What is Self-realization?

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What is Self-realization? This term may look confusing to some. Isn't spirituality about losing the self? It is, yet it is also about gaining yourself.

Self-realization, in a nutshell, means realizing that everything that happens, happens to you. You are your memories, your experiencing, your Being, everything. You have never experienced anything outside your Self.

Nisargadatta Maharaj: "All there IS is me, all there IS is mine. Before all beginnings, after all endings -- I am."

When we get into a fight with someone, what happens? Their words first create a sense of 'wrongness' in us. This sensation is in US, but we tend to project it immediately onto the other. It's their fault! Of course, it is not. The wrongness happened in us -- something is wrong with us, and we should figure it out. But instead, we say something back to the other. Our words then create a sense of 'wrongness' in them, and the exchange continues, like a pinball machine with the ball bouncing back and forth. This is one of the modes (reacting) in which ego operates.

Self-realization is simply realizing that we are all. There is nothing outside us, cannot be, because "elsewhere" isn't experienceable. We neither know the content of other's minds, or even if others really exist -- they could even all be an illusion. In a way, Realization is solipsism taken to an extreme, with more than just the mind being up for grabs.

I am all that exists. Therefore, there are no others. Therefore, I am not here either, as a self, as 'me', as a person among other people. When we realize we are all that is, we aren't there anymore, because we need 'otherness' to bounce our sense of self off of, to create it.

To you, you are really all that is. You are God. Accept your total independence, complete responsibility for your Self. To do so is Self-realization.



nancy pro's picture

One who is not realized cannot and the one who is does not

Self realization is something the mind cannot grasp therefore it is pointless to try to discuss it.

Self realization, like love, cannot be described in words therefore it is pointless to try to define it.

Self realization cannot be of any interest except for the ego and the intellectual mind that turn it into a concept-toy to play with and fill the time therefore when you encounter the urge to analyze self realization turn to something else, anything else will be more beneficial - even physical masturbation.

One who is not realized cannot and the one who is does not.

nancy pro | Thu, 11/27/2008 - 09:19
Omkaradatta's picture

Pointlessness

"Self realization is something the mind cannot grasp therefore it is pointless to try to discuss it."

If you think it's pointless, what are you doing here discussing it? I already posted the message. If it's pointless to you, depart. I'm very tired of complaints right now.

"Self realization cannot be of any interest except for the ego and the intellectual mind..."

Why did you read the article in the first place, for your ego? To try and dictate to somebody else what they should do, how they should think? What?

All people do here is talk a good talk about acceptance and belief, while they reject almost everything they see.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Thu, 11/27/2008 - 10:17
leo's picture

different points

The point is that it is not pointless at all to point out to a sadhaka that is trial to pinpoint realization in words is pointless.

leo | Thu, 11/27/2008 - 12:13
Omkaradatta's picture

Pinpointing realization

Of course, one cannot produce it in others. One who isn't realized probably won't 'get' much from the words (in fact, it could look like a mind trick), but so what?

Nisargadatta: "As long as you believe only the particular to be real, conscious and happy and reject the non-dual reality as something imagined, an abstract concept, you will find me doling out concepts and abstractions. But once you have touched the real within your own being, you will find me describing what for you is the nearest and the dearest."

People are too other-focused around here, as they are everywhere. If one doesn't like it, go somewhere else. I don't need 'fixed' by anybody, I'm not broken. You read what you want, I'll write what I want.

I really, truly and honestly neither need nor want anyone's help. I am safe, secure and happy, lacking absolutely nothing.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Thu, 11/27/2008 - 13:12
Phroggy's picture

~

And yet when you post something here, others have the right to offer a clarifying or dissenting opinion, just as you have done for months. Is it appropriate to tell folks to go away if they don't agree, and not comment? Is that what you do?

I don't need to be 'fixed' either, and yet you yourself have stated that you will continue to point things out to me whether I request it or not. A little bit of integrity goes a long way.

Phroggy | Thu, 11/27/2008 - 20:16
Quantum's picture

I love you man...

But I can't find you. No email. Nada....

So what do I do? We'll, I journal. Seems to be working so far. But I would enjoy a question answer with you. Me asking questions, more likely. :)

Quantum | Thu, 11/26/2009 - 00:55
Omkaradatta's picture

Who?

Can't find who, Phroggy or omkaradatta?

If u want to get a message to Phroggy, I could forward it (can't give out his Email address).

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Thu, 11/26/2009 - 05:30
Quantum's picture

Can't find Phroggy.

I could start a blog of questions, if he can find it. :)

I don't want to highjack any one's thread.

Quantum | Thu, 11/26/2009 - 18:40
Quantum's picture

Merely giving an example?

First this:

"Their words first create a sense of 'wrongness' in us. This sensation is in US, but we tend to project it immediately onto the other. It's their fault! Of course, it is not. The wrongness happened in us -- something is wrong with us, and we should figure it out. But instead, we say something back to the other. "

Then this:

"If it's pointless to you, depart. I'm very tired of complaints right now."

This leads me to wonder: Were you merely demonstrating your point?

Quantum | Thu, 11/26/2009 - 01:33
Quantum's picture

PS:............

Aside from the apparentl outburst, if it really was that, I enjoyed your original post. There is practical benefit that can be mined out of it...

...if one knows what look for. ;)

Quantum | Thu, 11/26/2009 - 01:37