If the ‘I’ is not let go

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M.: To introvert the mind is the prime thing. The Buddhists consider the flow of ‘I’ thought to be Liberation; whereas we say that such flow proceeds from its underlying substratum - the only - Reality. Why should one be meditating ‘I am Brahman’? Only the annihilation of ‘I’ is Liberation. But it can be gained only by keeping the ‘I-I’ always in view. So the need for the investigation of the ‘I’ thought. If the ‘I’ is not let go, no blank can result to the seeker. Otherwise meditation will end in sleep. There is only one ‘I’ all along, but what arises up from time to time is the mistaken ‘I-thought’; whereas the intuitive ‘I’ always remains Self-shining, i.e., even before it becomes manifest.

"If the ‘I’ is not let go, no blank can result to the seeker."

This statement can slip by unnoticed very easily, but, there is a secret here that Ramana states matter of factly. If anyone has ever blanked out while intently focusing on something or meditating, then they might understand what is being spoken of. What Ramana is telling us here, though, is that when we hold onto the "I", instead of blanking out, i.e., all other thoughts vanishing, the "intuitive I"-the "bare I", will stand manifest.

You can think of this way as well..

It is said that the mind and its thoughts, along with the "I-thought", spring from the Heart. The "I-thought" being the primal thought. As one intently focuses on the "I-thought", the "fountain" begins to descend. When holding the "I-thought" intently until no other thoughts remain, the "I-thought" comes to rest as the "fountain" comes to rest --in the Heart. Whereas, normally when thoughts come to rest, there is sleep or deep sleep. But with the I-thought or I-sense held tight, there is no sleep and there is no blank..And with no thoughts, there is no subject/object relationships. There is only " I "