1. Who am I ?
The gross body which is composed of the seven
humours (dhatus), I am not; the five cognitive
sense organs, viz. the senses of hearing, touch,
sight, taste, and smell, which apprehend their
respective objects, viz. sound, touch, colour,
taste, and odour, I am not; the five cognitive senseorgans,
viz. the organs of speech, locomotion, grasping,
excretion, and procreation, which have as
their respective functions speaking, moving, grasping,
excreting, and enjoying, I am not; the five
vital airs, prana, etc., which perform respectively
the five functions of in-breathing, etc., I am not;
even the mind which thinks, I am not; the nescience
too, which is endowed only with the residual
impressions of objects, and in which there are no
objects and no functioning's, I am not.
2. If I am none of these, then who am I?
After negating all of the above-mentioned as `not this',
`not this', that Awareness which alone remains - that I am.
3. What is the nature of Awareness?
The nature of Awareness is existence-consciousness-bliss
4. When will the realization of the Self be gained?
When the world which is what-is-seen has been removed,
there will be realization of the Self which is the seer.
5. Will there not be realization of the Self even while
the world is there (taken as real)?
There will not be.
The seer and the object seen are like the rope and
the snake. Just as the knowledge of the rope
which is the substrate will not arise unless the
false knowledge of the illusory serpent goes, so the
realization of the Self which is the substrate will
not be gained unless the belief that the world is
real is removed.
7. When will the world which is the object seen be removed?
When the mind, which is the cause of all cognition's
and of all actions, becomes quiescent, the
world will disappear.
10. How will the mind become quiescent?
By the inquiry `Who am I?'. The thought `who am I?'
will destroy all other thoughts, and like the
stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will
itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise
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