I AM THAT

This famous line of Nisargdatta Maharaj has been quoted more often by spiritual masters and students than any other I know or  at least  so it seems in the circles I touch. And yet, this is the one that has given me a problem. I find that in a way this is the essence of nearly all teachings form Sufi to Buddhism; all referring to That Self which we are. My biggest problem has been trying to meditate on this.

 If I am That and lets not mince words, if I am God then why can I not vaporise you or the rock in front of me as I have seen it done in movies, mythologies and stories. The power and miracles of That God has been the key driver of most faiths and continues to be so today. Any time I have tired to converse with a good christian or a Hindu or a Buddhist on my spiritual views, we get hung up on the same item. Jesus is real and performs miracles for His children as we speak. If I Am That then I should also be able to do the same.

It recently occurred to me that the sentence "I AM THAT" is incomplete. It really means we are all That and that nobody is left behind. This is an all inclusive statement. When I go further into Nisargdatta Maharaj's teachings, I find that he says that even this is not true. In fact no one is That, no one is at all. This is just a pointer to get us home. Once you have comprehended this, there is no conflict for I am you and the rocks and the trees and That. How can I possibly do anything like a miracle to all of these, if there is no difference, there are no others? A miracle involves two parties but there is just One. I still can't answer to the miracles among my religious friends other than that all miracles are my doing, as I AM THAT too.

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