Pain and Pleasure

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Between the banks of pain and pleasure the river of life flows. It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life, and gets stuck at the banks, that it becomes a problem. By flowing with life I mean acceptance — letting come what comes and go what goes. Desire not, fear not, observe the actual, as and when it happens, for you are not what happens, you are to whom it happens. Ultimately even the observer you are not. You are the ultimate potentiality of which the all-embracing consciousness is the manifestation and expression.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, I am that

N.B. Thank you to Andy Hobson for introducing this quote to me through his course on Insight Timer and from there to Sri Nisagadatta Maharaj who I had never heard of before but am now delving into his book “I Am That”.

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