Selected quotes on what we call as the person

For the last 3 weeks I have been on inner retreat and daily Satsangs with my Teacher. Today I choose to share quotes from Nisargadatta Maharaj on what we call as the person.

These are for deep contemplation, stillness within. Much love from my heart to Yours~ Swami Tavishiananda

“Awareness with an object we called witnessing. When there is also self-identification with the object, caused by desire or fear, such a state is called a person. In reality there is only one state; when distorted by self-identification it is called a person, when colored with the sense of being, it is the witness; when colorless and limitless, it is called the Supreme.”

“Exactly as a shadow appears when light is intercepted by the body, so does the person arise when pure self-awareness is obstructed by the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea. And as the shadow changes shape and position according to the lay of the land, so does the person appear to rejoice and suffer, rest and toil, find and lose according to the pattern of destiny. When the body is no more, the person disappears completely without return, only the witness remains and the Great Unknown. ”

“The person is of little use. It is deeply involved in its own affairs and is completely ignorant of its true being. Unless the witnessing consciousness begins to play on the person and it becomes the object of observation rather than the subject, realization is not feasible. It is the witness that makes realization desirable and attainable.”

“Try to be, only to be. The all-important word is ‘try’. Allot enough time daily for sitting quietly and trying, just trying, to go beyond the personality, with its addictions and obsessions. Don’t ask how, it cannot be explained. You just keep on trying until you succeed. If you persevere, there can be no failure. What matters supremely is sincerity, earnestness; you must really have had surfeit of being the person you are, now see the urgent need of being free of this unnecessary self-identification with a bundle of memories and habits. This steady resistance against the unnecessary is the secret of success.”

“Words do not convey facts, they signal them. Once you are beyond the person, you need no words.”

“But if you stay with the idea that you are not the body nor the mind, not even their witness, but altogether beyond, your mind will grow in clarity, your desires—in purity, your actions—in charity and that inner distillation will take you to another world, a world of truth and fearless love.”

“Realization is of the fact that you are not a person. Therefore, it cannot be the duty of the person whose destiny is to disappear. Its destiny is the duty of him who imagines himself to be the person. Find out who he is and the imagined person will dissolve.”

“Give up the idea of being a person, that is all. You need not become what you are anyhow. There is the identity of what you are and there is the person superimposed on it. All you know is the person, the identity—which is not a person—you do not know, for you never doubted, never asked yourself the crucial question—‘Who am I’.”

“Take the case of a young child. The sense of ‘I-am’ is not yet formed, the personality is rudimentary. The obstacles to self knowledge are few, but the power and the clarity of awareness, its width and depth are lacking. In the course of years awareness will grow stronger, but also the latent personality will emerge and obscure and complicate. Just as the harder the wood, the hotter the flame, so the stronger the personality, brighter the light generated from its destruction.”

“You must begin by being the dispassionate observer. Then only will you realize your full being as the universal lover and actor. As long as you are enmeshed in the tribulations of a particular personality, you can see nothing beyond it. But ultimately you will come to see that you are neither the particular nor the universal, you are beyond both. As the tiny point of a pencil can draw innumerable pictures, so does the dimensionless point of awareness draw the contents of the vast universe. Find that point and be free.”

“There is no such thing as a person. There are only restrictions and limitations. The sum total of these defines the person. You think you know yourself when you know what you are. But you never know who you are. The person merely appears to be, like the space within the pot appears to have the shape and volume and smell of the pot. See that you are not what you believe yourself to be. ”

“In other words, the difference between the person and the witness is as between not knowing and knowing oneself. ”

From the words of Nisargadatta Maharaj


Swami Tavishiananda

Gratitude in life now re-minder for Thursday

How important it is to maintain an “attitude of gratitude”, to practice of Being grateful of all the blessings and see and feel them in our lives!

How beautiful to be part of the great One in here and now! Allowing to see in our awareness the goodness, beauty, kindness and abundance on the Mother Earth, nature, people and the beauty all around us.

