ to the exclusion of everything else, the ‘I am’ in movement creates the world, the ‘I am’ at peace becomes the Absolute.

9) Immortality is freedom from the feeling ‘I am’, to have that freedom remain in the sense ‘I am’, it’s simple, it’s crude, yet it works!

10) The ‘I am’ appears spontaneously on your True state, it is wordless and can be used to go beyond.

11) The ‘I am’ has brought you in, the ‘I am’ will take you out, the ‘I am’ is the door, stay at it! It’s open!

12) You have to be there before you can say ‘I am’, the ‘I am’ is the root of all appearance.

13) The ‘I am’ is the permanent link in the succession of events called life, be at the link ‘I am’ only and go beyond it.

14) The ‘I am’ is the sum total of all that you perceive, it’s time-bound, the ‘I am’ itself is an illusion, you are not the ‘I am’ you are prior to it.

15) The ‘I am’ is your greatest foe and greatest friend, foe when binding to the illusion as body, friend when taking out of the illusion as body.

16) The beginning and the end of knowledge is the ‘I am’, be attentive to the ‘I am’, once you understand it, you are apart from it.

17) You must meditate on the ‘I am’ without holding on to the body-mind, the ‘I am’ is the first
ignorance, persist on it and you will go beyond it.

18) Your Guru, your God, is the ‘I am’, with its coming came duality and all activity, stay on the ‘I am’, you are before the ‘I am’ appeared.

19) The ‘I am’ concept is the last outpost of the illusion, hold on to it, stabilize in the ‘I am’, then you are no more and individual.

20) Without doing anything you have the knowledge ‘I am’, it has come spontaneously and unwillingly on you, stay there and put an ax to the ‘I am’.

21) Your only capital is the ‘I am’, it’s the only tool you can use to solve the riddle of life, the ‘I am’ is in all and movement inherent in it.

22) Only be the ‘I am’, just be, the ‘I am’has appeared on your homogenous state,the one free of the ‘I am’ is liberated, you are prior to the ‘I am’.

23) Worship the indwelling ‘I am’ in you, it is the ‘I am’ that is born, it is the ‘I am’ that will die,you are not that ‘I am’.

24) Remain focused on the ‘I am’ till it goes into oblivion, then the eternal is, the Absolute is, Parabrahman is.

25) The knowledge ‘I am’ is the birth principle, investigate it and you’ll finally stabilize in the Absolute Parabrahman.

26) All knowledge including the ‘I am’ is formless, throw out the ‘I am’ and stay put in quietude.

27) Prior to birth where was the ‘I am’? Don’t contaminate the ‘I am’ with the body idea, I as the Absolute am not the ‘I am’.

28) In the absence of ‘I am’ nothing is required, the ‘I am’ will go with the body, what remains is the Absolute.

29) You must not only have the conviction that ‘I am’ but also that you are free from the ‘I am’.

30) Remember the knowledge ‘I am’ only and give up the rest, staying in the ‘I am’ you will realize that it is unreal.

31) Understand that the knowledge ‘I am’ has dawned on you and all are its manifestations, in this understanding you realize you are not the ‘I am’.

32) When this concept ‘I am’ departs there will be no memory left that ‘I was’ and ‘I had’ those experiences, the very memory will be erased.

33) With the arrival of the primary concept ‘I am’, time began, with its departure time will end; you the Absolute are not the primary concept ‘I am’.

34) When you know both the ‘I am’ and the ‘I am not’ then you are the Absolute which transcends both knowingness and not-knowingness.

35) Appearance and disappearance, birth and death these are qualities of ‘I am’, they do not belong to you, the Absolute.

36) Out of the nothingness, the ‘I am’ or beingness has come, there is no individual, the knowledge ‘I am’- not the individual – has to go back to its source.

37) By meditating on the knowledge ‘I am’ it gradually settles down at its source and disappears, then you are the Absolute.

