We have three operational centres: Mind thinks, Heart feels, Body acts. We know this because they change. (We cannot see what does not change.) After waxing and waning, the centres shut down. This does not affect us.
“Only the necessary is good,” said the coal-eyed sage and seller of sundries. The mind salutes this statement with a split list of essentials and non-essentials. But that’s not what Nisargadatta was pointing to. His reference was to the necessity of a quiet mind.
One has what he wants. The other doesn’t want what he doesn’t have.
The man who condemns himself commits what Nisargadatta calls a grievous spiritual error.
Where were you before you woke up this morning. Of course, we know where your body was—that speck of a thing lying on a mattress. But where were you?