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. Nisargadatta Maharaj passed away in November 1981 at the age of 84. To be in his presence was to feel the vibrant Truth, impossible to describe. One could only gaze at him in total love and awe.
In a tribute to the first collection of Maharaj's talks, I Am That, a follower wrote, "this collection of recorded questions 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." Prior to Consciousness continues the most revealing and illuminating dialogues which began with I Am That.
"Remember only one thing: that is this 'I Amness' which has remained unchanged at all times, and which pervades the entire universe. It is the highest God as far as this manifestation is concerned."