38) Go on to know the ‘I am’ without words, you must be that and not deviate from it for even a moment, and then it will disappear.

39) With the dropping off of the primary experience ‘I am’ all experiences will vanish and only the Absolute remains.

40) On your true state has arisen this subtle principle ‘I am’, which is the cause of all mischief. No ‘I am’, no question of mischief.

41) Whatever you try to become that is not you, before even the words ‘I am’ were said, that is you.

42) The root habit is the ‘I am’ and it has arisen from the domain of the five elements and three qualities which are unreal.

43) Abide in the knowledge ‘I am’ without identifying with the body. How did you function before the arrival of the knowledge ‘I am’?

44) The state of being, which is the message ‘I am’, without words, is common to all, change begins only with the mind-flow.

45) The belief in the ‘I am’ as a body, as an individual is the cause of all fear, in the absence of the ‘I am’, who is to fear what?

46) Try to stabilize in the primary concept ‘I am’ in order to lose that and be free from all other concepts, in understating the unreality of the ‘I am’ you are totally free.

47) Sitting quietly, being one with the knowledge ‘I am’, you will lose all concern with the world, then the ‘I am’ will also go, leaving you as the Absolute.

48) Putting aside everything, stabilize in the ‘I am’. As you continue with this practice, in the process you will transcend the ‘I am’.

49) The very core of this consciousness is the quality ‘I am’, there is no personality or individual there, reside there and transcend it.

50) Worship the knowledge ‘I am’ as God, as your Guru, the message ‘I am’ is there, the mind- flow is there, stay in the ‘I am’ and realize you are neither.

51) Presently you are sustaining the memory ‘I am’, you are not that ‘I am’, you are the Absolute Prior to that ‘I am’.

52) You feel the ‘I am’ due to the five elements and three qualities, when they are gone, the ‘I am’ goes, but you are still there.

53) Keep focused on the ‘I am’ till you become a witness to it, then you stand apart, you have reached the highest.

54) This knowledge ‘I am’ has come out of the state prior to it and now is the cause of all suffering, before the ‘I am’ came you were happy,so go back.

55) When you remain in the ‘I am’ you will realize everything else is useless, and then you are parabrahman, the Absolute.

56) The One who abides in that principle by which he knows ‘I am’ knows all and does not require anything.

57) Just sit and know that ‘you are’ the ‘I am’ without words, nothing else has to be done; shortly you will arrive to your natural Absolute state.

58) Erroneously you have handed over this knowledge ‘I am’ to the body and thereby reduced the limitless to the limited; hence you are afraid of dying..

59) You have to realize that you are not the body or the knowledge ‘I am’. You as the Absolute are neither, nor do you require them.

60) Inquire into the validity of the fundamental concept of your individuality, the ‘I am’, and it will disappear, then you are Parabrahman, the Absolute.

61) The essential thing to be convinced about is that the original concept ‘I am’ is false, only accept that which is conducive to this development.

62) Before you occurred to yourself as ‘I am’ you were the highest: Parabrahman. Now, until the impurity of ‘I am the body’ disappears stay put in the ‘I am’ quietude.

63) Your fall started with the appearance of ‘I am’, then you blundered by embracing the body as ‘I am’, all that gathered thereafter is unreal.

64) This is no joke, you can become Parabrahman right now! You are Parabrahman right now! Just focus your attention on the ‘I am’.

65) Who has the knowledge ‘I am’? Somebody in you knows the knowledge ‘I am’, ‘you are’. Who is it?

66) Who can know the illusory state ‘I am’? Only a non-illusory state can do so, it’s the Awareness, the Parabrahman, or the Absolute.

67) The primary concept ‘I am’ is dishonest, a cheat. It has tricked you into believing what is not. Focus sharply on the ‘I am’ and it’ll disappear.

68) Finally, you have to transcend the ‘I am’ to enter the concept-free Parabrahman state, where you do not even know you are!

