65 Inspirational Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes On Success In Life

Nisargadatta Maharaj born Maruti Shivrampant Kambli, was an Indian guru of nondualism, belonging to the Inchagiri Sampradaya, a lineage of teachers from the Navnath Sampradaya and Lingayat Shaivism. The publication in 1973 of I Am That, an English translation of his talks in Marathi by Maurice Frydman, brought him worldwide recognition and followers, especially from North America and Europe. These Nisargadatta Maharaj quotes will motivate you.

Best Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes

  1. “Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what it is that you have never lost.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  2. “To know that you are a prisoner of your mind is the dawn of wisdom.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  3. “Realize that your world is only a reflection of yourself and stop finding fault with the reflection. Attend to yourself, set yourself right; mentally and emotionally. The physical self will follow automatically.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  4. “Shift your attention from words to silence and you will hear.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  5. “Once you realize that the world is your own projection, you are free of it. You need not free yourself of a world that does not exist, except in your own imagination! However is the picture, beautiful or ugly, you are painting it and you are not bound by it. Realize that there is nobody to force it on you, that it is due to the habit of taking the imaginary to be real. See the imaginary as imaginary and be free of fear.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  6. “When I look inside and see that I’m nothing, that’s wisdom. When I look outside and see that I’m everything, that’s love. And between these two, my life turns.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  7. “We miss the real by lack of attention, and create the unreal by excess of imagination.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  8. “In the mirror of your mind, all kinds of pictures appear and disappear. Knowing that they are entirely your own creations, watch them silently come and go. Be alert, but not perturbed. This attitude of silent observation is the very foundation of yoga. You see the picture, but you are not the picture.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  9. “Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  10. “The ultimate point of view is that there is nothing to understand, so when we try to understand, we are only indulging in acrobatics of the mind. Whatever you have understood, you are not. Why are you getting lost in concepts? You are not what you know, you are the knower.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  11. “Know yourself to be the changeless witness of the changeful mind. That is enough.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  12. “As you watch your mind, you discover yourself as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover yourself as the light behind the watcher.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  13. “All happiness comes from awareness. The more we are conscious the deeper the joy. Acceptance of pain, non-resistance, courage, and endurance – these open deep and perennial sources of real happiness, true bliss.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  14. “When you sit quiet and watch yourself, many things may come to the surface. Do nothing about them, don’t react to them. As they have come, so will they go, by themselves. All that matters is mindfulness, total awareness of oneself, or rather, of one’s mind.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  15. “Don’t pretend to be what you are not. Don’t refuse to be what you are.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  16. “You cannot change the course of events, but you can change your attitude, and what really matters is the attitude and not the mere event.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  17. “There is no need of a way out! Don’t you see that a way out is also part of the dream All you have to do is see the dream as dream. …Wherever it leads you, it will be a dream. The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory. Why go anywhere Just realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world and stop looking for ways out. The dream is not your problem. Your problem is that you like one part of your dream and not another. Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that needs be done.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  18. “You will receive everything you need when you stop asking for what you do not need” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  19. “Leave your mind alone, that is all. Do not go along with it. After all, there is no such thing as mind apart from thoughts which come and go obeying their own laws, not yours. They dominate you only because you are interested in them.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  20. “You are not the mind. If you know you are not the mind, then what difference does it make if it’s busy or quiet? You are not the mind.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes
  21. “To see Reality is as simple as to see one’s face in a mirror. Only, the mirror must be clear and true. A quiet mind, undistorted by desires and fears, free from ideas and opinions, clear on all the levels, is needed to reflect the Reality. Be clear and quiet; alert and detached, all else will happen by itself.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  22. “Stay open and quiet, that is all. What you seek is so near you that there is no place for a way.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  23. “Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelled, felt or thought, expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  24. “It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  25. “The world you think of is in your own mind.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  26. “To believe that you depend on things and people for happiness is due to ignorance of your true nature; to know that you need nothing to be happy, except self-knowledge, is wisdom.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  27. “The problem is not yours – it is your mind’s only. Begin by disassociating yourself from your mind. Resolutely remind yourself that you are not the mind and that its problems are not yours.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  28. “There are no steps to self-realization. There is nothing gradual about it. It happens suddenly and is irreversible. You rotate into a new dimension, seen from which the previous ones are mere abstractions. Just like on sunrise you see things as they are, so on self-realization, you see everything as it is. The world of illusions is left behind.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  29. “Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting. It is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  30. “Don’t ask the mind to confirm what is beyond the mind. Direct experience is the only valid confirmation.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  31. “Whatever happens, happens to you by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  32. “If you seek reality you must set yourself free of all backgrounds, of all cultures, of all patterns of thinking and feeling. Even the idea of being man or woman or even human should be discarded. The ocean of life contains all, not only humans. So, first of all abandon all self-identification, stop thinking of yourself as such-and-such or so-and-so, this or that. Abandon all self-concern, worry not about your welfare, material or spiritual, abandon every desire, gross or subtle, stop thinking of achievement of any kind. You are complete here and now, you need absolutely nothing.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes
