Dunn edited and printed copies of a booklet by Maharaj himself the only one originally written by his own hand called "Self Knowledge and Self Realization". They were compiled from daily talks given by Maharaj at his Bombay apartment from onwards. Jean Dunn was a chain smoker as was Maharaj and suffered from emphasema as a result. In about , when flying to Los Angeles, the partially pressurized airplane trip nearly killed her. She told friends stories about Maharaj and the games he played with her. Her world revolved around him as befits a true Bhakta.
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Jean Dunn had the rare opportunity of being close to the contemporary sage, Nisargadatta Maharaj. With unquestioning faith, she wholeheartedly absorbed the teachings and presence of Maharaj, opening herself up like a reed to the flow of consciousness that Nisargadatta Maharaj was and is.
This is an interview between Jean Dunn and The Inner Directions Journal, followed by a few selections from the personal diary she kept from I was interested in Joel Goldsmith. All my life, it seems I have been searching for something. We all are searching but usually in the wrong places; it does lead us on. I was told that he was preparing to visit India when he died. I felt there was no need to see anyone else since the Maharshi was my teacher.
I put off the trip twice. The third time friends came and asked me to go, I agreed. So I did, and that was it. When Maharaj got very sick, during the last couple of years of his life, I moved to Bombay. Did he have a special routine? I would arrive before it started and help clean up the room from the day before. After arati I went out for coffee and returned to help Maharaj hang the garlands and put kumkum vermilion on the pictures of different saints hanging in the room.
There was a meditation for an hour, then bhajans devotional singing. From a. When the visitors left, we usually went out for tea or buttermilk. Maharaj would usually buy something for his granddaughter; he was crazy about her. When Maharaj rested in the afternoon, I would often go and just sit with him. Following the evening session there were bhajans, then Maharaj read from various Hindu scriptures, explaining the meaning in Marathi, the local language.
Would you say that was one of the unique aspects of his teachings? He was so natural, and yet you knew that he knew he was not that body. He let that body do whatever it was doing, whatever its nature was. He gave me a mantra. Did he ever admit to that? Did he ever talk about that? Maharaj left everything after his Guru died; he was going to the Himalayas and decided to stay there until he got Realization.
Along the way he was walking barefoot in an area where there were no houses to be seen. As soon as he felt hungry, he noticed smoke coming from a house on his left, so he approached it to ask the residents for food. The residents fed him and he drank water from their well. When he went back to the road and turned to look behind, from where he had just come, there was no house there at all.
Later, in the Himalayas he met a fellow disciple who persuaded him that it was more fruitful spiritually, to go back into the world. So he did and he returned to Bombay. He only had one business left out of eight, so he took care of that business while all of his spare time was spent upstairs in meditation.
It took him three years, after his teacher died, to realize his true nature. I probably needed all the teachings; just being in his presence was the key. The only thing he continued to carry on, in a traditional sense, were bhajans. This has nothing to do with the world. That love is your own Self. Do you find that this understanding may be missing on the part of the reader? Until you meet your Guru or become one with the Guru within, the understanding is mostly intellectual.
Maharaj said that this generation is ready for this teaching. There was a time when devotion to a God was prevalent; now people want Truth and the search is with the intellect. This love combines with knowledge, and you yourself are that knowledge. What is the I Am he refers to? That I Amness is the same as Consciousness, that which lets you know you exist. I had been home to visit my family, and when I came back, there was no recording taking place.
The talks were so deep that Suresh Mehta and I got a tape recorder and asked Vanaja, who attended daily, to record the talks for us. When she sent me the completed tapes, I just started transcribing them.
It was continuing without anyone mentioning it until Maharaj discovered what I was doing. He then gave me his blessings, and it just developed into the books. What effort can give you that which you already are? Simply observe that which you have been identifying with, with detachment, make no judgments; do not try to change anything. What is this thing which you have identified with?
You will find that it is just like a robot or computer, which has been programmed by others. A child lives in pure Consciousness at a very young age. Others, such as teachers, friends, etc. Complete what you start to the best of your ability. Do not talk about the experiences you have with the blooming of the Consciousness; keep it to yourself. Stabilize in the Consciousness. Stabilize the Consciousness. Self must be determined to do this.
You must make a decision. That which does not get polluted with the experiences of the objective world is sacred.
A person who is already dead is not worried about anything. All my actions are not through my body and mind but always Universal Consciousness, appearing to work through this body. It is action in the now. It is a feeling that it comes and goes. Is it karmic? When people first learned about this illness, those who have affection for me come and talk to me and write to me. They give so many medicines and advice. Why should I do that? Whatever has to happen will happen.
I have no interest. Why should I run from doctor to doctor? Those who have fear run from doctor to doctor, from medicine to medicine. In the Absolute there is no emotion. You can take it that Sat-Chit-Ananda is the limit which your mind can describe of that state which cannot be described.
The one who experiences Sat-Chit-Ananda is there before the experience. You see me as tangible you think I am, but actually I am not. In my true state, I am not. It is Consciousness that stabilizes in Itself. Looking at me This one has understood her nature. It is all due to her faith in the Guru.
Unless you have such faith in the Guru, you do not establish in your Self. These people go from this swami to that swami. What for? To gather knowledge from scriptures. Stick to your Consciousness; remain in that, and all the burden of your concepts will drop off. Do not take the help of your Consciousness to build up new concepts. Who is the one who sings bhajans? It is the intellect of that Guru; who are you, an intruder? The actions of the whole world depend on this intellect, but when this intellect reaches its apex, it gets merged into Parabrahman the Absolute.
Maestros y Autores (cuasi-tradicional)
By Jean Dunn The teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj have been published in several books using the original question-and-answer format in which the teachings were given. Many people from the West have come to follow his precepts through their reading of these collections. Now, another in the golden link of guideposts is presented here as Consciousness and the Absolute. In this book you will find the last teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, the final dialogues he had with the people who had come from all over the world to hear his words. These talks, coming during the last days of his life, were the culmination of the rarest teachings he had to give us; they were the summit of the heights of his wisdom. This article is reprinted from the book Consciousness and the Absolute.
The Way of Nisargadatta Maharaj – Jean Dunn
Edited by Jean Dunn Note from www. Both versions of the book are on this website. The original is here. Jean made this adaptation because she thought it was easier to understand, but you may like the original better. Foreword by Jean Dunn I first purchased this little book in Bombay in , and while it was difficult to read, it was so very dear that I decided to edit it, making it easier to understand. I did this for myself, and just recently, after lending it to others, and on their insistence, I decided to print a few copies for those on the spiritual path. I tried and failed to trace the original publishers.
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Maharaj had an extraordinary intellect and personal power. Most of us only know him from his transcribed and translated talks which dwell on his intellect. The little book he wrote found on this site reveals another man. What more is there? This page will be dedicated to publishing personal meetings with Maharaj. There is nothing more telling about a person than how they relate to others. Even then, a lot that goes on in these interchanges is cultural, such as the bruskness of some Zen masters.
Self-Knowledge and Self-Realization
Jean Dunn had the rare opportunity of being close to the contemporary sage, Nisargadatta Maharaj. With unquestioning faith, she wholeheartedly absorbed the teachings and presence of Maharaj, opening herself up like a reed to the flow of consciousness that Nisargadatta Maharaj was and is. This is an interview between Jean Dunn and The Inner Directions Journal, followed by a few selections from the personal diary she kept from I was interested in Joel Goldsmith.