69) The Absolute or the Parabrahman is prior to the ‘I am’, it’s the unborn state, so how can it have the knowledge ‘I am’?

70) At the moment all you know is the ‘I am’, which is a product of the five elements, three qualities or the food body, but you are none of these.

71) One who has realized the knowledge ‘I am’, which means transcending it as well, for him there is no birth or death nor any karma.

72) The primary illusion is only this knowingness ‘I am’; it is liberation when the knowingness is transformed to nonknowingness.

73) You are even before you could say the words ‘I am’. Witnessing happens to the state prior to your saying the words ‘I am’.

74) When the body dies the ‘I am’ goes into oblivion and only the Absolute remains. Stay put there, nothing happens to you the Absolute.

75) From non-being to being, how is it known? By the knowledge ‘I am’. Stay there in the ‘I am’, then you’ll go back from being to non-being.

76) Right now, right here, you are the Absolute, the Parabrahman. Hold on to the ‘I am’ very firmly, ever abide in it and it’ll dissolve, then you are as you are.

77) On the state of non-beingness, beingness as the ‘I am’ has occurred,who that is, is not important, the ‘I am’ is important, stay there.

78) First came the ‘aham’ as ‘I am’, then ‘aham-akar’ (identification with body, ego), now go back to ‘aham’, dwelling there realize ‘aham-brahmasmi’.

79) You are neither the ‘I am’ nor the activities carried out by the beingness – you as the Absolute are none of these.

80) With the transcendence of the knowledge ‘I am’, the Absolute prevails. The state is called Parabrahman, while the knowledge ‘I am’ is Brahman.

81) How were you prior to the message ‘I am’? In the absence of the message ‘I am’ only my eternal Absolute state prevails.

82) Who would have witnessed the message ‘I am’, if your prior state of non-beingness had not been there?

83) A true devotee, by abiding in the knowledge ‘I am’, transcends the experience of death and attains immortality.

84) Hold on to this knowingness ‘I am’ without words and every secret of your existence will be revealed to you.

85) What is it in you that understands this knowledge ‘I am’ without a name, title or word? Sink in that innermost center and witness the knowledge ‘I am’.

86) Totally accept the knowledge ‘I am’ as oneself, and with full conviction and faith firmly believe in the dictum ‘I am that by which I know I am’.

87) Reality prevails prior to the knowledge ‘I am’; you must stay put at the source of your creation, at the beginning of the knowledge ‘I am’.

88) When one is established in the final free Absolute state, the knowledge ‘I am’ becomes ‘non-knowledge’.

89) The first witnessing is that of ‘I am’, the primary prerequisite for all further witnessing, but to whom is the first witnessing of ‘I am’ occurring?

90) The borderline between ‘I am’ (beingness) and ‘I am not’ (nonbeingness) is the precise Location where the intellect subsides. It’s the ‘Mahayoga’ state. Be there!

91) Recognize the Atman by understanding the knowledge ‘I am’, the Atma-jnana, which is all pervading, limitless and infinite.

92) To abide in the knowledge ‘I am’ is one’s true religion. Give the highest honor due to it. Doing so you will not undergo suffering or death.

93) Who says ‘I was not’ and ‘I will not be’ like the present ‘I am’? It is the one who was, is, and will be forever.

94) When you say ‘I was not prior to conception’ you actually mean not like the present ‘I am’,but the one that discerns the absence of the present ‘I am’ was there.

95) Catch hold of the knowledge ‘I am’ in meditation and the realization will occur that ‘I’, the Absolute, am not the ‘guna’ (quality) ‘I am’.

96) Do nothing but stay in the knowledge ‘I am’, the ‘moolmaya’ –, or primary illusion, and then it will release its stranglehold on you and get lost.

97) In deep meditation, infused only with the knowledge ‘I am’, it will be intuitively revealed to you as to how this ‘I amness’ came to be.

