Nisargadatta Maharaj on Ideas

As long as you pay attention to ideas, your own or of others, you will be in trouble. But if you disregard all teachings, all books, anything put into words and dive deeply within yourself and find yourself, this alone will solve all your problems and leave you in full mastery of every situation, because you will not be dominated by your ideas about the situation.

Take an example. You are in the company of an attractive woman. You get ideas about her and this creates a sexual situation. A problem is created and you start looking for books on continence, or enjoyment. Were you a baby, both of you could be naked and together without any problem arising. Just stop thinking you are bodies and the problems of love and sex will lose their meaning.

With all sense of limitation gone, fear, pain and the search for pleasure — all cease. Only awareness remains.

(Source:  I AM THAT: Dialogues of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, 50. Self-awareness is the Witness)

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