The wisdom contained in this collection, edited by Jean Dunn, emerged from dialogues with those who came from all over the world to learn the mysteries of life at the feet of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, one of the most revered holy men of India.
The residence of this renowned spiritual guide was a tiny room in a crowded and noisy street in Bombay. Morris Frydman, who immortalized Maharaj's teachings in the first collection of the dialogues, I AM THAT, in 1973, vividly describes the man and his surroundings : "In the humble abode of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, but for the electric lights and the noises of the street traffic, one would not know in which period of human history one dwells. There is an atmosphere of timelessness about this tiny room; the subjects discussed are timeless - valid for all times. The way they are expounded and examined is also timeless...one deals with matters immensely ancient and eternally new.. Whence came I ? What am I ? Whither go I ? Such questions have no beginning and will never end. And it is crucial to know the answers, for without the full understanding of oneself, both in time and in timelessness, life is but a dream, imposed upon us by powers we do not know, for purposes we cannot grasp."
Maharaj's admonition to "be" and to know what one "is" - in the sense of timeless being - emerges from these dialogues and will touch the lives of many for a long time to come. The conversations recorded by Jean Dunn, an ardent follower of Maharaj, in Seeds of Consciousness and a companion volume, Prior to Consciousness, make an invaluable contribution to the body of his spiritual testament. These conversations continue to provide insights for modern man in his spiritual journeys, leading him out of suffering and sorrow.
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