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I-Am Ness
« on: May 24, 2012, 02:49:04 PM »
Courtesy: Ken Wilber on IAmNess
Notice your present moment awareness. Notice the objects arising in your awareness-the images and thoughts arising in your mind, the feelings and sensations arising in your body, the myriad objects arising around you in the room or environment. All of these objects arising in your awareness.

Now think about what was in your awareness 5 minutes ago. Most of the thoughts have changed, most of the bodily sensations have changed, and probably most of the environment has changed. But something has not changed. Something in you is the same now as it was 5 minutes ago. What is present now that was present 5 minutes ago?

I AMness. The feeling-awareness of I AMness is still present. I am that ever present I AMness. That I AMness is present now, it was present a moment ago, it was present a minute ago, it was present 5 minutes ago.

What was present 5 hours ago?

I AMness. The sense of I AMness is an ongoing, self-knowing, self-recognizing, self validating I AMness. It is present now. It was present 5 hours ago. All my thoughts have changed, all my bodily sensations have changed, my environment has changed, but I AM is ever-present, radiant, open, empty, clear, spacious, transparent, free. Objects have changed, but not this formless I AMness. This obvious and present I AMness is present now as it was present 5 hours ago.

What was present 5 years ago?

I AMness. So many objects have come and gone, so many feelings have come and gone, so many thoughts have come and gone, so many dramas and terrors and loves and hates have come, and one thing has not gone. What is that? What is the only thing present in your awareness right now that you can remember was present 5 years ago? This timeless, ever-present feeling of I AMness is present now as it was 5 years ago.

What was present 5 centuries ago?

All that is ever-present is I AMness. Every person feels this same I AMness- because it is not a body, it is not a thought, it is not an object, it is not the environment, it is not anything that can be seen, but is the ever-present Seer, the ongoing open and empty Witness of all that is arising, in any person, in any world, in any place, at any time, in all the worlds until the end of time, there is only and always this obvious and immediate I AMness. What else could you possibly know? What else does anybody ever know? There is only and always this radiant self-knowing, self-feeling, self transcending I AMness, whether present now, 5 minutes ago, 5 hours ago. 5 centuries ago.

5 millennia ago?

Before Abraham was, I AM. Before the universe was, I AM. This is my original Face, the face I had before my parents were born, the face I had before the universe was born, the Face I had for all eternity until I decided to play this round of hide and seek, and get lost in the objects of my own creation.

I will NEVER again pretend that I do not know or feel my own I AMness.

And with that, this game is undone. A million thoughts have come and gone, a million feelings have come and gone, a million objects have come and gone. But one thing has not come, and one thing has not gone: the great Unborn and the great Undying, which never enters or leaves the stream of time, a pure Presence above time, floating in eternity. I am this great, obvious, self-knowing, self-validating, self-liberating I AMness.

Before Abraham was, I AM.

I AM is none other than Spirit in 1st-person, the ultimate, the sublime, the radiant all-creating Self of the entire Kosmos, present in me and you and him and her and them- as the I AMness that each and every one of us feels.

Because in all the known universes, the overall number of I AMs is but one.

Rest as I AMness always, the exact I AMness you feel right now, which is Unborn Spirit itself shining in and as you. Assume your personal identity as well- as this or that object, or this or that self, or this or that thing- resting always in the Ground of it All, as this great and completely obvious I AMness, and get up and go on about your day, in the universe I AM created.
Salutations to Bhagawan


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Re: I-Am Ness
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2012, 04:06:43 PM »
Dear i,

excellent article!

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


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Re: I-Am Ness
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2012, 08:09:01 AM »
Dear sanjaya_ganesh,

Nice article. Nochur Venkataraman used to say: As soon as you get up from sleep, stay in bed sitting for five more minutes,
and ask yourself, where was I about 3 hrs. back (i.e at 3 am)? What was I about three hours back? Where was this 'i' first
of all? Did I remember my name? Or my wife? Or my children?

This is how one comes to understand the I-am ness, the ever present, eternal, non dual Swarupam, which is beyond time
and space, without birth or death. Though sleep is only a condition, where ignorance still is dormant, it is a good way
to understand at least, what Swarupam is. It is called Swatma tirtham. The pure cool waters of Atma where one has to
drown every day; otherwise one will go mad. One can fast for several weeks. But one cannot avoid sleep for more than
a few days.

Arunachala Siva.