To all deep-thinking minds, the enquiry about the “I” (The Higher Self) and its nature has an irresistible fascination. Self-enquiry is the one, infallible means, the only direct one, to realize the unconditioned, absolute Being that you really are. Inquiring into the nature of one’s self that is in bondage and realizing one’s true nature is release. If the ego is, everything else also is. If the ego is not, nothing else is. Indeed, the ego is all. Therefore the enquiry as to what this ego is is the only way of giving up everything.
Self-Enquiry – What is its goal?
The aim is to reach the root of the “I”-sense i.e,The Absolute Being.
To attain … natural happiness one must know oneself. For that
Self-Enquiry – “Who am I?”
There can be satisfaction only when you reach the source; otherwise, there will be restlessness. On diving deep upon the quest
“Who am I and from whence?” thoughts disappear and
consciousness of Self … flashes forth
as the “I-I” within the cavity
of every seeker’s Heart. And this is Heaven,
This is that Stillness, the abode of Bliss.
That State is agreeable to all wherein, having given up the objective outlook, one knows one’s Self and loses all notions either of unity or duality, of oneself and the ego. The duality of subject and object and trinity of seer, sight, and seen can exist only if supported by the One. If one turns inward in search of that One Reality they fall away. Those who see this are those who see Wisdom. They are never in doubt.
When the world which is what-is-seen has been removed, there will be the realization of the Self which is the seer.
When one persistently inquires into the nature of the mind, the mind will end leaving the Self (as the residue). What is referred to as the Self is the Atman.
Self-Enquiry – The nature of the ego-self
Ego is non-existent, otherwise, you would be two instead of one – you the ego and you the Self. You are a single, indivisible whole. The ego or separate soul is a concept. God, the world, the mind, desires, action, sorrow and all other things are all concepts. The ego and the mind are the same. The ego is the root-thought from which all other thoughts arise.
Self-Enquiry- This Practice is enough…
The enquiry “Who am I?” is the principal means to the removal of all misery and the attainment of the supreme bliss. … Never forgetting one’s plenary Self-experience is yoga (mind-control), jnana (knowledge) and all other austerities. This method which easily destroys egoity deserves to be called meditation (dhyana), concentration (yoga), and knowledge (jnana).
Self-Enquiry – How does it work?
Enquiry begins when you cling to your Self and are already off the mental movement, the thought-waves. Thoughts alone constitute the mind, and for all thoughts, the base or source is the “I” thought. “I” is the mind. If we go inward questing for the source of the “I,” the “I” topples down. This is the self-enquiry.
Self-Enquiry – “I am the body” is the primary delusion
The concept “I-am-the-body” is the primal ignorance. It is known as the firm knot of the heart. It gives rise to the concepts of existence and non-existence. If there is no trace of it at all everything will be found to be the Reality of the Supreme Absolute Being. The body-consciousness is the wrong “I.”(Self) Give up this body-consciousness. It is done by seeking the source “I.” … Find out who this “I” is. Seeking its source it will vanish. The body does not say “I am.” It is you who says, “I am the body.” Find out who this “I” is. Seeking its source, it will vanish. This body is insentient. The Self is pure awareness. The connection between the two is deduced through the intellect. When the effulgent light of awareness shines in the center of your being alone, nothing else shines except the Self.
Self-Enquiry – Watch and witness
Whatever thoughts arise as obstacles to one’s Practice (spiritual discipline), the mind should not be allowed to go in their direction, but should be made to rest in one’s self which is the Atman; one should remain as witness to whatever happens, adopting the attitude “Let whatever strange things happen, happen; let us see!” This should be one’s practice. In other words, one should not identify oneself with appearances; one should never relinquish one’s self. This is the proper means for destruction of the mind which is of the nature of seeing the body as self, and which is the cause of all the aforesaid obstacles.
Self-Enquiry – Turn the mind inward
The mind should not be allowed to wander towards worldly objects and what concerns other people. However bad other people may be, one should bear no hatred for them. Both desire and hatred should be eschewed. All that one gives to others one gives to one’s self. If this truth is understood who will not give to others? When one’s self arises, all arises; when one’s self becomes quiescent, all becomes quiescent. To the extent we behave with humility, to that extent, there will result well. If the mind is rendered quiescent, one may live anywhere.
“The quest has, to begin with the mind turned inward to oppose the rushing thoughts and to understand the location of the “I.” When the mind eventually sinks in the Heart, undisturbed bliss is overwhelmingly felt. There is then feeling which is not divorced from pure awareness, i.e., head and heart become one and the same.”
“ॐ” Liberation occurs at a stage of Samadhi (A state of intense concentration achieved through meditation.)“ॐ”