Author Topic: What is the easiest way to be free of the 'little self'?- Annamalai Swami  (Read 1573 times)

atmavichar100

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from: 'Living By The Words Of Bhagavan' by David Godman


Q.: What is the easiest way to be free of the 'little self'?

Annamalai Swami: Stop identifying with it. If you can convince yourself, 'This little self is not really me,' it will disappear.

Q.: But how to do that?


AS.: The little self is something that only appears to be real. If you understand that it has no real existence it will disappear, leaving behind it the experience of the real and only Self. Understand that it has no real existence and it will stop troubling you.
Consciousness is universal. There is no limitation or 'little self' in it. It is only when we identify with and limit ourselves to the body and the mind that this false sense of self is born. If, through enquiry, you go to the source of the 'little self', you find that it dissolves into nothingness.

Q.: But I am very accustomed to feel 'I am this 'little self' '. I cannot break this habit merely by thinking 'I am not this 'little self''.

AS.: This 'little self' will only give way to the real Self if you meditate constantly. You cannot wish it away with a few stray thoughts. Try to remember the analogy of the rope which looks like a snake in twilight. If you see the rope as snake the real nature of the rope is hidden from you. If you only see the rope the snake is not there. Not only that - you know that there never was a snake there. (Then) the question of how to kill the snake disappears... If you can understand that this 'little self' never at any time had any existence outside your imagination, you will not be concerned about ways and means of getting rid of it.

Q.: It is all very clear but I feel I need some help. I am not sure that i can generate this conviction by myself.

AS.: The desire for assistance is part of your problem. Don't make the mistake of imagining that there is a goal to be reached or attained. If you think like this you will start looking for methods to practice and people to help you. This just perpetuates the problem you are trying to end. Instead, cultivate the strong awareness, 'I am the Self. I am That. I am Brahman. I am everything.'.. The best way to (stop believing the wrong ideas about yourself) is to replace them with ideas which more accurately reflect the real state of affairs. ...
The Self is always attained, it is always realized; it is not something that you have to seek, reach or discover. Your vasanas and all the wrong ideas you have about yourself are blocking and hiding the experience of the real Self. If you don't identify with these wrong ideas, your Self-nature will not be hidden from you.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Yes - I find TOTAL CLARITY in words of Annamalai Swami... Something that can be only because of it comes from total experience...

Sanjay
Salutations to Bhagawan

atmavichar100

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Yes! He has assimilated the Truth Very well :)

Dear atmavichar,
        can I take this post of yours into my Annamalai Swami's sayings thread in general discussions forum ? I am little lazy to type these :D

Tushnim

I owe no copyrights to these messages .It belongs to Annamalai Swami and David Godman  :)
So feel free to use it .I got it from Ramana Maharshi  FB page .Of course primary source is David Godman's book "Living by the Words of Bhagwan"

Om Peace .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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dear Atmavichar100,

Yes. Very nice. The little self is like the 'snake' that is really not there.  If you look it with a light (a light called Guru's grace
and Atma vichara,  you will find it is only a rope.

Arunachala Siva.

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Wonderful words of Sri Anammalai Swami. Thats why all the Sages said that the Self is the state we experience all the time. It is already there,nothing to be done. Only this little self to move from the way,and stop blocking it. Thats why they said also that searching is another way of a lie to hide,to postpone. And we only need to stop and Be. Or like Anammalai Swami said,to stop believe in lie and convince ourself in the Truth,which ask us only to trust.