ASMI Excerpts from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's I AM THATcompiled and edited by Miguel-Angel CarrascowithThe Nisargadatta Song of I Am and The Nisargadatta Song of Beyond I Amcompiled and edited by Jerry KatzCONTENTS1. I am not this person, this body-mind, or any thing........................................ 4As I can't be what I perceive, I am not this body-mind or any thing that I amconscious of.As there must be something unchanging to register discontinuity, I am not thisbody-mind, which is neither continuous nor permanent.As the person is a changing stream of mental objects that I as the subject take tobe my body-mind, I cannot be a person. I am, but I can't be this or that.As it is my presence, which is always here and now, that gives the quality ofactual to any event, I must be beyond time and space. I was never born, nor willever die.2. I am the Self, the Witness of Consciousness, pure Awareness....................... 8I am only the Self , which is universal and imagines itself to be the outer self,a person.I am not an object in Consciousness but its source, its Witness, pure shapelessAwareness.Only the feeling "I am", though in the World, is not of the World nor can bedenied.3. The World exists only as a dream in my Consciousness: Part One ...............12As I only know the contents of my consciousness, and as an outside world isunprovable, all perceivables are only in my mind.Transient things only appear and have no substance.What changes has no reality. Time and space are imagined, ways of thinking, modesof perception. Only timeless reality is, and it is here and now.4. The World exists only as a dream in my Consciousness: Part Two ................17Whatever has a form is only limitations imagined in my consciousness.The World is but a show, a make-belief.