Who am I? Ahhh!

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I am sitting by myself right now, 'myself' being the computer and whatever I believe to be 'out there'... and reading these words.

I just realized... that I am the reader of these words, and there is nothing 'out there' at all, just me, myself and I. I am I.

I am reading these words right now that I believe somebody else wrote, but they are really 'mine'! Fancy that!

Now I know which direction to go... I go within, stay 'right here' and realize that everything 'out there' is really 'right here' as well. Maybe it's a little scary. That's OK. I'm so used to creating 'otherness' that it scares me a little not to. What a power I have, to do that! But I know where to look now.

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"I simply followed (my teacher's) instruction, which was to focus the mind on pure being, 'I am', and stay in it. I used to sit for hours together with nothing but the 'I am' in my mind, and soon peace and joy and a deep all-embracing love became my normal state. In it all disappeared -- myself, my Guru, the life I lived, the world around me. Only peace remained, and unfathomable silence." -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"I am independent so simply and totally, that your mind, accustomed to opposition and denial, cannot grasp it. I mean literally what I say..." -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"His secret, and the ultimate paradox, is that he stands on his own. He is completely by himself (svasthya). Only by an absolute independence (svatantrya) has he discovered his absolute oneness with all things." -- Thomas Byrom's Ashtavakra Gita

"I am telling you again: You are the all-pervading, all transcending reality. Behave accordingly: think, feel and act in harmony with the whole and the actual experience of what I say will dawn upon you in no time." -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

abra's picture

I Am

Nice piece!

Try now to do the same without the "I believe", "I just realized" and "I know" parts.

abra | Mon, 12/15/2008 - 12:45
Omkaradatta's picture

Ahh, shookies

I *almost* did it right, but nooootttt qqqquuuuuuuuuiiiitttttteeeeeee. There has to be *some* kind of rrrreeeesssiiisssttaaaannncee toooo wwwhhhaattt iisssszzz...


Omkaradatta | Mon, 12/15/2008 - 22:49