Nisargadatta Maharaj: In reality there is no person


The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding. In reality, there is no such thing.

Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession, leaving traces in the brain and creating an illusion of continuity.

A reflection of the watcher in the mind creates the sense of “I” and the person acquires an apparently independent existence.

In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying himself with the ‘I’ and the ‘mine’.

Taken from I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj

Tom’s comments:

Stop and look to see the mechanics by which the sense of ‘I’ is built, see that the mind is nothing but a succession of thoughts flitting across the screen of your consciousness.

Like rapidly moving spokes on a wheel create the illusion of a solid disc, the illusion of a self, the ‘I’, is created by a succession of self-referential thoughts.

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