Thursday, April 29, 2010

perceive directly

M: Is not thinking itself a notion in the mind? Thought is absent in seeing things intuitively. When you think you understand, you don't. When you perceive directly, there is no thinking. You know that you are alive; you do not 'think' that you are alive.

V: Good heavens! This seems to be a new dimension that you are presenting.

M: Well, I don't know about a new dimension, but you have expressed it well. It could indeed be said to be a fresh direction of measurement — a new centre of vision — inasmuch as by avoiding thought and perceiving things directly, conceptualizing is avoided. In other words, in seeing with the whole mind, intuitively, the apparent seer disappears, and the seeing becomes the seen.

Ramesh Balsekar ('Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj')

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