Pieces from "The wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj", by Robert Powell:

[retranslation from German: "Wo Wuensche und Aengste nicht sind ..."]


Spiritual maturity is being ready to let go everything. Giving up is

a first step, but real giving-up is the insight that there's nothing

to be given up, since nothing is your property.


When you know thoughts and their wonderful powers, and liberate them

from what has poisoned them - the idea of an own, separate person -,

you just let them alone, such that they can perform their appropriate

work. Letting the thoughts do their own work at their own place is



When you don't require anything from the world and nothing from God,

when you don't desire anything, when you don't strive for anything,

don't expect anything, the divine will enter you, unasked and unex-



The wish for truth is the best of all wishes, but it's still a wish.

All wishes must be given up, that the truth can enter your life.


When you encounter sorrow and suffering, remain with it and don't

try to escape from it. Don't throw yourself into blind activity.

Neither learning nor acting can really help. Be with the presence

of sorrow and uncover their roots - help with insight is real help.


Understanding confusion means becoming free of it.


The world and the thinking are states of being. The divine is not

a state, it penetrates all states, but is no state of anything else.


Nothing extraordinary can happen to a consciousness knowing exactly

what it wants.


Delayed reaction is wrong reaction. Thinking, feeling and action

must be a unity and happen together with the situation requiring



What is the worth of a hapiness for which you must strive and work?

Real happiness is spontaneous and effortless.


In my view, everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously.

But humans think they would work for a win, towards a purpose.


There's nothing from which the world could profit more than from

giving up profit. A man who's no longer thinking in terms of winning

and loosing is truly non-violent man, since he's above all conflicts.


It's the nature of thinking to differentiate things and specialize

itself. There's no harm to that, but it isn't true when one thinks

of oneself as separate from things. Things and humans are different,

but not separate. Nature is one, reality is one. There are opposites,

but no contradictions.


You will receive everything you need when you stop asking for what

you do not need.


There's no state in which one is seeing reality. WHO is seeing WHAT?

You can only BE real. (And that you are always.) The problem exists

only in thinking. Let all false ideas go, that's all. There's no

need for true ideas. (Since there are none.)


Suffering is exclusively the result of attachment or resistance,

it is a sign of lacking readiness to go on, to flow with life.

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