"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Leave The "I", No Misery

Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj

Actually, no such thing as an "I" exists. The entire doership that is the motivating force behind the "I" is contained solely in brahman. However, brahman is so brilliant, the moment that he finds someone who takes pride in "doership", he leaves all responsibility for the actions on the head of that "I" and remains unattached. Consequently, the poor "I" is destined to revolve on the wheel of birth and death. In the example of garland, the name "garland" came forward after the names "flowers" and "thread" were forgotten. When the garland dries up, nobody says that the flowers have dried up, they say the garland has dried up, or if the thread snaps, they say the garland has snapped. This indicates that the "doership"of the original object is imposed upon the third object due to the pride, or identification of the object. In the same way, a series of miseries strike the non-existent "I". 

If one wants to get free from this misery, he must leave the "I". However, before it is left off, one has to find out exactly where this "I" resides. It is only when we find the "I", that we can talk about leaving it off. The aspirant should begin the search for this "I" at his or her own center. It will never be found outside of us. In every human being this sense of "I" or ego, and "mine", the feeling of possession, is filling one up to the brim. All the actions in the world are carried out by the force of this ego, and the sense of "mine". The assumption of "I" is taken for granted by all human beings. However, all actions can be carried out without this ego, or the sense of "mine". How this can be done shall be seen later. Presently we will discuss only this sense of "I" and "mine". In order to trace this "I" let us first examine our own physical gross body that seems so close to us. After analyzing it. let us see if this "I" can be found anywhere in this body.

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