When starting to be grateful for all that is good in our life, more will be coming…

And when choosing to be grateful not just for all the wonderful things in life, but for EVERY thing in our life, that what is, and while observing this we can see that everything can serve to widen our awareness… into more peace, love and presence!~


Swamini Tavishiananda

I don’t know but the knowing is

Who AM I?

Who observes the awareness?

Where is the Source of Life,


peace and


I don’t know but the knowing is.

Awareness in awareness

Being in beingness,

Love in the action

in awareness of nothingness.

Where is this resting?

Who is the Aware One?

in the emptiness and wideness

where no universes,

no words,

nor anything has find description?

I don’t know but the knowing is.

Who is breathing?

who the breather of Life?

In the lungs that are no more seen

neither perceived?

And who is the eternal Nurturer

in the limitless Heart

that flames in the light of love

in the embrace of emptiness itself?

I don’t know but the knowing is.

(c) Ella Rönkkönen / Swami Tavishiananda

Free from The Obsessive Projectionist persona

“Mind is consciousness, which has limitations. We are originally unlimited and perfect. Later on we take on limitations and become the mind.” -Ramana Maharshi

The most common ego identifications may be connected with possessions, work, social status and need for recognition, the acquired knowledge and education or physical appearance, the various belief systems we have been taught and agreed on, or political, nationalistic, religious etc. collective identifications. None of these is who we are.

There are more than 12 personas of the shadow self that we show light on in the karmic clearing sessions and especially in the Master your Personality program. One of the common persona, that I observe collectively these days everywhere is the so called Obsessive Projectionist persona.

Here the Shadow works the Persona in a way where life is perceived as meaningless or empty unless there is a project, challenge or new thing to do. Low boredom thresholds and a lack of awareness of the inner worlds characterize such tendencies. The archetype tends to express this deep, inner emptiness, through obsessive projection, creation of so many possibilities, that none can be acted upon fully. There is a close similarity to the woman who got pregnant every time she felt life to be meaningless (“The Pumpkin Eater” movie). The addictions of this shadow aspect are work, “creativity” or to pass the time. The goal of this persona is to find self Identity (that is of course not real at all). This persona fears to have lack of authenticity and may show shadow virtues of being very unique individual.

The way you can find out how much of this persona you have in your life is to ask yourself:

-Do you have many unfinished projects going on in your life?
-Are you easily bored if you do not have a new project or thing to do? How do you think, feel and behave in the situations?
-Are you constantly looking something to “do” even you would have time to relax (e.g. iphone, emails, social media etc.)?
-Do you create your value or identity to yourself through your work, hobbies or projects?

The way to heal this is to clear the identifications from all the energetic levels which is in fast way done in a karmic session and
then welcome the True Self acceptance into our lives.

Accept yourself as you are, welcome the healing self love in your awareness. Just be and sit in stillness…

And if you practice this you may observe that it feels difficult at first, because it goes against all our training, education, and cultural belief systems. As we have been so heavily programmed how we should be. And have anyone ever told you that you are good as you are?

The most wonderful day in self acceptance and peace!

Om Shanti,

Swami Tavishiananda

Conversations with Master…

“Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers everyday without forcing their buds.” ~ Osho

One of my Teacher’s asked me at Satsang:

– So how do you know when your mind is activated?

– When there is some kind of pain in my experience? I said


– Yes, you recognize you are in the mind when stress, worry, anxiety etc. is your experience, He said.

-So how do you come back into awareness, he asked?

…silence…, stillness…

-In the moment, I said.

-You can come into awareness by seeing what is real now, he said, what can you know is real?

-Only this what is here and now, I said.

-Yes. So you can come into awareness when your mind is activated by looking around you what is real: blue curtains, a red door there, white floor, pink flower… This brings you back into presence instead of believing the thoughts and stories of the mind. Back to awareness of the thoughts, from which can come awareness of the awareness, he said.

…silence…, stillness… bliss… peace….

Om Shanti,

Swami Tavishiananda @ Satsang with Noel