By Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Is it a mental process? Is there still afaculty witnessing all this? M: The mind understands because of the consciousness. Q; Then it is all an automatic happening? M: That is true. The mind interprets whatever the concept is, the base is consciousness on which the concept arises at the moment. Q; So what is there actually to attain ifyou cannot change this consciousness and you canttot touch, cannot reach by words? It is there all the time, right now. Sofor what are we here? Doingbelongs to themind- thatis clear - it is going on likean automato«.
Man has evolved all kinds of things for his own preservation, the preservation of the consciousness. I am not any longer concerned with, and no longer want, the continuation of either the body or the vital breath. That bundle of three states and three attributes! has been born, and whatever happens, happens to that bundle, and I am not concerned with it. That is why I am totally fearless, without any reaction to a disease which would be traumatic to others. Having known that I am not that which has been born, yet there is some little attachment to that with which I have been associated for a long time - it is a speck ofattachment because of eighty-four years' association.
M: How long did you practice to become a woman? The first stage is to transcend this body-mind sense, it is easy, but to transcend consciousness is very difficult. Beingness is a very powerful potential knowledge, because of that you have all other knowledge, therefore it is difficult to get rid of this knowledge. Q: Is it separate from the Unmanifest? M: From your point of view it is separate; from my standpoint it is not separate. Sri Krishna said that whatever is, is myself only. Saguna and nirguna, both myself only.