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Silence and questions
« on: February 06, 2009, 10:22:27 AM »
On  22nd June 1935, a youth of twenty asked how to realize the Self.
He sat down in silence and waited more than an hour.  And then
was about to leave.  While doing so, he asked:

How to realize the Self?

Bhagavan: Whose Self. Find out.

Who am I?

Bhagavan: Find it yourself.

I do not know.

Bhagavan: Think. Who is that says: I do not know.  What is not
known? In that statement, who is "I"?

Somebody in me.

Bhagavan: Who is that 'somebody'?  In whom?

May be some power.

Bhagavan: Find it.

How to realize Brahman?

Bhagavan: Without knowing the Self, why do you seek to know

The sastras say Brahman pervades all and me too.

Bhagavan: Find that "I" in me and then there will be time to think
of Brahman.

Why was I born?

Bhagavan: Who is born?  The answer is the same for all of your questions.

Who am I then?

(Bhagavan) smiling, Have you come to examine me and ask me?
You must say who you are.

In deep sleep the soul leaves the body and remains somewhere.
When it re-enters I awake.  Is it so?

Bhagavan: What is that leaves the body?

The power, perhaps.

Bhagavan: Find out that power!

The body is composed of five elements.  What are the elements?

Bhagavan: Without knowing the Self, how do you aim at knowing
the elements?

The young man sat awhile and left with permission.

Bhagavan said later, "All right.  It will work!"

(Source: Talks, Munagala Venkatramiah.)

Arunachala Siva.