Jean Dunn. – Jean Dunn lived in India a number of years before she met Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. During those years she lived at Tiruvannamalai. By Jean Dunn. The teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj have been published in several books using the original question-and-answer format in. Nisargadatta was on my list for an Interview here in Bombay, but everyone has Upstairs there is the same small gathering, but now Jean Dunn is present.
Jean Dunn had the rare opportunity of being close to the contemporary sage, Nisargadatta Maharaj. With unquestioning faith, she wholeheartedly absorbed the teachings and presence of Maharaj, opening herself up like a reed to the flow of consciousness that Nisargadatta Maharaj was and is.
This is an interview between Jean Dunn and The Inner Directions Journalfollowed by a few selections from the personal diary she kept from Was your introduction to spiritual life through Ramana Maharshi or were there other influences before Ramana?
Jean Dunn Journals: Being With Nisargadatta Maharaj
I was interested nisargsdatta Joel Goldsmith. All my life, it seems I have been searching for something. We all are searching but usually in the wrong places; it does lead us on. I was told that he was preparing to visit India when he died. When did you first hear about Nisargadatta Maharaj? About one year before I first saw him. I felt there was no need to see anyone else since nksargadatta Maharshi was my teacher.
I put off the trip twice. The third time friends came and asked me to go, I agreed. So I did, and that was it. After seeing Maharaj did you return to Ramanasramam? Yes, I continued to stay at the Ashram. When Maharaj got very sick, during the last couple of years of his nisargaddatta, I moved to Bombay. Did he have a special routine? Early in the morning, about 6: I would arrive before it started and help clean up the room from the day before. After arati I went out for coffee and returned jeab help Maharaj hang the garlands and put kumkum vermilion on the pictures of different saints hanging in the room.
There was a meditation for an hour, then bhajans devotional singing. When the visitors left, we usually went out for tea or buttermilk. Maharaj would usually buy something for his granddaughter; he was crazy about her. When Maharaj rested in the niszrgadatta, I would often go and just sit with him. Following the evening session there were bhajans, then Maharaj read from various Hindu scriptures, explaining the meaning in Marathi, the local language.
Was there a particular reading that Maharaj liked best? Not that I know of, though I never asked. Maharaj did not use traditional Vedantic terminology to describe the approach to Truth and the removal of ignorance. Would you say that was one of the unique aspects of jeean teachings?
Teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj : Jean Dunn says ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
To me it was. He was so natural, and yet you knew that he knew he was not that body. He let that body do whatever it was doing, whatever its nature was. Did Maharaj provide any type of initiation to those who accepted him as a teacher? He gave me a mantra.
Did Maharaj recognize a formal Guru-disciple relationship?
Did he ever admit to that? Did he ever talk about that? Maharaj left everything after his Guru died; he was going to the Himalayas and decided to stay there until he got Realization. Along the way he was walking barefoot in an area where there were no houses to be seen. As soon as he felt hungry, he noticed smoke coming from a house on his left, so he approached it to ask the residents for food. The residents fed him and he drank water from their well. When he went back to the road and turned to look behind, from where he had just come, there was no house there at all.
Later, in the Himalayas he met a fellow disciple who persuaded him that it was more fruitful spiritually, to go back into the world.
So he did and he returned to Bombay. At the time Maharaj returned to Bombay, was that what we would call a period of sadhana or spiritual nisargadatts He only had one business left out of eight, so he took care of that business while all of his spare time was spent upstairs in meditation.
It took him three years, after his teacher died, to realize his true nature. Is there anything Maharaj specifically said or did that helped to transform your own life spiritually? It was simply what he was. I probably needed all the teachings; just being in his presence was the key. He said you must do your homework. What do you think he meant by homework? I think he meant one jwan have been on a spiritual path and have studied the various teachings.
Were there any other restrictions such as diet, etc.? No, Maharaj was not a vegetarian. What about traditional practices? No, though he did them at one time when he was young.
The only thing he continued to carry iean, in a traditional sense, were bhajans. Most people want something to make their life better: This has nothing to do with the world.
That love is your own Self. Do you find that this understanding may be missing on the part of the reader? Yes, particularly in European or Western countries.
Until you meet your Guru or become one with the Guru within, the understanding is mostly intellectual. Maharaj said that this generation is ready for this teaching. There was a time when devotion to a God was prevalent; now people want Truth and the search is with the intellect. Could you expand on this further?
This love combines with knowledge, and you yourself are that knowledge. What is the I Am he refers to? That I Amness is the same as Consciousness, that which nosargadatta you know you exist. Did Maharaj encourage you to record his conversations, or did he have any kean participation in their subsequent publication?
I had been home to visit my family, and when I came back, there was no recording taking place. The talks were so deep that Suresh Mehta and I got a tape recorder and asked Vanaja, who attended daily, to record the talks for us. When she sent me the completed tapes, I just started transcribing them.
It was continuing without anyone mentioning it until Maharaj discovered what I was doing. He then gave me his blessings, and it just developed into the books. He stressed meditation and being your true Self.
There is no need for effort, only understanding. What effort can give you that which you already are? Simply nisarvadatta that which you have been identifying with, with detachment, make no judgments; do not try to change anything.
What is this thing which you have identified with? You will find that it is just like a robot or computer, which has been programmed by others. A child lives in pure Consciousness at a very young age. The mother tells it: Others, such as teachers, friends, etc. November 18, Maharaj: Complete what you start to the best of your ability.
Do not talk about the experiences you have with the blooming of the Consciousness; keep it to yourself. Stabilize in the Consciousness. Self must be determined to do this. You must make a decision. Is there anything which can be considered sacred?
That which does not get polluted with the experiences of the objective world is sacred. A person who is already dead is not worried about anything. All my actions are not through my body and mind but always Universal Consciousness, appearing to work through this body.
It is action in the now. Where does Consciousness come from? It never comes and goes; it only appears to have come.
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