"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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Self: Seeker and Sought

Sri Annamalai Swami

Q: Is it not good to remember God and to repeat his name?

AS: The Ribhu Gita advises us to remember at all times, 'I am the Self; all this is the Self'. The entire universe is 'I'. If you can keep this permanently in your mind, millions and millions of punyas will come to you. There were many books that Bhagavan liked, but Ribhu Gita is a book for one's last like.

You must have read Hanuman's story in the Ramayana. Hanuman's mind was completely lost in the name of Rama, and because of this he accumulate great powers. He was able to jump across the ocean because of his full and complete devotion. I advise doing japa to the Self, either by repeatedly thinking about it or by repeating affirmations such as 'I am the Self'. This affirmation is the greatest mantra of all. If you can do it continuously without interruption, you will get results very quickly. There is no greater japa, no greater sadhana than this.

The one who is seeking is also that which is sought. The seeker and the sought are both the Self. If you are not able to find the Self within yourself, you will not find it anywhere else. Searching on the outside and visiting holy places will not help you.

Many people are visiting swamis, temples and holy places. Doing these things will not yield any good fruit. For real and lasting results you have to look inside yourself and discover the Self within. You can do that anywhere.

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