The world’s problems were created by numberless people like you, each full of his own desires and fears. Who can free you of your past, personal and social, except yourself? And how will you do it unless you see the urgent need of your being first free of cravings born of illusion? How can you truly help, as long as you need help yourself? ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
Indian guru Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897–1981) is frequently quoted throughout this book. The reason is that this direct man was adept at spiritual sound bites. His pithy, irreverent utterances leave off the religious trappings that those in his line of work tend to be overly fond of. Maharaj knew reality and cared to share his insights in digestible terms.
My destiny was to be born a simple man, a commoner, a humble tradesman, with little of formal education. My life was of the common kind, with common desires and fears. When through my faith in my teacher and obedience to his words I realized my true being, I left behind my human nature to look after itself, until its destiny is exhausted. Occasionally an old reaction, emotional or mental, happens in the mind, but it is at once noticed and discarded. After all, as long as one is burdened with a person, one is exposed to its idiosyncrasies and habits. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj