The “I am” and the Absolute are not two. In the Absolute the “I amness” comes and then the experience takes place. Whatever is happening, from the Absolute standpoint, without the knowledge “I am”, is very profound, unlimited, and expansive.
All is secondary to the tiny little thing which is the ‘I am’. Without the ‘I am’ there is nothing. All knowledge is about the ‘I am’. False ideas about this ‘I am’ lead to bondage, right knowledge leads to freedom and happiness. The ‘I am’ denotes the inner while ‘there is’ denotes the outer; both are based on the sense of being.
SOURCE: Quotes of Nisargadatta Mahara