Pretending to know the self.

A good friend sent me this quote below.

Many so-called ‘teachers’ talk as if they know the Self, and see it to be obscured and clouded by ignorance and illusion, however that very notion is incorrect as the Self is “as it is”, real and unchanging – indicating that even though they talk as if they ‘know’ the Self, it is quite evident, from what they say and profess, that they don’t really know it at all.  By pretending to know the self, how can anything be taught about the self?  Nothing can be taught about the self – it is what you ARE.

“Neither ignorance nor illusion ever happened to you.
Find the self to which you ascribe ignorance and illusion and your question(s) will be answered.
You talk as if you know the self and see it to be under the sway of ignorance and illusion.
But, in fact, you do not know the self, nor are you aware of ignorance.

By all means, become aware. This will bring you to the self and you will realize that there is neither ignorance nor delusion in it.

It is like saying: If there is sun, how can darkness be?
As under a stone there will be darkness, however strong the sunlight, so in the shadow of the “I-am-the-body” consciousness there must be ignorance and illusion.
Don’t ask ‘why’ and ‘how’.
It is in the nature of creative imagination to identify itself with its creations.
You can stop it any moment by switching off attention.
….Or through investigation.

                                                                             ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  1. I would like to say…And yet, those ‘obscurations’ are one probable cause of the difficulty many have to see or change the focus from the mind to its real nature…?

  2. I would like to say…the unloseable self can not be found by a form’s sensors though it can be seen as the present and known as the unknowable truth. The rest is just