98) The knowledge ‘I am’ means consciousness, God, Guru, Ishwara, but you the Absolute are none of these.

99) You have to understand that the ‘I am’ is even before the arising of any words, thoughts or feelings.

100) The indwelling principle ‘I am’ is common to all and has no attributes; it is the principle of the whole functioning.

101) Identify yourself with the highest principle in you which is the knowledge ‘I am’. This will elevate you to the status of ‘Brihaspati’ – the guru of gods.

102) This knowingness ‘I am’ which came spontaneously and you felt gradually, is the ignorant-child-principle,the ‘Balkrishna’ state.

103) This ‘I am’ or Balkrishna state has great potential. Here ‘Bal’ means the child food body and ‘Krishna’ means ‘non-knowing’.

104) To do away with body-mind sense or identity, imbibe or dwell in the ‘I am’. Later the ‘I am’ will merge into the ultimate nature.

105) The highest type of rest is when ‘I am’ and ‘I am not’ are both forgotten. It is called ‘Param Vishranti’, which also means total rest, complete relaxation or utter quietude in the highest state.

106) Having acquired and understood the knowledge ‘I am’, stay there in seclusion and don’t wander around here and there.

107) Once you stabilize in the ‘I am’, you will realize that it is not the eternal state,but ‘you’ are eternal and ancient.

108) The sequence is ‘I am’ the witness to the whole manifestation, it occurs simultaneously.The ‘I am’ subsiding, what remains? You are ‘That’.

109) What I say is simple, when the ‘I am’ arises, everything appears, when ‘I am’ subsides everything disappears.

110) You want me to say something about the post-‘I am’ manifestation, while I am driving you to the pre-‘I am’ Absolute.

111) I am not telling you what the real is, because words negate that. Whatever I am telling you is not the truth, because it has come from the ‘I am’.

112) I take you to the source ‘I am’ again and again, on reaching and stabilizing there you realize there is no ‘I am’!

113) There is no explanation how this seed, this consciousness or the knowledge ‘I am’ has arisen. But once it has come it keeps humming through the ‘gunas’.

114) You must know how this ‘I am’ came about, as it is the only thing by which you can unravel the whole mystery.

115) Onto your Absoluteness, which is without form or shape, came this knowledge ‘I am’, which is also without shape and form.

116) This knowledge ‘I am’ has spontaneously ‘appeared’ on your Absolute state, therefore it is an illusion.

117) This knowledge ‘I am’, the ‘sattva’,cannot tolerate itself, so it needs the ‘rajas’ (doing) and ‘tamas’ (claiming doership) for support.

118) The only ‘Sadhana’ (practice) is to think: I am not the body, I am the formless, nameless knowledge ‘I am’ indwelling in this body.

119) When you abide for a sufficiently long time in the ‘I am’, the knowledge ‘I am’ itself will make everything clear to you. No external knowledge will be necessary.

120) Conviction is the only technique and the Guru’s only initiation is: “you are not the body but only the ‘I am’ without words”.

121) When you clearly see that it is the ‘I am’ that is born, you stand apart from it as the unborn.

122) Once the ‘I am’ goes, what remains is the Original which is unconditioned, without attributes or identity. This is called ‘Parabrahma’, or the Absolute.

123) The absence of ‘I am’ is not experienced by ‘someone’; it has to be understood in such a manner that the experiencer and the experience are one.

124) The knowledge ‘I am’, which appeared in childhood, is a cheat as it has made you believe the illusion is true.

125) This knowledge ‘I am’ has dawned on you, thereafter witnessing began. That ‘One’ who witnesses is separate from what is witnessed.

126) Meditation is this knowledge ‘I am’, this consciousness meditating on itself and unfolding its own meaning.

127) When you meditate on the knowledge ‘I am’, which is the beginning of knowledge, how can there be any questions?

128) Use name, form and design only for worldly activities, otherwise just hold on to the knowledge ‘I am’ without body awareness – beyond name, form or design.

