‘I am’ :The Mahamantra of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Pradeep Apte

First edition 2009 C Pradeep Apte aptep@yahoo.com India

Introduction
This small text was prepared in one sitting of about and hour or so. It is primarily meant to be used as a daily reading at least once at the beginning of the day in order to get stabilized in the ‘I am’. If one can do it more number of times it’s all the more beneficial. I believe that those who go through this text are already familiar with the techings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Even if one has not read anything about him it will in some way inspire him to know more about Maharaj and his teachings.

Pradeep Apte 31 December 2008
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‘I am’ The Mahamantra*
(The great reminder)

‘I am’ Watching The ‘I am’

1 The ‘I am’ is the mahamantra* given to me by my Guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

2 The Guru said: always abide in the ‘I am’, let it be your God, Guru and guide.

3 The ‘I am’ means ‘I am’ only and nothing else.

4 The ‘I am’ without words is pure awareness without form.

5 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

6 I ever abide in the ‘I am’.

7 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

8 The ‘I am’ is my destiny, I dwell in it.

9 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

10 The ‘I am’ is the only identity I have.

11 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

12 I see the ‘I am’ in everything I perceive or conceive.

13 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

14 The throb of ‘I am, I am’ goes on forever.

15 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

16 The ‘I am’ is indeed the God in me.

17 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

18 The ‘I am’ is the only sravana*, manana* and nididhyasana* I know.

19 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

20 The ‘I am’ is the only eight limbed yoga I know.

21 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

22 The ‘I am’ is the only jnana* I know.

23 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

24 The ‘I am’ is the only samadhi* I know.

25 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

26 The ‘I am’ is the only teaching and religion I know.

27 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

28 All that I know is the ‘I am’.

29 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

30 Abidance in the ‘I am’ is the only sadhana* to be done.

31 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

32 The one abiding in the ‘I am’ can do no wrong.

33 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

34 The one abiding in the ‘I am’ has no questions or doubts.

35 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

36 The one abiding in the ‘I am’ is free forever.

37 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

38 The ‘I am’ is the turiya* your true natural state.

39 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

40 There are no differences in the ‘I am’, all differences are post ‘I am’ modifications.

41 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

42 To be irreversibly established in the ‘I am’ is turiya*, which is turiyatita* as well.

43 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

44 The ‘I am’ disappears on being irreversibly established in it.

45 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

46 The ‘I am’ is bound to disappear as there is only the ‘I am’ everywhere and nothing else.

47 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

48 The sadhana* of abiding in the ‘I am’ must go on till the ‘I am’ disappears.

49 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

50 I ever abide in the ‘I am’ and thus have no requirements.

51 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

52 The ‘I am’ is my gateway to freedom.

53 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

54 Abiding in the ‘I am’, impartiality prevails, as all is the ‘I am’.

55 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

56 Abiding in the ‘I am’, love abounds, as all is the ‘I am’.

57 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

58 Abiding in the ‘I am’, stillness and silence prevail, as all is the ‘I am’.

59 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

60 The ‘I am’ is most fundamental, without it nothing exists.

61 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

62 The more I dwell in the ‘I am’ the more is the peace.

63 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

64 Irreversible establishment in the ‘I am’ is eternal peace.

65 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

66 There is no fear or misery as I abide in the ‘I am’.

67 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

68 There is no desire as I abide in the ‘I am’.

69 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

70 There is no conflict as I abide in the ‘I am’.

71 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

72 To abide in the ‘I am’ is the only vow to be taken.

73 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

74 To abide in the ‘I am’ is the highest renunciation.

75 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

76 To abide in the ‘I am’ is the greatest sadhana*.

77 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

78 To get irreversibly established in the ‘I am’ is the highest siddhi* ever known.

79 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

80 The more I dwell in the ‘I am’ the more I like it.

81 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

82 The ‘I am’ has taken hold of me and wouldn’t leave me now.

83 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

84 Only the fortunate ones come to know the ‘I am’ and abide in it.

85 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

86 The ‘I am’ is the only truth, the only reality that you need to know.

87 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

88 The only free will you have is to abide in the ‘I am’.

89 I am not the body ‘I am’ only the ‘I am’.

90 The redemption of all lies in abiding in the ‘I am’.

91 Mankind shall forever remember my Guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj for handing down this priceless and astonishingly simple legacy of the ‘I am’.

*
Mahamantra: Great Spiritual chant. Sravana: Listening to Guru’s words. Manana: Reflecting on the Guru’s words. Nididhyasana: Direct experience of Guru’s words. Jnana: True or direct knowledge of the reality or the Self. Samadhi: Direct but temporary experience of the Self. Sadhana: Spiritual practice to attain liberation. Turiya: The fourth state that underlies the states of waking, dreaming and sleeping. Turiyatita: Beyond the fourth state. Siddhi: Attainment or power.

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