When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom.
When I see I am everything, that is love.
Between these two my life moves.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981)
‘You are not your body, but you are the consciousness in the body, because of which you have the awareness of ‘I am’. It is without words, just pure beingness. It has become soul of the world. In the absence of your consciousness, the world will not be experienced. Hence, you are the consciousness… remember what you have heard… meditate on it. Meditation means you have to hold consciousness by itself. The consciousness should give attention to itself. This consciousness is Ishwara. As there is no God other than this consciousness, worship it.’ ‘The knowledge “I am” is God. It is Ishwara, as well as maya. Maya is God’s power. All the names of God are of this consciousness only in different forms. Remember the fact “I am not the body” and get firmly established. That is the sign of a true seeker.’
(Gaitonde, Mohan (2017). Self – Love: The Original Dream (Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s Direct Pointers to Reality). Mumbai: Zen Publications