Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“The Source nor the Universe have come to tell you that they have created you. The mind, obsessed by the idea of causality, invents creation and then wonders, “Who is the creator?” The mind itself is the Creator. Even this is not true, for the created and its creator are one.

The mind and the world are not separate. Understand that what you think to be the world is your own mind. All space and time are in the mind. There is only imagination. It has absorbed you so much that you just cannot grasp how far from reality you have wandered.

No doubt imagination is vastly creative. Universe upon universe are built on it. Yet they are all in space and time, past and future that do not exist. It is you who are in movement and not time. Stop moving and time will cease. Past and future will merge in the eternal now.

If you seek reality you must set yourself free of all backgrounds, of all cultures, of all patterns of thinking and feeling.  Even the idea of being man or woman, or even human should be discarded.  The ocean of life contains all, not only humans.  So, first of all abandon all self-identification, stop thinking of yourself as such-and-such or so-and-so, this or that.  Abandon all self-concern, worry not about your welfare, material or spiritual, abandon every desire, gross or subtle, stop thinking of achievement of any kind.

You are complete here and now, you need absolutely nothing.”

— Nisargadatta Maharaj —



Self Inquiry 2022

January 3, 2022

Hello Satang Friends, and Happy New Year 2022!

I’ve missed seeing you the last two years for our monthly gatherings 🙂 I hope you are well.

I need your feedback about our monthly gatherings so we may plan for 2022.   Below is what feels right and what I am offering.  If others of our group wish to host, please let it be known!

I feel we will be safe to resume our Saturday meetings again for fully vaccinated and boosted folks inside the Education Center at the Botanic Garden, and not inside my home.

  • We will gather monthly from 2pm to 3pm on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Education Center – the big white two-story house at the Juniper Level Botanic Gardens.
  • We can space the chairs at least six feet apart and open the doors and windows.
  • Masks inside the Education Center will be required, even for fully vaxxed folks, until the Omicron variant has dampened.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and boosted you will NOT be unable to attend our inside gatherings – so bring your vaccine record.  I am happy to join with you on Zoom if you are not vaccinated.

I am happy to Zoom with anyone wanting to practice self-inquiry individually.  Send me an email at or text me at 919-274-1013.

Happy 2022!


Image: Carlos Gotay

Optional reading:

Perfect Brilliant Stillness – David Carse
Headless Way – Douglas Harding
I Am That – Nisargardatta Maharaj

Please send us a note by email if you are joining us for the first time.


Dream of Opposites

Image – Anita Avent

Our human brains are amazing in the ability to name, claim, and label appearances and to compare one appearance to another.  We are convinced we are separate beings in a tangible world of eight billion other separate beings.

In Truth, absolute Truth, not relative truth, there is only edgeless, empty, awareness appearing as this and that.

This realization, this awakening, shocks the human perception and brain and plunges the long-held belief of being and existing as a separate human down the drain.

It appears we live in a world of others, of objects, of time and space.  When humans awaken to what simply is — there is a deeper seeing….that the many are only an appearance of the One, the undivided, edgeless, seamless unicity that appears to unfold as the ten thousand things.





Update on Saturday Satangs

All Saturday Satsangs are cancelled for 2021.  We will update this site in January about our gatherings for 2022.  

Our self-inquiry gatherings are for ardent seekers of Truth.  We discuss and explore the nature of what is self-evident, here, now.  We expose and grok the illusory nature and appearance of the personal self and rest in the spaciousness of aware presence, just this, here, now.

Many of us are searching for relief from the weight of incessant thoughts in our heads. We want inner peace and calm and have forgotten the simple wonder and aliveness we felt as children before we were taught to name, label, and claim what we perceive through our senses.

We are so convinced that accumulating knowledge is beneficial. It is this knowledge that is the hindrance to seeing what is self-evident. There is nothing to be gained by investigating non-duality nor is there any gain from practicing self-inquiry.  What is is all there is and isn’t. Self-inquiry will collide with and demolish the world you were taught and programmed to believe to be real and lasting.

Optional reading:

Perfect Brilliant Stillness – David Carse
Headless Way – Douglas Harding
I Am That – Nisargardatta Maharaj

Please send us a note by email if you are joining us for the first time.


Eternity – Joseph Campbell

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

“Eternity isn’t some later time.  Eternity isn’t a long time.

Eternity has nothing to do with time.

Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out.

This is it.  And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere.

And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.

 Joseph Campbell


According to Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, time is just another dimension in space, traversable in either direction, and our human perception of moments passing steadily and sequentially is all in our heads.

I agree — time is a belief, a mental construction.  Widely believed, yes.  True, no.

There is only now, now, now and all else is a mental story about what has happened, what is happening or appearing, and what will happen.  Time is a mental construction that perpetuates the belief of being a separate and personal self.



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