I see, but I do not see – Nisargadatta Maharaj



All thoughts, all desires, holy or unholy, come from the self. They all depend upon  the desire to be happy and, therefore, are based on the sense 'I am'. Their quality will depend on one's psyche (Antahkarana) and on the degrees at which the three Gunas prevail. Tamas produces restraint and perversions; Rajas produces energy and passions; and Sattva produces harmony and the urge to make others happy.

When an object is seen as an object, there would have to be a subject other than the object. As the Jnani perceives, there is neither the subject that sees nor the object that is seen; only the 'seeing'. In other words, the Jnani's perception is prior to any interpretation by the sensory faculties. Even if the normal process of objectification has taken place, the Jnani, in his perspective, has taken note of this fact and seen the false as false. The Jnani in his undivided vision, has perceived that physically both the seer and the seen are objects, and that the functioning of consciousness itself merely produces effects in consciousness. Both the producing and the perceiving are done by consciousness, in consciousness. Try to understand this.

In short, the Jnani's seeing is the whole-seeing, or in-seeing, or intuitive seeing, seeing without any objective quality — and that is freedom from bondage. That is what I mean when I say: "I see, but I do not see."
– Nisargadatta Maharaj