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Jyoti

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How to start with self enquiry?
« on: September 09, 2011, 02:16:55 AM »
Every day when I go to sleep I say to myself "Tomorrow I will start with self-enquiry" - and the next evening I do the same.
Because I have no idea how to put it into practise.
Can anybody give me a hint?

I would use a chair for sitting, I cannot sit on the flour.
So when I sit on my chair - what am I to think? "Who am I?"?
What am I to feal when I think "Who am I?"?

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Re: How to start with self enquiry?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2011, 08:02:49 AM »
Dear Jyoti,

to begin with, just cultivate the habit to sit for 15 minutes silently unmoved comfortably in a chair in a calm place or some corner. Don't worry about what is the pocedure for "Self Enquiry" There are no "Fixed" procedure or steps for Self Enquiry.

The Self Enquiry that begins to sprout from within without any programming is the True Self Enquiry. If you try to gather ideas as to how to practice Self Enquiry, it becomes mere intellectual exercise.

So just be. Go to school like how a small child begins to go to nursery, LKG, Kindergarten! No expectation. The learning is natural.

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

Subramanian.R

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Re: How to start with self enquiry?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2011, 12:22:46 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

As Nagaraj says, 'sit silently for a few minutes.' and then start reading
that small booklet Who am I? Read it slowly. Understand every sentence
of it. Then close the book and contemplate on the contents. Do this
for some months. Do not memorize. Read it from the book every day.
and contemplate on the contents.



Arunachala Siva.
 

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Re: How to start with self enquiry?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2011, 07:27:48 PM »
Sit or stand or lay down. As thoughts come into your mind ask "to whom do these thoughts come?" and look where it takes you.

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Re: How to start with self enquiry?
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2011, 01:15:32 PM »
I watch my thoughts and try to trace their origin.  'Where is the origin of thought?' is the line of enquiry I pursue and turn my attention to the source of thoughts.  In a few moments this attention is lost and I am immersed in thoughts.  When I gain myself again I resume the enquiry.  Most often I am lost in thoughts but I try to persevere.

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Re: How to start with self enquiry?
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011, 04:06:15 PM »
I was in the same situation : how to practice self inquiry.

After 3 years of some reading of books of Ramana the practice was not very clear. I practice for many years mantra japa : good to calm down the mind but I would like to practice self inquiry but how ?

So I have searched and I have made 2 discovery on the net :
http://www.albigen.com/uarelove/most_rapid/contents.aspx
and also the site of Michael James :
http://www.happinessofbeing.com/

What said srkudai joined what says Michael Langford :

Some extract :

# Look at an object in the room.
# Notice the awareness that is looking through your eyes.
# Now shut your eyes and notice that you are still aware.
# It is the same awareness that a moment ago was looking at the room.
# Now, with your eyes still closed observe your awareness.

# Awareness is not thought.
# Awareness is that which is aware of thought

# Awareness is not emotions.
# Awareness is that which is aware of emotions.

# Awareness is not the objects seen by the eyes.
# Awareness is that which is aware of the objects seen by the eyes.
The more important chapter are 6, 7, 8

So also read some articles by Michael James :
About Michael James : http://www.happinessofbeing.com/michael_james.html

But the most important : ask to Bhagavan to help you and it works, have faith, and don't give up

Namaste

Nagaraj

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Re: How to start with self enquiry?
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2011, 04:36:48 PM »
Dear Vaishnavi,

There are many great useful meditative aid quotes. But I don't remember who said all these -

"Observe the enquirer"

"observe the observer"

"enquire the enquirer"

"dont watch your thought, watch the thinker"

"Awareness watching Awareness"

there are many such aids, that takes your further

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: How to start with self enquiry?
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2011, 05:36:17 PM »
Namaste srkudai

Do you have a good web site who talks Sambhavi Mudra : in google there is many results but if you have a good one thanks  :)

Namaste

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Re: How to start with self enquiry?
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2011, 02:30:57 AM »
Dear Jyoti,

Subramanian. R has already given the advice on Who Am I? (Nan Yar?). It is a book that is intimately linked Bhagavan and so I believe its importance cannot be understated. It does contain guidance for Self- enquiry and I try to use it whenever I remember.

This is what works for me:
If one inquires as to where in the body the thought ‘I’ rises first, one would discover that it rises in the heart. That is the place of the mind’s origin. Even if one thinks constantly ‘I’ ‘I’, one will be led to that place.

Arunachala Siva