True nature of Self
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“Your body, which is part of and depending on this illusory world, is on the other hand the expression ofa hidden inner process. You are yourself the many, appearing in various aspects, forms and modes. Each one of them exists in fact to fulfill a particular need. Yours is the give and take of the universe, yours the need, and yet you yourself are the fulfillment that hidden inner process is generated by you.” Anandamayee Ma
“As body, mind, or soul, you are a dream; you really are Being, Consciousness,
Bliss (satchidananda). You are the God of this universe.” – Swami Vivekananda
“All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between
God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the
kingdom of heaven is within us.” – Swami Vivekananda
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.
– Albert Einstein
A human being … experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as
something separated from the rest – a kind of optical illusion of his
consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. – Albert Einstein (Source -Einstein and Buddha – The Parallel Sayings edited by Thomas J McFarlane)
Take the instance of the cinema. Scenes are projected on the screen in the cinema-show. But the moving pictures do not affect or alter the screen. The spectator pays attention to them, not to the screen. They cannot exist apart from the screen, yet the screen is ignored. So also, the Self is the screen where the pictures, activities etc. are seen going on. The man is aware of the latter but not aware of the essential former. All the same the world of pictures is not apart from the Self. Whether he is aware of the screen or unaware, the actions will continue. Sri Raman Maharshi
The moon shines in my body, but my blind eyes cannot see it:
The moon is within me, and so is the sun.
The unstruck drum of Eternity is sounded within me; but my deaf ears cannot hear it.
So long as man clamours for the I and the Mine, his works are as naught:
When all love of the I and the Mine is dead, then the work of the Lord is done.
For work has no other aim than the getting of knowledge:
When that comes, then work is put away.
The flower blooms for the fruit: when the fruit comes, the flower withers.
The musk is in the deer, but it seeks it not within itself: it wanders in quest of grass. Kabir in One Hundred Poems of Kabir: Translated by Rabindranath Tagore
|There is a spark of good in everybody, no matter how deeply it may be buried. It is the real you. When I say ‘you’ what am I really thinking of? Am I thinking of the clay garment, the body? No, that’s not the real you. Am I thinking of the self-centered nature? No, that’s not the real you. The real you is that divine spark. Some call this the God-centered nature, others the divine nature and the Kingdom of God within. Hindus know it as nirvana;
the Buddhists refer to it as the awakened soul; the Quakers see it as
the Inner Light. In other places it is known as the Christ in you, the
Christ Consciousness, the hope of glory, or the indwelling spirit. Even
some psychologists have a name for it, the superconscious. But it is
all the same thing dressed in different words. The important thing to
remember is that it dwells within you! Peace Pilgrim: Peace Pilgrim Book Chapter 12: The way of a pilgrim
There is no end to self-knowledge. So, a man who is really earnest must begin with himself, he must be passively aware of all his thoughts, feelings and actions. Again, this is not a matter of time. There is no end to self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment. – By: J.Krishnamuti, from: New Delhi India 1st Public Talk 14th November, 1948
“The Self is one. Ever still, the Self is Swifter than thought, swifter than the senses. Though motionless, he outruns all pursuit. Without the Self, never could life exist.” – Isha Upanishad
That is why it is important, as I said, to understand the process, the ways of our own thinking. Self-knowledge cannot be gathered through anybody, through any book, through any confession, psychology, or psychoanalyst. It has to be found byyourself, because it is your life; and without the widening and
deepening of that knowledge of the self, do what you will, alter any
outward or inward circumstances, influences – it will ever be a
breeding ground of despair, pain, sorrow. To go beyond the
self-enclosing activities of the mind, you must understand them; and to
understand them is to be aware of action in relationship, relationship
to things, to people, and to ideas. In that relationship, which is the
mirror, we begin to see ourselves, without any justification or condemnation; and from that wider and deeper knowledge of the ways of our own mind, it is possible to proceed further; then it is possible for the mind to be quiet, to receive that which is real. – J. Krishnamurti, Ojai 4th Public Talk 24th July 1949