  33. “Pain is physical; suffering is mental. Beyond the mind, there is no suffering. Pain is essential for the survival of the body, but none compels you to suffer. Suffering is due entirely to clinging or resisting; it is a sign of our unwillingness to move on, to flow with life.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  34. “The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  35. “To see myself in everybody, and everybody in myself, most certainly is love.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  36. “You are really in search of yourself, without knowing it. You are love-longing for the love-worthy, the perfect lovable. Due to ignorance you are looking for it in the world of opposites and contradictions. When you find it within, your search will be over.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  37. “It is only your self-identification with your mind that makes you happy or unhappy. Rebel against your slavery to your mind, see your bonds as self-created and break the chains of attachment and revulsion. Keep in mind your goal of freedom, until it dawns on you that you are already free, that freedom is not something in the distant future to be earned with painful efforts, but perennially one’s own, to be used! Liberation is not an acquisition but a matter of courage, the courage to believe that you are free already and to act on it.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  38. “There is only one meditation – the rigorous refusal to harbor thoughts.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  39. “When you demand nothing of the world, nor of God, when you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the supreme state will come to you uninvited and unexpected.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  40. “Watch your thoughts as you watch the street traffic. People come and go; you register without response. It may not be easy in the beginning, but with some practice you will find that your mind can function on many levels at the same time and you can be aware of them all.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  41. “You are so accustomed to think of yourselves as bodies having consciousness that you just cannot imagine consciousness as having bodies. Once you realize that bodily existence is but a state of mind, a movement in consciousness, that the ocean of consciousness is infinite and eternal, and that, when in touch with consciousness, you are the witness only, you will be able to withdraw beyond consciousness altogether.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  42. “Even faith in God is only a stage on the way. Ultimately you abandon all, for you come to something so simple that there are no words to express it.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  43. “Give up all ideas about yourself and simply be.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  44. “It has nothing to do with effort. Just turn away, look between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. When you happen to walk in a crowd, you do not fight every man you meet, you just find your way between. When you fight, you invite a fight. But when you do not resist, you meet no resistance. When you refuse to play the game, you are out of it.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  45. “If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. Its your restlessness that causes chaos.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes
  46. “The moment you know your real being, you are afraid of nothing. Death gives freedom and power. To be free in the world, you must die to the world. Then the universe is your own, it becomes your body, an expression and a tool. The happiness of being absolutely free is beyond description.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  47. “Do what you believe in and believe in what you do. The rest is a waste of time and energy.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  48. “The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false. To destroy the false, you must question your most inveterate beliefs. Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world – God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts – fears, religions, prayers, sacrifices, all sorts of systems – all to protect and support the child-man, frightened out of his wits by monsters of his own making. Realize that what you are cannot be born nor die and with the fear gone, all suffering ends.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes
  49. “Be conscious of yourself, watch your mind, give it your full attention. Don’t look for quick results; there may be none within your noticing. Unknown to you, your psyche will undergo a change; there will be more clarity in your thinking, charity in your feeling, purity in your behavior. You need not aim at these – you will witness the change all the same. For, what you are now is the result of inattention and what you become will be the fruit of attention.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  50. “Do not neglect this body. This is the house of God; take care of it, only in this body can God be realized.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  51. “Sometimes I feel I am everything, I call that Love. Sometimes I feel I am nothing, I call that Wisdom. Between Love and Wisdom, my life continuously flows.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  52. “Reality is neither subjective nor objective, neither mind nor matter, neither time nor space. These divisions need somebody to happen to, a conscious separate center. But reality is all and nothing, the totality and the exclusion, the fullness and the emptiness, fully consistent, absolutely paradoxical. You cannot speak about it, you can only lose yourself in it.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  53. “Freedom is from something. What are you to be free from? Obviously, you must be free from the person you take yourself to be, for it is the idea you have of yourself that keeps you in bondage.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  54. “Abandon false ideas, that is all. There is no need of true ideas. There aren’t any.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  55. “Who was born first, you or the world? As long as you give first place to the world, you are bound by it; once you realize, beyond all trace of doubt, that the world is in you and not you in the world, you are out of it. Of course, your body remains in the world and of the world, but you are not deluded by it.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  56. “Don’t rely on your mind for liberation. It is the mind that brought you into bondage. Go beyond it altogether.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  57. “The world has only as much power over you as you give it. Rebel. Go beyond duality.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  58. “When the mind is kept away from its preoccupations, it becomes quiet. If you do not disturb this quiet and stay in it, you find that it is permeated with a light and a love you have never known; and yet you recognize it at once as your own nature. Once you have passed through this experience, you will never be the same man again; the unruly mind may break its peace and obliterate its vision, but it is bound to return, provided the effort is sustained; until the day when all bonds are broken, delusions and attachments end and life becomes supremely concentrated in the present.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  59. “Moods are in the mind and do not matter. Go within, go beyond. Cease being fascinated by the content of your consciousness. When you reach the deep layers of your true being, you will find that the mind’s surface-play affects you very little.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  60. “Nothing can trouble you but your own imagination.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  61. Love.. is seeing the unity under the imaginary diversity.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  62. “Do not try to know the truth, for knowledge by the mind is not true knowledge. But you can know what is not true-which is enough to liberate you from the false. The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind. It is when you do not know, that you are free to investigate. And there can be no salvation, without investigation, because non-investigation is the main cause of bondage.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  63. “It is your fixed idea that you must be something or other, that blinds you.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  64. “There is no question of going anywhere, arriving anywhere, or doing anything; you are there already.” ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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