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What does Bhagavan mean to me? - (5)
« on: April 29, 2010, 08:32:50 AM »
Wolter A. Keers in his article says further: (abridged)

But we may for instance direct our attention to what remains over
when thoughts, feelings and sense-perceptions have disappeared.
Only that, which is always here, is entitled to the name of "I".
Thoughts and feelings and perceptions leave us as fast as they
have come.  Therefore, we can never be anything perceived.  We
are that which remains over when nothing is perceived but the
Presence that we are, and in which all perceptions arise and dissolve.

What happens in practice, is that when awareness is directed to the
SElf, it dissolves into the Self and Awareness become aware of Itself.

But it is essential, in one way or the other, that the answer to the
question, "Who am I?" is clearly seen on all levels.  Countless
are the yogis  who, by directing attention to awareness, got into
all kinds of "samadhi", and came out just as ignorant as they
were before -- and even more so. This is because it has not been
shown to them that the "I", the person, is nothing but a thought,
an image which appears in Consciousness like a wave in water
or a current of air in Space.  When the wave and the current have
gone, water remains, space remains, quite unchanged, completely
unaffected.  Water has remained water and space has remained

To the yogi who has not seen this, the belief will cling that the
"I", the person, was in samadhi, and this is perhaps more dangerous
than the other superstition that 'I am an ignorant person'.  Many
people, even amongst the world famous spiritual leaders of our
time, got stuck up there, in India as in the West.  They talk about
growing still larger, reaching still higher states, having still purer
love, and so on, and completely miss the point that anything which
can change is a perceived something, and that we can never be
defined as limited, by what is perceived within us.  They talk about
enjoying God's love , failing to see that in love there is no "I" to
enjoy anything and that love is our real nature; that therefore,
we are present as love, not as an "I" that loves.

It seems so obvious, so evident, that 'I love' and unfortunately
'I hate', also from time to time.  The question WHO AM I? helps
us to get disentangled from the ever so obvious.  When we face
this question, one day the trap will release us.  But face it we must.

(From the article mentioned in the first post)

Arunachala Siva.