Forms and names

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"FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN FACTOR, is the first contributor to the need of every human being , to seek for a Form and Name for support outside oneself."Being an Indian, it is ever so easy to sink in the innumerable Forms, Names, Mantras, slokas,Scriptures,Rituals, Gurus, Yogas ,Paths forgetting the one who is not even a breathe away.Agreed,that when one is a beginner in search of the Self,one needs the aid of any or all of these. But for A SELF REALISED ONE do these aids find a place , or are they a part of the whole emancipated self?
This question arose, as there is so much in the web to add to all this confusion.
P.S. i am yet to know Who Am I?

seeker's picture

losing control

The fear of the unknown stems from the fear of the mind of losing control which is a quality of the preservation of an image of a sovereign "I".

Mind can perceive only form, so it can only try to control form objects.

In India the level of chaos is greater and so the need to maintain more control is greater as described in

How can we handle this tendency in an efficient way?

seeker | Mon, 03/09/2009 - 09:14
Phroggy's picture


Yes, ultimately it's all seen to be a distraction, part of the spiritual circus.

Phroggy | Mon, 03/09/2009 - 18:47
Omkaradatta's picture

Who am I...

"P.S. i am yet to know Who Am I?"

Keep 'looking within'... really, we can get little or nothing of value from 'others' on the spiritual quest, aside maybe from pointers to the various ways to look within. Otherwise, what we're doing is noticing what amounts to our own tendencies in others -- i.e. if we see someone else's ego showing, we're seeing the "other-form" of our own ego reaction.

There's enormous spiritual value in keeping a Self-focus -- huge, immense. Many people don't seem to remotely suspect how much. It can be difficult at first (our poor neglected self is often in shambles due to lack of awareness and a lifetime of outward focus) but it's worth it.

Omkaradatta | Tue, 03/10/2009 - 03:09