The Futility of Pointers to Point to THAT WHICH IS NOT A "THAT"

All words are pointers. The only problem with words in pointing to your self is your self is actually not located any-where that can be pointed at because it is every-where. The problem with pointers is that all pointing is occurring within this. How will you point to it when you are it? If you point to your physical body, that is not it. Because the seeing of the physical body occurs. within it. If you point away from your body, that is not it either, because even that is seen! So there is no-where you can point to show it as an object, yet these words are called pointers and they point to no-thing because that which it is trying to point to is not a “that”. So please don't get stuck on words here. Get a sense of what is being pointed at. It is that felt-presence that can't leave you no matter what.   

Being Molested by a Ghost

For thoughts to arise, there must be space. The only reason we don't realize this space is because we are too focused on the thoughts to notice the space. It is just like a teacher drawing a circle on the blackboard and asking the students, “What do you see?” Most of the students will say “A circle.” What about the entire board? Don't stop there, what about the entire room? You see, there is so much in our field of vision that we take in, but we are not aware of it. We are simply focussing on the tiny bit of internal movement that revolves around the idea of us. That is all we are doing. We are not living life, we are not being lived by life either. We are being lived by thoughts. And the scary part of it is that these thoughts are not even ours. So if we continue to allow ourselves to be molested by these thoughts, then guess what, your whole life you are being molested by a ghost that doesn't exist! The name of this ghost is “me”.

Don't Postpone the Inevitable

It is clear that realization of self is not something to be gotten at towards the end of life. The self is something which is always with us and has never been away from us. Therefore, to keep it as something to seek and search towards is ridiculous.

Get realization over with!   By whatever means as quick as you can. Then live from that as that. 

Pointer: Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: Feel to the "I am"

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

All directions are within the mind.  I am not asking you to look in any particular direction.  Just look away from all that happens in your mind and bring it to the feeling "I am".

The "I am" is not a direction.  It is the negation of all directions.  Ultimately even the "I am" will have to go for you need not keep asserting what is obvious.  Bringing the mind to the feeling "I am" merely helps turning the mind away from everything else.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Dream Dialogue

Disciple:  Master, it is clear to me now.  I can see this world as a dream.

Master:  How is this world like a dream?

Disciple:  I can see that everything moves and occurs automatically and that there is no reality to anything that I see in the dream.

Master: That's good to see.  But that's not all of it.

Disciple: That's not all of it?  What else is there?

Master:  That's what I am asking you.

Disciple:  Well, I can see that there is no permanence to anything that I am seeing.  All the houses, the cars, the people, they are not there at all, but they just seem to be there.  What else am I missing?

Master:  What role do you play in the dream?

Disciple:  What do you mean?  I am myself in the dream.

Master:  That character in the dream that you call "yourself" is as unreal as all the other objects you were mentioning earlier.  If you see all as unreal, but still think that this one is real, you haven't reached the complete seeing yet.