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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

What is Moksha

As the personal life picks up steam and march madness subsides, I have a hard time thinking of blogging. I am also reading Nisargadatta's I AM THAT and many words are like Ooooh....Hmmmm....Ahhh moments. There is so much that this book offers that I know I will need to read this book over and over again. Just going through a portion of this book is reinforcing and energizing for my adopted path. I want to capture aspects of his book and put it on my blog, but there is so much. Reading his book is also a confirmation of many of my inner thoughts and realization too.

Here is what I came across from a conversation with Ramana...and it fits in exactly with my concept of Moksha. Hopefully, once we are realized, we never become un-realized. I would think so. Once we have crossed over and done something, it makes it easier to get that home run the next time around.

I go back and think over my life as it has transpired thus far and all the moments of worry and the moments of intense desire and I realise that those moments were really futile. I am still alive in this current state - and still alright. So why did I worry? But I continue to worry and have that need to be running with the world, when I do know that nothing gets carried over to the after life....if you know what I mean.

Disciple: What is moksha (liberation)?

M.: Moksha is to know that you were not born. “Be still and know that I am God.” To be still is not to think. Know, and not think, is the word.

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