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Who is I?

Hari OM

Monday is AUM-day; in search of meditation.

Last the question was 'why meditate?'. Having pointed out that first one must determine why at all one is bothering to sit in one position and attempt to clear the mind, it was finally noted that there is a final purpose, a'goal' if you will. That is to meet up with The Self, the core beingness which pervades all creation.  The question now arises, 'who seeks Self-realisation?'

We all refer to ourselves, in daily transaction, as "I".  We are so "I"dentified as individuals! When asked to talk about ourselves, we inevitably take up self description with 'I am male/female, I am daughter/son, I am father/mother, I am sister/brother, I am the doer of this or that, I am happy/sad, I am a seeker… "I" am spiritual… "I" am a lover of God…'  Additionally we speak in terms of ownership; 'this is MY home, MY family, My friend, My job, MY strength/weakness, MY feelings/thoughts, MY karma/luck, MY path…'

Now think on the following;
What (or who) is this "I"??? Who is it that makes claims upon things, people, situations? Anyone who stops to think for even the slightest moment, with a truly observational mindset, will start to ask this question. Often it is asked, albeit still within the ego framework and the search begins only from the psychological level with a view to rearranging relationships and situations.  This is fine. It is a starting point. For one who has taken up meditation, however, this sheds a new light…

The nature of deception
How is this "I" related to these things, people, situations? Are the actually definitions of "me"? Meditation provides the room to stand back and gain a properly observational perspective on life. We can truly begin, for ourselves, to sort out the valuable from the 'tat' and let drop away all the nonsense which can overload us.

Given that these things, people, situations are separate from the "I" who is noting them, what exactly are they and what is their place in the world? Having worked into a space of the true observer, we can now turn again to investigating the investigator! Further, we can properly begin to assess the nature of the world around us.

What is the stuff, the substance, which makes up these objects of the world? Bear in mind, that in Vedanta, the term 'objects' relates also to people and events as well as to thoughts and much more subtle things. In meditation, once a truly objective stance has been found, we can delve into the teachings on the make-up of the world, pondering the premise, testing the theory and discovering for ourselves the proof of those teachings.

Now, from whence came all this? Having dealt with the gross, and the more subtle, the meditator raises the stakes and begins to ponder the source, the cause of all these effects.

Again it is asked, with fresh and informed perspective, 'who am"I" really?' We can thrash about in the daily life asking this question, but with no real intent and perhaps expecting some outside phenomenon to provide the answer.  In meditation, we have the potential to discover the answer for ourselves. By working through the logical process given briefly here, it is possible to ask the question without expectation, in a place of clarity and purity and with a reasonable expectation that, finally, the answer will come.

Who, then, seeks Self-realisation? The one who is not at all happy with glib responses and put downs and side-tracks and diversions and who, finally, is tuning into h(OM)e. For such as these, the path of the Rsis (the ancient Himalayan sages) is provided in the form of Vedanta. Advaita Vedanta, as perfected and presented by Sri Adi Shankara and all who can prove parampara (teaching lineage) to that saint. These are the very stuff of the philosophy and it benefits from multiple centuries of experimentation and proving.  Does it mean that if there is no urge, currently, to follow such a path that meditation is useless?

Absolutely not!!! True meditation, practiced well, will reveal Truth to all practitioners, regardless of their doctrine or philosophy. It is its very nature. Therefore, if you have any of these questions do not hesitate.


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