129) There are no techniques except the technique that ‘I am’ – that is, the firm conviction that ‘I am’ means only ‘I am’.

130) This conviction can be strengthened by meditation and meditation means when the knowledge ‘I am’ remains in that knowledge.

131) The greatest miracle is that you got the news ‘I am’. It’s self-evident. Prior to knowing that ‘you are’ what knowledge did you have?

132) Meditation means to have an objective or hold onto something. You are that something. Just being the being ‘I am’.

133) It is not with the body identification that you should sit for meditation. It is the knowledge ‘I am’ that is meditating on itself.

134) When this ‘I am’ or conscious presence merges in itself and disappears the state of ‘Samadhi’ ensues.

135) In the womb the knowledge ‘I am’ is dormant. It is the birth principle which contains everything.

136) The birth principle is ‘Turiya’ (the fourth state) which means ‘where consciousness is’.

137) The experience that ‘I am’ or you exist is ‘Turiya’. One who knows ‘Turiya’ is ‘Turiyatita’ (beyond the fourth state), which is my state.

138) ‘Turiya’ or ‘I am’ is within consciousness, which is the product of five elements.

139) In order to stabilize in the ‘I am’ or ‘Turiya’ you must understand this birthprinciple.

140) ‘Turiya’ or ‘I am’ is always described as the witness state that sees through the waking, dreaming and sleeping. And ‘Turiyatita’ is even beyond that.

141) In the absence of the basic concept ‘I am’, there is no thought, no awareness, and no consciousness of one’s existence.

142) Together with the body and the indwelling principle ‘I am’ everything is. Prior to that what was there?

143) Hang on to the ‘I am’, which is your only capital, meditate on it, and let that unfold all the knowledge that has to come.

144) You should identify yourself only with this indwelling knowledge ‘I am’.That is all.

145) Sit in meditation by identifying with the ‘I am’, dwell only on the ‘I am’- not merely the words ‘I am’.

146) Forget all about physical disciplines in this connection and just be with that knowledge ‘I am’.

147) Do you require any special effort to know that ‘you are’? The ‘I am’ without words itself is God.

148) You must fulfill the vow that I am not the body but the indwelling principle ‘I am’ only.

149) Once you become the ‘I am’ it will reveal all the knowledge and you need not go to anybody for guidance.

150) The primary concept ‘I am’ appears spontaneously and is the source of all concepts, so everything is mental entertainment.

151) This memory ‘I am’ is neither true nor false, it is without these two attributes. That memory of ‘beingness’ only appears to exist.

152) The ‘I am’ itself is the world, go to the source and find out how it appeared and when.

153) The conviction that the ‘I am’ and the world never existed can happen only to ‘Parabrahman’ (The Absolute).

154) To stabilize in the ‘I am’, which has no name and form, is itself liberation.

155) The knowledge that is prior to thought – ‘I am’ – is covered by a human body which is a food-body with the vital breath and knowledge of the Self (Prana and Jnana).

156) Once you reach the state of ‘I am’ and are aware of that only, you will have transcended all the tendencies (‘Vasanas’).

157) Be one with the Self, the ‘I am’. If necessary discard the words ‘I am’, even without them you know ‘you are’.

158) The ‘I am’ is the awareness before thoughts, it cannot be put into words; you have to ‘just be’.

159) The ‘I am’ in you came from the ‘I am’ in your parents, but only then could they be called parents!

160) The ‘I am’ is the divinity in you and cause of the sacred repetition (‘Japa’) in you breath of ‘So Hum’ (I am ‘That’).

161) The Absolute doesn’t know that ‘It is’. Only when the knowledge ‘I am’ spontaneously appeared did it know ‘It is’.

162) Become initiated into the understanding of what I am expounding to you; I am talking about the seed of ‘Brahman’ or ‘I am’ that I am planting in you.

