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Who are we really?
« on: December 13, 2011, 08:09:46 PM »
Dear friends,
Daily we get up in the morning , perform all our activities ,go to bed  ,have a deep sleep and then a dream sleep and finally get up to do all over the same activites again.
Above is as envisaged of ourselves as the body.
Now let us imagine ourselves that we are the subtle mind in communion with the self in deep sleep,imagining a  world with some funny happenings  (so called dream world ) and finally another world where we have a relatively stronger physical presence in conjunction with an equally physical universe around us but again with funny happenings .
Finally in another state (the transdental state ) we are that only i.e with the awareness restricted to the awareness of awareness itself.
What are we really :- If we are that only i.e awareness restricted to the awareness of awareness itself in essence and as the true state ,then what is the truth behind all our interactions in worldy life be it imagined as the body or the subtle mind .What is the truth with respect to  all our relations  either near or far?Surely all that is a mirage ?Truly a sublime mystery.
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Re: Who are we really?
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2011, 08:19:38 AM »
Dear Anand Sundaram,

In all the three states, we are only Brahma Swarupam. Pure Light. But this Pure Light is covered by dirt, dust and smoke, the three
impurities of ego, karma, and maya.  All these three are very active in waking state, i.e. in our daily worldly activities.  In the dream
state, again all these three impurities are there to a lesser extent.  In the deep sleep state, where the mind is only in suspended
animation, karma alone is not there. The ego is in subtle form with vasanas (innate tendencies) and maya also is temporarily withdrawn.

When we over come all the three impurities, dirt, dust and smoke - ego, karma and maya - then the Pure Light of Jnana shines. In that
state, there is only one state viz., turiya. It takes one birth or many births to attain the state depending upon our carry bag load of

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Who are we really?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012, 09:02:01 AM »
so many stories of who we are ..... so little time
if you want to know who you are , really . simply ask yourself , not us , and answer truthfully .
this is self-inquiry .
simply stop telling the story of the self and see who you are without it


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Re: Who are we really?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 07:32:19 PM »

We are the Self. And that must be realized with self inquiry or self surrender with utmost sraddha. Then the vasanas will go away
on their own. There is a Siddhar's song: For the widow, how can garlands, flowers, and ornaments be of any use? Where is the
need for rouge and adornment?

Arunachala Siva.