Contrived: Ingeniously or artfully devised or planned.
Contrive: To devise, invent, design (a material structure, literary composition, institution, etc.).
The following is from the Oxford English Dictionary, showing examples of ill-contrived and well-contrived (bold highlight has been added):
1632 LITHGOW Trav. IV. (1682) 135 A loathsom contrived place. 1664 BUTLER Hud. II. III. 400 In Mansion prudently contriv’d. 1713 OCKLEY Acct. Barbary 2 The Houses are large, but very ill contriv’d. 1760-72 tr. Juan & Ulloa’s Voy. (ed. 3) II. VII. xii. 130 Most of the houses are of stone, well contrived.
My contention is that what is well contrived is known as authentic. The well contrived stone house noted in the quotation above might be known as an authentic creation and the architect as an authentic artist.
A statement by Nisargadatta is well contrived. It’s a house of stone. It’s perceived as authentic.
However, contrived is contrived. Why else would sages tell you to not waste your time reading, to not look for Truth in words? Books and strings of words are contrived.
No Sage or Master ever said Truth is found in art, in doing art, in reading a book, or in contriving anything. No Sage or Master ever said Truth was contained in their own teachings, words, or practices. Why? Because they are contrived. Beautifully contrived in some cases, but contrived.
No Sage or Master ever said to “be authentic,” or to “be your true self.” Why? Because there is no you.
So that’s why I say that even things perceived as authentic are nothing more than well contrived.