163) That ‘Brahman’ or ‘I am’ state alone embraces everything and is all the manifestation. You have to forget everything and merge with ‘Brahman’.

164) Whatever is created is created by the knowledge ‘I am’, there is no other path, only this conviction. This is it! The name and body arise from the ‘I am’.

165) Abiding in the ‘I am’ (which is God) you won’t want to leave it, and then it won’t leave you!

166) The ‘I am’ is there even without your saying so. Once you understand the ‘I am’, there is nothing further to understand.

167) When you are established in the ‘I am’ there are no thoughts or words, you are everything and everything is you; later even that goes.

168) The ‘I am’ is without ego, you can become its watcher only by getting established in it.

169) Watching happens to the Absolute with the appearance of ‘I am’, then does it knows that ‘it is’.

170) Waking, dreaming and deep sleep states pertain only to the ‘I am’, you are above these.

171) When you go deep inside, nothing is all there is. There is no ‘I am’. The ‘I am’ merges in the absolute.

172) Understand this ‘I am’ business and stand apart from it, transcend it. Just be.

173) The story of all of us begins with the ‘I am’, it is the starting point of both misery and happiness.

174) Prior to the appearance of form in the womb, the food stuffs take the form ‘I am’ and that appears in nine months.

175) Stabilize in the ‘Bindu’ (Point) ‘I am’ and transcend it. ‘Bindu’ means without duality (Bin=without, Du=two).

176) It is the ‘I am’ that investigates the ‘I am’. Realizing its falsehood it disappears and merges into Eternity.

177) The knowledge ‘I am’ is God, if presently you are unable to understand it then just worship it.

178) If you like, take the ‘I am’ as your ‘prarabdha’ (destiny), become one with it, then you can transcend it.

179) Along with the knowledge ‘I am’ appears space and the world. When the knowledge ‘I am’ departs the world is liquidated.

180) Hammer it into yourself that the ‘I am’ or ‘beingness’ is the parent of the entire manifestation, then the ‘I am’ itself will help you stabilize in the ‘I am’.

181) The ‘I am’ is observed by the Absolute, it has no senses or eyes, witnessing just happens.

182) I am introducing you to your ‘I am’.The first stage is to meditate on the ‘I am’ and stabilize in it.

183) Carry the conviction in yourself that the knowledge ‘I am’ within you is God.

184) To the One who meditates on the knowledge ‘I am’, everything in the realm of consciousness becomes clear.

185) Go anywhere, but never forget that the knowledge ‘I am’ is God. Day by day through constant meditation this conviction will grow.

186) Don’t bother about anything, just continue abiding in the ‘I am’, a moment will come when it will be pleased and reveal all the secrets.

187) The trap of birth and death is because of the ‘I am’, dwell on it, realize it and transcend it.

188) Get established in the ‘I am’ without words, the ‘Paravani’, but you the Absolute are not that.

189) Your true identity – The Absolute – is prior to the ‘I am’. How can you provide a uniform for it?

190) My Guru taught me what ‘I am’, I pondered only on that. My original state is to be in that state where there is no ‘I am’.

191) In the infinite state, the ‘I am’ state is temporary; don’t give up your true standpoint, otherwise you will be fooled.

192) Catch hold of the ‘I am’ and all obstacles will evaporate, you will be beyond the realm of body-mind.

193) All questions exist because the ‘I am’ is there. After the ‘I am’ has disappeared, no questions arise.

194) Understand the ‘I am’, transcend it and conclude that ‘beingness’, the world and Brahman are unreal.

195) The ‘So Hum’ japa (recitation) is incessantly going on in your pulse indicating ‘I am’; get in tune with it by recitation.

196) The recitation of ‘So Hum’, indicating ‘I am’, must be for a very long time, it is prior to words.

197) The ‘I am’ is the only God to please and if pleased, it will lead you to the source.

198) A ‘Jnani’ is one who has come to a conclusion about the raw material ‘I am’ and stands apart from it.

