Tag: Ramana Maharshi

What is Self Inquiry?

erez's picture

Recently, quite a lot of people who read my blog post Self Inquiry - tips and were not familiar with Ramana Maharshi's Self Inquiry (also written "Self Enquiry", in Sanskrit: "Atma Vichara") got curious and asked me to explain what it is and how to do it.

Self Inquiry techniques

suzame's picture

There are here a few extremely valuable posts of tips & tricks for doing Ramana Maharshi's self enquiry.

I would specially recommend two:

Who is it that...? A powerful exercise

atlantis's picture


  • Ask yourself the following questions but do not try to answer them, do not try to respond in an intellectual manner, use them as mental pointers to pinpoint and sense the feeling of "I" that is always there in the substratum of your stream of consciousness and then observe this "I".

A trick to break identification with the thinker

divine intervention's picture

First bring into awareness the sense of "I", bring it by looking for the thinker, the presupposed intimate subject that does the thinking, the "you" that thinks.

Your strong conviction that you are one same "I"

erez's picture

One of the most strong taken-for-granted illusionary convictions one carries consistently is that he is a one single unified entity, one monolithic "I", one solid personality, one same-in-all-times John, one atomic Barbara.

"I AM" - Concept - Beware!

nisargadattadiscipleramakant's picture

Ramakant Maharaj’s spontaneous response to questions on "I Am", yesterday.

Q. What exactly is ‘I am’ in simple words, and what is it not?

"I Am" - the trickiest notion of all

angel76's picture

"I Am" - the trickiest notion of all.

So natural to the one who has traced it and so confusing to the one who hasn't yet.

So soft, so subtle that any effort is destined to block access to it.

Forums for self enquiry


Those who are interested in self-enquiry are welcome here:


A Meditation on Ego

B-friend's picture

Those who have discovered great Truths have done so in the still depths of the Self. The ego is like one’s shadow thrown on the ground. If one attempts to bury it, it will be foolish.

Heart and Enquiry

B-friend's picture

Yeah..there seems to be, or is, a lot of confusion about all this "Heart" talk. Ramana had many different uses for this word depending on the nature and the temperament of the questioner.