The only 2 important questions one should ask

Jibanda's picture

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There are only 2 important question one should ask. All the other questions are useless because they have answers.

The only 2 important question one should ask are:

(1) Who am I?

(2) What is this force that maintains more or less the same shape while matter changes constantly?

These 2 questions ultimately lead to the same horizon.

mbnarayana's picture

Tat twam asi.That is you

Tat twam asi.That is you only.Not the wordly you (the name that appears on your birth certificate),the impersonal you that is in you and in every one of us.The chidakasha having resemblance with mahakasha.The kundalini in you is the part of earth kundalini which is again the part of maha kundalini

mbnarayana | Fri, 10/09/2009 - 05:13
santana's picture

Self Enquiry or Whole Enquiry

Excellent piece.

While most people, if they deal with such questions, concentrate on the 1st one, the 2nd question is more explosive.

The 2nd question undermines our habitual daily conception about reality which takes for granted the essence, the magic that sustains this reality.

The 2nd questions leads to God faster. Dealing with the 1st question is sometimes derives from ego and concentration on the me.

santana | Fri, 10/09/2009 - 07:46
Jibanda's picture

How to act rightly on these questions

You are right.

Of course, one should not try to give answers to these questions because such answers are artificial answers of the mind, they are not truly answers. These questions only serve as signposts that point to the horizon, where we are heading to.

In order to act rightly on these questions, you can now read the followup post: It does not matter if you go inwardly or outwardly, only how you go.

Jibanda | Sat, 10/10/2009 - 12:59
johnd's picture

Honoring form and not just denouncing it

Right. We are so busy all the time in denouncing form that we forgot to stop for a minute, look at this incredible phenomenon and say: maya or not maya, it is a remarkable intelligence that is responsible for that system - the matter itself changes all the time, electrons move from one atom to another, cells split, quantum particles and waves constantly in action and yet in some mysterious way, the shape of an object is still preserved, something in its essence remains the same and is perceivable by us without even being conscious to how.

johnd | Fri, 10/09/2009 - 16:43
Jibanda's picture

Cosmic law

It's the cosmic law that sustains the stunning system of form.

And it's the same cosmic law that enables us to trace ourselves back.

But beware - it's not just a law, like the laws of physics for example. It's a cosmic law.

It's cosmic in the sense that it fills the entire cosmos, not just the perceivable part.

This consciousness is God - the horizon that these two questions ultimately lead to.

Jibanda | Fri, 10/09/2009 - 20:47
carlito santo's picture

Further directions

Those who follow the first question should consult the article in What is Self Inquiry?.

Those who follow the secondt question should consult the article in A Deception called Form.

And enjoy!

carlito santo | Sat, 10/10/2009 - 21:27
solomon's picture


Meticulously worded. I like that you term it as "horizon" and not "thing" because there is no thing there to reach. The allegory of God as a horizon, which always stays as a horizon, is brilliant.

I would add that the force that maintains more or less the same shape also gives us the ability to recognize the object even if the shape changed completely over time. It is not a thing we should take for granted. There is a mystery there which research and philosophy haven't managed to solve yet.

solomon | Mon, 10/12/2009 - 08:11
Elijah_NatureBoy's picture

Clarify Your Statement, Please!

Give more details and examples so I may give your concept more thought without imagining what you means.


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Elijah_NatureBoy | Fri, 12/23/2011 - 15:08