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18507Path of Jnan(Path of Knowing)

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  • Sandeep
    Dec 22, 2012
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      Who am I.......is  the starting point(and found to be the end point) on the path of Jnana(path of knowing)..
       
      ...aka Ramana's famous Self-Enquiry bromide.
       
      As always.....a sharing in the moment........gets captured.....via a conditioning and what arises is a scriptural doctrine...
       
      ...which starts getting worshiped.
       
      The thousand bows to the tea-pot, rather than drinking the tea.
       
      Once the transient hollowness of what hereto was assumed to be one's identity......aka in the form of a name, sex...
       
      ..... status......whether personal, societal, national....whether established via relationships..
       
      .... or as possessor of knowledge, successes, failures......experiences........et al...
       
      .....once the transient hollowness of all that is apparent.......it is only then that the question of Who am I.... is born.
       
       
      However this is not a quest of replacing identities.
       
      Not a replacement of the name of John Doe with Param Brahman.....or Jesus's Old Man....or Yahweh.....or whatever.
       
      Seeing the transience of everything within time........thought posits something as the timeless, something as the eternal...
       
      ...and its back to the same round and round ......a different mulberry bush.
       
       
      When the question of Who am I.......is born......the way forward(to use a term, as really there is nothing as backward..
      ....for something as a forward to be a direction)...
       
      .....what is to be seen.......is that the question of "Who am I".......is an arising and persisting thought of such a question.
       
      Rather than the content of the thought......the quest in quietude is......who is it that took delivery of this thought as the question?
       
      The thought as the question............got anchored where?
       
      For whom is the question "Who am I"........a relevant question?
       
      And what ever answer that arises.....irrespective of the content of the thought-as-the-answer....
       
      .....it is once again a thought-construction.
       
      Rather than the content of the thought-as-the-answer(which is only a confabulation of the known)...
       
      ....the quest in quietude.......remains the same.
       
      Who is it that took delivery of this thought-as-the-answer?
       
      For whom........is the answer.............an answer?
       
       
      And the assurance that this quest in quietude......is not an ad-infinitum regression.
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