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Earnestness in the Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Earnestness in the Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Earnestness in the Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
by Daniel Avital on Saturday, 3 December 2011 at 17:22
The compilation of Nisargadatta Maharaj's quotes on earnestness I am presenting to this wonderfully devoted group have been collected in service and devotion to my timeless Guru. When I first came across Sri Nisargadatta's teachings almost three years ago I thought the`man' was either mad or the Absolute.
Despite my first impression, somehow, the power of his words brought my mind to silence, a silence that left room for a trust that later turn into pure love and devotion. I do not doubt any of his words today. There is just no room in me for it.
My lack of understanding clouded by my seeking mind interpreted "earnestness" as meaning I should seek harder, buy more books and go to more Satsangs until one day I read that earnestness is the desire to go within, to investigate and reject all that is not true; that which came after the "I am". I hope these reminders are of benefit.
 “Just like gold made into ornaments has no advantage over gold dust, except when the mind makes it so, so are we one in bei
ng -- we differ only inappearance. We discover it by being earnest, by searching, enquiring, questioning daily and hourly, by giving one's life to t
his discovery” 
 “How do you go about finding anything? By keeping your mind and heart in it. Interest ther
e must be and steady remembrance. To remember what needs
to be remembered is the secret of success. You come to it through earnestness” 
 “It is neither difficult, nor a protracted process; earnestness is the only condition of success” 
 “No way is short o
r long, but some people are more in earnest and some are less. I can tell you about myself. I was a simple man, but I trusted my Guru.
What he told me to do, I did” 
 “As a result of faith and earnest application, I realised my Self (
) within three
 “You may choose any way that suits you; your earnestness will determine the rate of progress” 
 “Action is a proof of earnestness. Do what you are told diligently and faithfully and all obstacles will dissolve” 
 “Experiment with any theory you like
if you are truly earnest and honest, the attainment of reality will be yours” 
 “You are being offered several plans of your prison, none quite true. But they all are of some value, only if you are in dead
earnest. It is the earnestness
that liberates and not the theory” 
 “Whatever name you give it: will, or steady purpose, or one pointedness of the mind, you come back to earnestness, sincerity,
honesty. When you are indead earnest, you bend every incident, every second of your life to your purpose. You do not waste time and energy on other things. You are totally
dedicated, call it will, or love, or plain honesty” 
 “First purify your vision, learn to see instead of staring, and you will perceive the parrot. Also yo
u must be eager to see. You need both clarity andearnestness for self-knowledge. You need maturity of heart and mind, which comes through earnest application in daily life of whatever little you haveunderstood. There is no such thing as compromise in
 “If you want to sin, sin wholeheartedly and openly. Sins too have their lessons to teach the earnest sinner, as virtues
-- the earnest saint. It is the mixing upthe two that is so disastrous. Nothing can block you so effectively as compromise, for it
shows lack of earnestness, without which nothing can be done” 
 “Desire what is worth desiring and desire it well. Just like you pick your way in a crowd, passing between people, so you fin
d your way between events,without missing your general direction.
It is easy, if you are earnest” 
 “The greatest Guru is helpless as long as the disciple is not eager to learn. Eagerness and earnestness are all
-important. Confidence will come withexperience. Be devoted to your goal -- and devotion to him who can guide you will follow. If your desire and confidence are strong, they will operate and
take you to your goal, for you will not cause delay by hesitation and compromise” 
 “You give reality to concepts, while concepts are distortions of reality. Abandon all conc
eptualisation and stay silent and attentive. Be earnest about it and all
will be well with you” 
 “The more earnest you are, the less belief you need, for soon you will find your faith in me justified” 
 “No need of faith which is but expectation of result
s. Here the action only counts. Whatever you do for the sake of truth, will take you to truth. Only be
earnest and honest. The shape it takes hardly matters” 
 “If you could but keep in mind what you do not know, it would reveal to you its secrets. But if 
you are shallow and impatient, not earnest enough to look 
and wait, you are like a child crying for the moon” 
 “You are trouble
-prone. I am immune. Anything may happen --
what is needed is sincere interest. Earnestness does it” 
 “If the seeker is earnest
, the light can be given. The light is for all and always there, but the seekers are few, and among those few, those who are ready
are very rare. Ripeness of heart and mind is indispensable” 
 “After all, the realised man is the most earnest man. Whatever
he does, he does it completely, without limitations and reservations. Integrity will take you to
 “The more earnest you are at remembering what needs to be remembered, the sooner will you be aware of yourself as you are, fo
r memory will becomeexperience. Earnestness reveals being. What is imagined and willed becomes actuality -- here lies the danger a
s well as the way out” 
 “Earnestness reveals being. What is imagined and willed becomes actuality
here lies the danger as well as the way out” 
 “If you are earnest, you don't need moving about. You are yourself wherever you are and you create your own
climate. Locomotion and transportation willnot give you salvation. You are not the body and dragging the body from place to place will take you nowhere. Your mind is free to roam the three worlds --
make full use of it” 
 “Do your work. When you have a m
oment free, look within. What is important is not to miss the opportunity when it presents itself. If you are earnest you
will use your leisure fully. That is enough” 
 “But the main thing that helps is to have reality within. It will assert itself. Your c
oming here definitely helped you. It is not the only thing that is going to
help you. The main thing is your own being. Your very earnestness testifies to it” 
 “The main thing is earnestness. Be honest with yourself and nothing will betray you. Virtues an
d powers are mere tokens for children to play with. They are
useful in the world, but do not take you out of it. To go beyond, you need alert immobility, quiet attention” 
 “Given confidence and pliability, he can bring about a radical change in the discip
le speedily. Deep insight in the Guru and earnestness in the disciple, bothare needed. It cannot be done, of course. It must happen. But it does happen when you truly see the need of it. Again, earnes
tness is the golden key” 
 “You either let yourself be
carried by the river of life and love represented by your Guru, or you make your own efforts, guided by your inner star. In both
cases you must move on, you must be earnest” 
 “It depends on your temperament. If you are earnest, whatever way you choose will take you to your goal. It is the earnestness that is the decisive factor” 
 “The means do not matter much; it is the desire, the urge, the earnestness that count” 
 “You are the infinite focussed in a body. Now you see the body only. Try earnestly and you will come to see the infinite only” 
 “If you are earnest, you will find that in the end you will get fed up with roaming and regret the waste of energy and time.
To find your Self you need not
take a single step” 
 “It may take a thousand years, but really no time is required. All you need is to be in dead earnest. Here the will is the de
ed. If you are sincere, you have it. After all, it is a matter of attitude. Nothing stops you from being a
here and now, exce
pt fear” 

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