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Am I the body?
« on: July 24, 2009, 11:59:53 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana says that only the experience of I is the real
ownership of ours.  Body is not mine. There are people who are
visually challenged, challenged in hearing, challenged in speech
etc.,  But they also experience the I,I,I.  Even in total darkness,
where is no functioning of eye, we experience the I, like the child
in Thrissur school said:  I am feeling my Presence.  There were
Jnanis who were limbless, no hands no legs but they were in
total bliss for ever.  Bilvamangal felt the Presence of Krishna even
after he became totally blind. 

Whether the body is there or not as ours, is explained by a beautiful
example.  A legless person, is sitting on his cot.  There is no one
else in the house. Suddenly, the telephone rings and he rushes
to pick up the phone and then falls down since he had no legs!
The body is not there.  But It is there.  And that is the It which
makes him run towards the telephone!

The presence of I which is permanent is known clearly when one
re-discovers it after overcoming the ego.  Swami Rajeshwarananda
said to Bhagavan Ramana:  I have re-discovered my lost treasure.
It was not really lost for ever.  It was hidden, like the underground
treasure, on which one walks over everyday.  The underground
treasure is known only when he digs!  Digs the mud out.

Hridaya Vidya or Hamsa Vidya is only discovering this real I or
discriminating the Real I from the false I.  Hamsa, the mythological swan separates the water from pure milk and drinks only the milk.

Arunachala Siva.