Excerpts from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's
I AM THAT
compiled and edited by
The Nisargadatta Song of I Am
The Nisargadatta Song of Beyond I Am
compiled and edited by Jerry Katz
CONTENTS1. I am not this person, this body-mind, or any thing. ....................................... 4
As I can't be what I perceive, I am not this body-mind or any thing that I am conscious of.As there must be something unchanging to register discontinuity, I am not this body-mind, which is neither continuous nor permanent.As the person is a changing stream of mental objects that I as the subject take to be my body-mind, I cannot be a person. Iam, but I can't be this or that.As it is my presence, which is always here and now, that gives the quality of actual to any event, I must be beyond time andspace. I was never born, nor will ever die.
2. I am the Self, the Witness of Consciousness, pure Awareness. ...................... 8
I 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 shapeless Awareness.Only the feeling "I am", though in the World, is not of the World nor can be denied.
3. The World exists only as a dream in my Consciousness: Part One ............... 12
As I only know the contents of my consciousness, and as an outside world is unprovable, all perceivables are only in mymind.Transient things only appear and have no substance.What changes has no reality. Time and space are imagined, ways of thinking, modes of perception. Only timeless reality is,and it is here and now.
4. The World exists only as a dream in my Consciousness: Part Two ................ 17
Whatever has a form is only limitations imagined in my consciousness.The World is but a show, a make-belief.The World I perceive is entirely private, a dream.Desire and fear come from seeing the World as separate from my-Self.While I see the dream as real, I'll suffer being its slave. Nothing in the dream is done by me.
5. There is only one dreamer, the one Self, dreaming many dreams. ....................... 22
In every body there is a dream, but the dreamer is the same, the one Self, which reflects itself in each body as "I am".