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Q: Does not a jnani feel sorrow when his child dies, does he not suffer?

M: He suffers with those who suffer. The event itself is of little importance, but he is full of compassion for the suffering being, whether alive or dead, in the body or out of it. After all, love and compassion are his very nature. He is one with all that lives and love is that oneness in action.

Q: People are very much afraid of death.

M: The jnani is afraid of nothing. But he pities the man who is afraid. After all to be born, to live and to die is natural. To be afraid is not. To the event, of course, attention is given.

Q: Imagine you are ill -- high fever, aches, shivers. The doctor tells you the condition is serious, there are only a few days to live. What would be your first reaction?

M: No reaction. As it is natural for the incense stick to burn out, so it is natural for the body to die. Really, it is a matter of very little importance. What matters is that I am neither the body nor the mind. I am.

Q: Your family will be desperate, of course. What would you tell them?

M: The usual stuff: fear not, life goes on, God will protect you, we shall be soon together again and
so on. But to me the entire commotion is meaningless, for I am not the entity that imagines itself alive or dead. I am neither born nor can I die. I have nothing to remember or to forget.

Q: How does the jnani fare after death?

M: The jnani is dead already. Do you expect him to die again?

Q: Are sin and virtue one and the same?

M: These are all man-made values! What are they to me? What ends in happiness is virtue, what ends in sorrow is sin. Both are states of mind. Mine is not a State of mind.

Q: There is some mystery in it which I cannot fathom. How can the mind be a part of nature?

M: Because nature is in the mind; without the mind where is nature?

Q: If nature is in the mind and the mind is my own, I should be able to control nature, which is not really the case. Forces beyond my control determine my behaviour.

M: Develop the witness attitude and you will find in your own experience that detachment brings control. The state of witnessing is full of power, there is nothing passive about it.

Source: I am That Book By Nisargadatta Maharaj


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Re: Nisargadatta Maharaj tells us to develop the witness attitude
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010, 10:42:16 AM »

A Brahma Jnani like Bhagavan Ramana is like a mirror.  He simply
reflects the emotions and feelings of the suffering devotees.
But He knew that everything is unreal.  But He also sympathizes
with people who suffer.  He reflects their sorrows.  Once Echammal
came to Him, crying, with the grandson on her hand, when her
foster daughter, had died, after delivering the baby.  She cried
inconsolably.  Bhagavan Ramana also wept on seeing her conditions.  This is a Brahma Jnani's attitude.  He is full of compassion and grace.  But at the same time, He does not disturb the destiny. For Him, there is neither destiny nor free will.  He is beyond both.  Bhagavan Ramana also expressed the same emotions when Subbramaiah came to Him, after his wife had died and ten day
ceremonies were over.  In this case, Bhagavan Ramana did not
cry but gazed him with a flood of sympathy and compassion.
And this was a real tonic for G.V. Subbramaiah.

Arunachala Siva.