The real world is beyond the mind’s ken; we see it through the net of our desires, divided into pleasure and pain, right and wrong, inner and outer. To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do so, for the net is full of holes. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
In his early adulthood, Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897–1981) ran a string of small-goods stores, which mainly sold beedis (south Asian cigarettes). He smoked these spicy cigarettes his entire adult life. They took their toll.
Maharaj died of throat cancer at 81. The cancer was to him a painful inconvenience, which he stoically accepted. Maharaj made himself available to seekers until he was no longer able physically.
When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. ~ American singer Lee Ann Womack in the song “I Hope You Dance” (1999) (“I Hope You Dance” was written by American songwriters Tia Sillers & Mark Sanders.)
When he was still healthy, it struck many visitors odd that Maharaj would participate in the daily rituals – dancing and chanting – that took place in his ashram. They wondered why he felt the need to do that.
Maharaj needed nothing. He simply lived the life that was enjoyable to him.
Do not take the trouble to acquire or renounce anything. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj