“Either you remain forever hungry and thirsty, longing, searching, grabbing, holding, ever losing and sorrowing, or go out wholeheartedly in search of the state of timeless perfection to which nothing can be added... In it all desires and fears are absent, not because they were given given up, but because they have lost their meaning.”
An unusual sage
Nisargadatta Maharaj never did fit the mold of an Indian saint. He ran a couple of tobacco stores, ate meat, and lived in a four-story walk-up in the red-light district of Mumbai.
On occasion he was also known to get cranky with seekers who visited him from all over the world.
Though he was an unconventional figure, his utterances were wisdom itself; his impact on seekers, profound.
In these words from his book, I Am That, Nisargadatta gets at the core of the nature of suffering: