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Nisargadatta Maharaj - The Philosophy

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The Philosophy

arranged under 100 concepts using his own words

This book is organized in 2 parts and arranged under 100 Advaitic concepts, using only Nisargadatta’s own words. This is a condensation of every significant idea spoken by Nisargadatta during talks given to his students in Bombay. The result is the most direct and powerful elucidation of the Advaita Vedanta Philosophy yet made known to mankind.

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1st Edition: 1999

2nd Edition: 2006

3rd Edition: 2015


This book is dedicated to Peter George Whale who first introduced myself to Nisargadatta, and without whom I would probably never have encountered this, the clearest and most direct elucidation of the principles of Advaita Vedanta, with its intimations of the transcendence that is Realization of the Self.

This collection of the teachings of Nisargadatta has been made purely for the purpose of greater understanding. The book is intended for study only. It is hoped this collection will help in the wider spread of Nisagadatta’s insights into the philosophy and method of Advaita Vedanta. It is freely and benevolently offered as a gift to all those who are irresistibly drawn towards questions concerning the meaning of life.


Compilation and editing by Yehan Romane




The Indian Jnani, Sri Nisargadatta, taught his audience mainly through the traditional inspirational method of question-and-answer. At the regular meetings, held in his home in Bombay, disciples, followers, and spiritual tourists would ask Nisargadatta variously deep, interesting, or trivial questions, and the teacher would give an astonishing profound reply. The replies were usually short, and often relative to the level, and individual problems, of the questioner. Sometimes the answers seemed quite to disregard the narrow objective of the questioner and instead gave insight into the nature of existence beyond the anticipation of any person present in the room. Rarely Nisargadatta discoursed on a subject for more than two or three sentences before passing on to some other related, or unrelated, subject. Perhaps there would be a return to the same subject some days, months or years later, when more would be revealed. Every time he spoke, Nisargadatta invariably said something new, so accumulatively adding to his unique exposition of the ancient Advaita Vedanta philosophy. Over the years the subject matter under discussion therefore gradually expanded towards wholeness. In the latter part of his life, many of Nisargadatta’s talks were recorded, edited transcriptions published, both in his native Marathi as well as translation into English and other languages. Such transcriptions are the basis of this collection-study.


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