To seek one's self and merge in the Self, that is wisdom.
When thoughts arise during the meditation, one is not to follow them up but to watch them and ask; 'What is this thought? Where did it come from? And to whom?
To ME - and who am I? There is no answer to the Who-am-I? There can be no answer for it is dissolving the I-thought, which is the parent of all other thoughts and piercing beyond to the stillness where thought is not. It is not only as a technique of meditation that Sri Bhagavan prescribes Self-enquiry but as a technique of living also.
There is no going, no changing, for That which is universal. It depends on the temperament and and spiritual maturity of the individual. There can be no mass instruction. Except in the rarest of cases, Realization is possible only through the Grace of the Guru. In the highest and truest meaning of the word the Guru is he who has realized Oneness with the Spirit that is the Self of all.
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This is Sat-Guru. Submission to this Guru is not submission to any outside oneself but to the Self manifested outwardly in order to help one discover the Self within. The master is within; meditation is meant to remove the ignorant idea that he is only outside. When the wrong identification of oneself with the body ceases, the Master is found to be none other than the Self.
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Being beyond otherness, there can be no relationship for him. The Guru or Gnani Enlightened One sees no difference between himself and others. From Bhagavan's point of view there are no disciples, but from that of the disciple the Grace of the Guru is like an ocean. Although the Sun is shining you must make the effort of turning to look at it if you want to see it.
God appears to him the disciple in some form or other, human or non-human, to guide him as Guru in answer to his prayer. Two things are to be done, first to find the Guru outside yourself and then to find the Guru within. There are two ways, either ask yourself;.
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The instruction, then, was to sit concentrating on the heart at the right side and ask:. What use is a fan when the cool, gentle southern breeze is blowing? Self enquiry is the one infallible means, the only direct one, to realize the unconditioned absolute Being that you really are. Having realized the Self, nothing remains to be known, because it is perfect Bliss, it is all.
The purpose of self enquiry is to focus the entire mind at its Source. It is not, therefore, a case of one 'I' searching for another 'I'. The true answer will come of itself. No answer the ego can give can be right.
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