199) That soundless sound, the humming ‘I am’ is a reminder that you are God. To understand and realize it, meditate on it.

200) You are in the ‘I am’ without any effort, so be there. Don’t try to interpret the ‘I am’.

201) The ‘I am’ in body form can reach the highest state only if you understand, accept it and dwell there. Then you escape birth and death.

202) The ‘I am’ is an advertisement of the Absolute, an illusion, temporary. The one who knows this knows the eternal principle
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203) In the womb the ‘I am’ is dormant: When we are three years old it arises spontaneously. It climaxes at middle age, diminishes in old age and finally disappears.

204) Remember this, if you want to remember me or this visit here, remember the knowledge ‘I am’.

205) The body identity cannot get this knowledge, the knowledge ‘I am’ must get this knowledge; when knowledge abides in knowledge there is transcendence of knowledge.

206) This ‘I am’ enjoyed beyond the body is your destiny. Dwell in it and it itself will tell you its own story.

207) When you dwell in destiny as ‘I am’,you realize that it is not your death, but the disappearance of ‘I amness’.

208) You are beyond desire, which itself depends on the ‘I am’. Do not suppress desires, just don’t identify with them and they will disappear.

209) Why say that I do anything? Whatever is done is done by the ‘I am’ and you are beyond it.

210) Beware of the ‘I am’ growing over your true nature and giving you the false feeling of being the doer.

211) When the ‘I am’ becomes pure – that is, without ‘I am this’ or ‘I am that’ – you become ‘Ishwara’ (God).

212) The feeling ‘I am’ comes to you only because there is something older or earlier in you to which this ‘I am’ appears.

213) The interval between the beginning of ‘I am’ (birth or waking) and when you lose it again (death or deep sleep) is called ‘time’.

214) The feeling ‘I am’ is itself an illusion, therefore whatever is seen through this illusion cannot be real.

215) When Krishna says ‘I remember all my past births’, he means the ‘I am’, the fundamental feeling behind all births. There is no ‘I am such-and-such’.

216) You are not always in contact with the ‘I am’ or it is not permanent. When you are not aware of the ‘I am’, ‘Who’ is not aware?

217) The ‘I am’ has great potency: the entire manifestation has come from it. Go to the ‘I am’ state, remain there, merge, and go beyond.

218) The ‘I am’ is the Guru in a body which is witnessed by the Self or ‘Satguru’ in you, which is unmanifested.

219) The ‘I am’ in its purity is ‘turiya’(the fourth state), but I am ‘turiyatita’ (beyond turiya) and living in (as) Reality.

220) Repetition of a ‘mantra’ takes one to the pure ‘I am’, where all knowledge is surrendered; you merge with the Absolute beyond all name and form.

221) If you were to dwell in the ‘I am’ and firmly abide in it, all external things will lose their grip on you.

222) There is nobody else but ‘me’ or ‘I am’, this non-dual devotion (‘advaitabhakti’) is the highest; to vanish and be lost in the vast unknown.

223) Thoroughly investigate the appearance and disappearance of the ‘I am’ – did you desire it, or did it just happen?

224) The ‘I am’ is the sole capital that you have. Dwell on this, nothing else is necessary.

225) The ‘I am’ is only a little distance away from the True state, hence it is unreal, for whatever is away from the True state or Reality is unreal.

226) All yoga and practices come through the consciousness of ‘I am’, which is itself an illusion.All happenings in this illusion are relative and time-bound.

227) The first step is to go and dwell in the ‘I am’. From there you go beyond consciousness and no-consciousness to the infinite Absolute, which is the permanent state.

228) You are the Reality beyond the ‘I am’, you are the ‘Parabrahma’. Meditate on this and remember this, finally this idea, too, shall leave you.

229) Understand the ‘I am’, transcend it and realize the Absolute. In such a simplified way nobody has expounded this profound teaching.

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