The Nisargadatta Sadhana
1. You have to understand your sense of ‘being’, ‘presence’ or the feeling ‘I am’ which you may also call consciousness or awareness in its absolute purity. The best way to do it is to go back in time and try to recollect when for the first time you came to know that ‘you are’ or ‘I am’, which is usuallyaround the age of three or so.2. Why try to recollect it? Because when the feeling ‘I am’ appeared for the first time it was in its absolute purity, it was devoid of words and had noadjuncts whatsoever.3. This phase of living with the pure sense of ‘just being’ or the ‘I am’ without words continues for some time and then gradually thecontamination begins. This sets in the process we call ‘conditioning’ whichcarves you out into an individual living in the world under a certain set of circumstances.4. As you grow up into an adult the burden of all these post ‘I am’ add-onsor contaminants become so heavy that the original pure ‘I am’ is completely forgotten and lost under it. The ‘I am’ in its absolute purity is even thereright now with you except that you are unable to notice it or catch it.5. If you are unable to recollect the moment when for the first time you cameto know that ‘you are’ or ‘I am’, then you can try to observe it when you just wake up. This will require some effort, because when you just wake up, themovement ‘I am this body called so-and-so in the world, I have to do this or that…’ is so fast that you fail to pay attention to the pure ‘I am’.6. The first may be called the ‘childhood recollection’ approach while the second may be called the ‘waking up’ approach. You may use whichever suits you best or you may also use a combination of both, the idea is toapproach the ‘I am’ in its absolute purity.