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Self Enquiry - The Grossly Misunderstood Term

I am always surprised by people's way of understanding the term 'Self Enquiry.' When Ramana asked people to perform 'SELF ENQUIRY' many people took it LITERALLY and started asking 'Who am I?','Who am I?', 'Who am I?' for ever and never focusing on THE INNER SELF. I think people have grossly misunderstood what exactly 'Self Enquiry' is. The moment we start beginning to perform 'Self Enquiry', the Self immediately eludes. As long as we keep enquiring, the SELF always evades us. SELF ENQUIRY is a PARADOXICAL term. The SELF will always elude as long as some Enquiry is there. But, how do we find the SELF without ENQUIRY? Naturally, everyone will ask, how 'NOT to ENQUIRE' and 'FIND out the SELF.' Here is the CATCH:

All you have to do is to STOP all your QUERIES and find out RUTHLESSLY what this SELF exactly is. Suddenly, we realize that this SELF is always there, like the CINEMA SCREEN, behind the MOVIES RUNNING. We suddenly come to realize that all these days we have simply taken the MOVIES to be the REALITY, whereas the SCREEN alone is really real, unchanging and ever present. Likewise, when all my THOUGHTS cease and I am STILL, I realize my SELF as a MONUMENTAL CINEMA SCREEN, in which my MIND simply runs like the EVER CHANGING SCENES. Oh! God, I just can't contain my Laugh as I now realize the Ignorance that I have been grooming all these years without ever, ever realizing this 'BEAUTIFUL SELF' that's SITTING SILENTLY in a NON JUDGMENTAL way. The one line solution to SELF REALIZATION is 'BE STILL and FIND OUT WHO AM I?' Got it?

SELF REALIZATION IS A MILLISECOND WORKOUT

This SELF is not something to ENQUIRE and find out, but only to CEASE all ENQUIRIES and be STILL and find out the 'I am THAT I AM behind all BODIES and MINDS.' This is all SELF REALIZATION is about. JUST, A MILLISECOND WORKOUT TO REALIZE THE SELF.This SELF REALIZATION brings in EVER LASTING MODIFICATIONS to your MIND, that from now on, your MIND will STOP believing in it's own self. This state brings in tremendous changes in your approach to your life called ENLIGHTENMENT. Others may not notice any perceptible changes in you, but you know for sure that you are a FULLY TRANSFORMED BEING, an ENLIGHTENED PERSON, as you begin to WITNESS everything in life, including YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, EMOTIONS, ACTIONS, SHOCKS etc. This so called ENLIGHTENMENT is an IRREVERSIBLE PROCESS and YOU CAN BE SURE, YOU HAVE SEEN THE REAL LIGHT.

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Another Story of Self-Inquiry . . .

Hey Gachchy,

I find there are many ways of looking at self-inquiry, many ways of seeing and understanding what is seen.

For some, like myself, self-inquiry was an invitation to go looking for "who am I?", "what am I?".

I don't know that "I" (Tony action-figure) looked forever and ever, though it felt that way at times because admittedly Tony can act hardheaded and stubborn (ignorant).

For Tony, self-inquiry provided a means, though clumsy and arduous, of looking inward and turning over as many rocks (conditioned beliefs and assumptions) in his head as he could until finally exhausting inexhaustible mind into an apparent moment of stillness . . . and discovering there's no self (Tony) to be found underneath all those rocks, only spacious awareness. What is looking, is what is being looked for! (What a giggle!)

"As long as we keep enquiring, the SELF always evades us." Exactly!

Now, there are Some who may intuitively stop mind's enquiring and spontaneously self-realize. And to them I tip my hat, while accepting the fact their realization isn't my realization, their understanding not my understanding and doesn't lead to "awareness awakening to itself", but to Mind further entertaining another mental cul-de-sac in its determination to knowingly experience consciousness.

In this vein, a deliciously perplexing conundrum for Tony action-figure is grasping that Self realizing it is the Screen is totally Impersonal (ever silent and still) and totally unconcerned with anything labeled Enlightenment/Liberation, it's only Personal Tony action-figure that ever tries to validate it, looking into the mirror of self-inquiry hoping to see something other than appearance! Hahahahahaha!

Namaste

Tony

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Hi Tony,  
  
  
It's not Neo-Advaita or Traditional Vedanta that matters, but SELF REALIZATION matters the MOST. The rest will follow naturally.

  
I agree with all your view points.

Having read hundreds of your posts for several years, I can confidently vouch for the VERACITY of TRUTH in your write-ups about the ULTIMATE REALITY and your REALIZATION OF AWARENESS, the INEFFABLE SELF behind the whole existence. It's not Neo-Advaita or Traditional Vedanta that matters, but SELF REALIZATION matters the MOST, as it is all about unraveling the True Nature of the Self and finding what constitutes the Universal Truth. Such Self Realized persons becomes extraordinarily matured persons to handle any issue as the entire universe is at their disposal. I am more than convinced that you are a SELF REALIZED PERSON and YOU HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT. THIS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH. There is no need to dig out more and more except for delightful purposes.

I understand that the waggery of the mind always continue to exist in me even though Self Realization has already happened in me (I hope I am Self Realized .....!!!!! It is always advised that Self Realization should be verified with a Master for all good reasons.) Hence, the Mind's ploys are taken in the lighter sense by me. I do get Emotions, Anger, Frustration, Fear etc. But, still something in me summarily dismisses my mind and all its tricks. It is very well understood that my mind itself has become an AUDITOR for its own actions and started self regulating itself. The Higher Self (Egoless Mind) disallows the Lower Self (Ego Mind) from taking full charge of MY SELF.

Sometimes, when the Lower Self (Ego Mind), supersedes the Higher Self (Egoless Mind), it's clearly visible to me that VASANAS and SAMSKARAS are at play and can't be so easily annulled. This proves that KARMA prevails even for the SElF REALIZED persons. I have started WITNESSING my own INABILITIES, INSUFFICIENCIES and KARMIC SEEDS sprouting in me very often. Now, I have clearly understood that VASANAS and SAMSKARAS can't be dissolved simply by means of SELF REALIZATION. I understand that Karma is there to stay here even for the SELF REALIZED people. They just don't care about their karma. Self Realized people just WITNESSES their KARMA UNFOLDING even before their own eyes and they don't attach importance it.

Keep posting more (Simply for all delightful purposes) and be happy that you have ascended the Ladder of Evolution and achieved a Great Height which is not ordinary.

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Bravo . . .

Hey Gachchy,

"It's not Neo-Advaita or Traditional Vedanta that matters, but SELF REALIZATION matters the MOST. The rest will follow naturally."

Bravo. The rest follows naturally as it always does.

"I have started WITNESSING my own INABILITIES, INSUFFICIENCIES and KARMIC SEEDS sprouting in me very often. Now, I have clearly understood that VASANAS and SAMSKARAS can't be dissolved simply by means of SELF REALIZATION."

Wonderful. Self-realization, or whatever label is used, is not a result or end-point. More like continual new beginnings. Be that as it may, maturing and deepening is happening Gachchy. Bravo. And when it doesn't seem to be happening . . . it is. Bravo. After all, the indiscriminate sun of awareness shines on Gachchy (Tony) and Gachchy (Tony) ripens at the pace of the sun, not at the pace of Gachchy (Tony).

Another example of self talking to self . . . while Self listens. Haha!

Namaste

Tony

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