Jean Dunn had the rare opportunity of being close to the contemporary sage, Nisargadatta Maharaj. With unquestioning faith, she wholeheartedly absorbed the teachings and presence of Maharaj, opening herself up like a reed to the flow of consciousness that Nisargadatta Maharaj was and is. This is an interview between Jean Dunn and The Inner Directions Journal , followed by a few selections from the personal diary she kept from I was interested in Joel Goldsmith.
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The teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj have been published in several books using the original question-and-answer format in which the teachings were given. Many people from the West have come to follow his precepts through their reading of these collections. Now, another in the golden link of guideposts is presented here as Consciousness and the Absolute.
In this book you will find the last teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, the final dialogues he had with the people who had come from all over the world to hear his words. These talks, coming during the last days of his life, were the culmination of the rarest teachings he had to give us; they were the summit of the heights of his wisdom. This article is reprinted from the book Consciousness and the Absolute. The scene for these talks was the small upstairs room which he had built some fifty years before, for his own meditation.
So many seekers had come to him for spiritual guidance over a span of forty years! Now his talks were short, terse, during the pain-filled days of the illness cancer. It was abundantly clear that although the body was in terrible pain, he knew he was not that body.
We knew his body was suffering because he told us; yet we never heard a moan or a whimper from his lips. It was awe-inspiring simply to watch him. He was whatever was needed: kind, gentle, patient, abrupt, abrasive, impatient. Moods passed over him like summer breeze, barely touching him. But the very repetition of his teachings is meaningful, for we have built up a hard shell around this pseudo-ego to protect it; therefore, constant hammering is needed to break this shell. The repetitious style of his teaching is part of his wisdom and teaching skill.
One soon sees that it is just like a robot which has been programmed by others. We are to turn within to that which lets us know that we are, to become one with that.
At the present time, Consciousness is what we are, not personal Consciousness, but impersonal, universal Consciousness. In course of time, the Consciousness will show us that we are not even this, but we are that Eternal Absolute, unborn, undying. All shadings of his singular wisdom are reflected during these last, poignant conversations with those who were privileged to be in his presence. When you read his words, may you find in them his blessings.
Nisargadatta Maharaj Our main page on Nisargadatta. Bio, teachings, links, recommended books, etc. An American spiritual book dealer has told us that this is his number-one seller.
More than five hundred pages of transcribed conversations allow you to eavesdrop on Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, the most famous teacher of Advaita since Ramana Maharshi, as he sits in his living room and answers questions from visitors who have come to ask what they should do to become enlightened.
See it on Amazon. The Ultimate Medicine. This book contains transcripts of conversations that Sri Nisargadatta held with visitors about a year before his death, when he was 83 years old and sick with cancer. Although it affords extraordinary glimpses into the mind of a man who had been self-realized for over half a century, the tone is occasionally impatient and even cranky. This is a good book to read after you've finished I Am That. The Nectar of Immortality. This book contains transcripts of 21 talks given by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj in , shortly before his death.
This is the last book in the three-volume series that Jean Dunn made of conversations held by Nisargadatta during the last two years of his life when he was dying of cancer. This volume, like the second, contains conversations that occurred between April and July This website contains hundreds of pages of information for people who want to become enlightened. You can contact us in our forum or write to our email address.
By Jean Dunn The teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj have been published in several books using the original question-and-answer format in which the teachings were given. Consciousness and the Absolute: The final talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Edited by Jean Dunn This is the last book in the three-volume series that Jean Dunn made of conversations held by Nisargadatta during the last two years of his life when he was dying of cancer.
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The Way of Nisargadatta Maharaj – Jean Dunn
Jean Dunn speaks about life with Nisargadatta Maharaj. Jean Dunn : I am just a normal person of fifty-nine who has been searching all her life until, ten years ago, she heard of Ramana Maharshi. She visited his ashram, went back to the States, then returned to India, where she has been living for the past four years. Two years ago she met Nisargadatta Maharaj, and he became her guru. Did he give you some form of initiation?
Jean Dunn Journals: Being with Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Jean Dunn was one of Nisargadatta's closest devotees. These never-before-seen Journals offer great insights into Sri Nisargadatta's highest teachings, during the last period of his life, when he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. They also reveal Jean Dunn's closeness with her Guru and her journey from illusion to Reality. A riveting read! Nisargadatta acknowledged Jean as having realized her true nature. She was a Jnani in her own right. He instructed her to carry on his work after his body expired.