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Prior To Consciousness

Jean Dunn (Author)
Synopsis Prior to Consciousness Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Edited by jean dunn Nisargadatta Maharaj was one of the great sages of modern India. The talks in this collection are transcribed from tape recordings made during question and answer periods between 1980 and 1981. Maharaj passed away in November of 1981 at the age of eighty-four. The central core of Maharaj’s teaching is: Until man can free himself from false identifications, from pretensions and delusions of various kinds, he cannot come face to face with the eternal verity that is latent within his own self. "What the mind invents, the mind destroys. But the real is not invented and cannot be destroyed..." Jean Dunn, a close follower of Maharaj, edited this and two other volumes that make up a trilogy of Maharaj's talks: Seeds of Consciousness and Consciousness and the Absolute: The Final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Jean, who was with Maharaj during his last years, observes that during this time Maharaj did not entertain any questions pertaining to worldly life and its improvement, and exclusively taught the highest truth. "Even one sentence of his was like an Upanishad." He was very blunt and sharp in his answers and did not cater to anyone’s ego – in fact, his stated purpose was to destroy this "Pseudo-entity." To be in his presence was to feel the vibrant truth, impossible to describe. "He is amazing to watch . . . One could only gaze at him in total love and awe." Jean Dunn died in March 1996; she made an invaluable contribution in compiling the teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj for posterity. In a tribute to the first collection of Maharaj's talks, I Am That, a follower wrote, "this collection of recorded question and answers is to the inner ear . . . a love-song out of the beyond, chanting the highest wisdom in the simplest down to earth language, a call divine for the yearning human child lost in the wilderness of ignorance. To those who know how to listen, I Am That proves itself a modern spiritual classic of the highest rank," (Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Presentation Volume:1980). Prior to Consciousness continues the most revealing and illuminating dialogues which began with I Am That.
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About the author

Jean Dunn

Jean Dunn from California was one of Nisargadatta Maharaj's notable Western devotee's was a California woman named Jean Dunn. In 1963 Dunn edited and printed 100 copies of a booklet by Maharaj called Self Knowledge and Self Realization. It's an early work, very different from I AM THAT and the later books. Like Frydman, Dunn had spent time with Ramana Maharshi before his death in 1950, and that association led her in 1978 to write an article about Maharaj's teaching for The Mountain Path, the journal of Sri Ramanasramam. It was an article that attracted the attention of the then recently retired Ramesh Balsekar, who subsequently read I AM THAT and sought out Maharaj's talks. Books from this author - Consciousness & The Absolute, Prior To Consciousness, Seeds Of Consciousness

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Bibliographic information

Title Prior To Consciousness
Author Jean Dunn
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Zen Publications
Language: English
isbn 8185300356
length 172p.