Posts tagged: Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Jul 23 2011

What Is Your Spiritual Motto?

After reading countless spiritual books, attending many seminars where you’ve listened to the spiritual gurus of the day, the question is: what is your spiritual motto?
In other words, tell me the phrase, the “condensed truth” that best represents the values that you live by. The words that you feel are closest to your heart. What are they, and why should you take notice? Because by holding your spiritual values in the forefront of your mind, you’ll stay on the path and don’t fall by the wayside, seduced by the countless mirages of Maya.

My spiritual motto originates from the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Here are his words that are now my inseparable companions: “There was a house, and in the house there was a person; now the person is gone and the house is demolished. The sum total is, whatever experiences you have, whether for a day or for years, it is all illusion.”
And if your senses some melancholy pervading his message, this is your ego rebelling against its “principles.”
It, the ego, wants to go out and experience! It wants you to get “active” and go for a ride, to enjoy yourself, to have fun.
Sadly, the great many will follow..

The wise will listen to Maharaj, when he says: “Words and experiences are unworthy of you. This habit of experiencing will not go until you realize that all this domain of the five elements, and the experiences in the five elements are unreal. This ‘I Amness’ is itself unreal.”
The joy and sadness of living are equally unreal, and so is the effort you exert to maximise the former, and eliminate the latter.
Don’t take what your life presents to you more seriously than you take your dreams. After all, whether you are deluded a 50% or 100%, your reality is still far removed from the Real.

So, what is your spiritual motto? Sure, you can declare: “I don’t care!” and be like a sailor on “The Ship of Fools” painting by Hieronymus Bosch.


“The Ship of Fools” painting by Hieronymus Bosch

Being a spiritual fool, you’ll always value your hopes (for another life, where all will be close to ideal) highly. “I will be reborn, and even my karma will not stop me from getting another chance!” Little you know, that whilst on this ship of fools, yours sailing on the limitless ocean of illusion will never end. From one storm to another… How does it matter if in this life or the next one, if the sinking feeling is always with you?