Nature of the Self Session 1 - Self Exploration on Subject and Object by Ekta BathijaJun 09, 2021
songs, welcome to the chapter of ramana maharshi's book, be what you are, the name of the chapter is the
in this particular
in this particular
session, let's start with
exploration, what is self-
exploration? How can self-examination be treated? a meditation but you don't go to sleep or get lost in a trance or get lost in the pleasure of it no, that's not what self-explorations are self-exploration is the English translation of the Sanskrit word yes for internal investigation and what it is the character of the atmosphere even if my eyes are closed with my eyes closed I'm really exploring my inner environment I'm exploring the body the mind and I'm going beyond the body and the mind so for that I have to be 100 alert 100 per week I can't go to sleep I can't get lost in a trance and I can't get lost I'm in the bliss and pleasure of words you know then you're not making art yeah, where I'm 100 alert I'll ask you questions and those questions are specially designed for inner exploration, so Let him see if he can come up with the answer before giving the answer in the next sentence, very clear what self-exploration is, in other words, it is a self-inquiry, the first part will be done with our eyes open and then close our eyes, he taught himself one wisdom, the
natureof the self, that is all, he taught nothing more.
If you've read the introduction to the book, you already know a little about it. He became enlightened when he was a teenager, a very young child. he was devoid of the conditioning of the scriptures that everyone has read, yes, he never entered into the scriptures either with a guru or with anyone, it was a sudden enlightenment, so in that sudden enlightenment he tested his being and recognized it and at that moment the person died. is the meaning of the person body mind intellect memory and ego this is what constitutes the person in Sanskrit it is called jiva we identify ourselves with the body mind intellect memory and ego and we think that this is what I am we think that this jiva is what I am during Ramana Maharshi's enlightenment he realized oh I am not this jiva I am beyond this jiva means I am beyond the body beyond the mind beyond the intellect beyond memory and even beyond what he says I am the ego yes and you saw this in your own atmosphere in your own self-exploration, so now we will try a mini self-exploration like ramada moshi, yes, everyone is ready for that, then we will talk a little more about Ramadan after the self-exploration, the first one part of the self-exploration we will do with Eyes Open, then I will instruct you to close your eyes.
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Do not take any notes during the self-examination. Put your book and pen aside. Just sit comfortably. We do this very innocently. Ramana Maharishi was 14 years old when he became enlightened. It takes our mind back to that innocent age when I was very simple, innocent, unconditioned and had not read any scripture, I was very simple, very innocent, such a child with that innocence, with that love for ourselves, that's how we start the atmosphere. self-exploration, so sit comfortably and just look around your room look around the room dropping all the names and shapes how a baby would look around him a baby doesn't know names and shapes innocently just recognize that he is perceiving through the sense of sight, this is called sight perception and you are perceiving the so-called physical
objects are in your room, you are perceiving them through the sense of sight. now let's close our eyes when the eyes are closed, you are perceiving the absence of the same physical objects again. let's try this again let's open our eyes this is perception of the presence of physical objects perception of sight presence of the physical now close your eyes perception of the absence of physical objects and let's keep our eyes closed now I can perceive the presence of physical objects that I can perceive the absence of physical objects means that I am the
subjectwas perceiving the presence of objects and now I am perceiving the absence of objects subject and object are always different subject and object are not the same this means that I am separate from the perception of sight I am separate from what I can perceive you recognize that you are separate from the perception of sight you recognize that you are the subject and whatever images you saw, whatever shapes you saw, whatever shapes you saw with your eyes open, were objects that you are the subject and they are objects your perception of sight similarly you can hear a voice and you can hear certain words I can perceive sound so I am separated from the perception of sound if there is a smell around you a fragrance of perfume or an unpleasant smell I can perceive the smell , so I am separated from the perception of smell.
Your body is touching the chair you are sitting on. I can perceive touch, so I am separate from the perception of touch. Notice if there is a taste in your mouth, even if it is a mild taste I can perceive the taste so I am separate from the perception of taste I am not perceptions perceptions are not what I am let's bring our attention to the body you may feel cold or warm bring your attention to the cold or hot feeling maybe there is pain somewhere or some discomfort in the body pain or discomfort are also sensations draw your attention to the sensations maybe there is a growling feeling in the stomach maybe somewhere there is itch all these are physical sensations I can perceive the sensations it means that I am the subject and the physical sensations I am the object I the subject and perceiving the object subject and object are always different this means that I am not the physical sensations the physical body is not more than this mass of sensations I can perceive the entire mass of sensations from the top of the head to the toes, pay attention from the top of the head and slowly to the toes, now pay attention from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. perceive this entire physical body from top to bottom from bottom to top what does that mean it means I am not the body how can I be that I can perceive if I can perceive something it is definitely separate from me ask yourself the question right?
You recognize that I am not the body. Now let's take our attention beyond the body. What is that beyond physical sensations? you can go further to go further we simply have to refrain from indulging in physical sensation you can observe certain thoughts certain feelings any thought rise and fall observe them if his head falls that means he is sleeping sit up straight what is beyond the physical sensations you can notice thoughts arise and fall I can perceive these thoughts means that I am the subject and these thoughts are the object I am the subject and I perceive the object The subject and the object are always different, they are not the same, this means that I am not the thoughts, not even I am the feelings that rise and fall because I can see something rise and fall, it means I am separate from it.
The mind is nothing but these thoughts and feelings I can perceive the entire mind If I can perceive the mind it means that I am not the mind Until now we have realized that I am not the body because I can perceive the entire mass of sensations called the physical body. How can I be what I am perceiving? It has to be separated from me. I am not the mind because I can perceive the content of this mind. I can perceive thoughts and feelings that rise and fall, rise and fall so naturally. I am separated from what I can. perceive I am not the body I am not the mind so if I am not the body and I am not the mind I am not these thoughts and feelings I am not sensations and I am not even the world of perception of sight sound taste that smells it is me who I am let's look beyond look beyond the sensations of the body look beyond the thoughts beyond the feelings reject what you are not now now you understood I am not sensations and not perceptions and not thoughts and not feelings reject what you are not and go beyond, are you able to recognize that I am not able to look beyond? there is only a feeling of not thinness here it is just a void why am I not able to perceive anything here the way I could perceive it on the physical plane and mental levels on the physical level I was able to perceive the sensation on the mental level I was able to perceive the thought and the feelings when I look beyond the sensations thoughts and feelings there is nothing there it is a space of nothing why I cannot perceive anything here just like the two eyes in the face cannot see themselves but they can see the whole world of Similarly in this there is no thinness i the perceiver can perceive all physical and mental objects but I cannot perceive myself I cannot see myself but I can feel myself oh this is what I am I this without things?
This emptiness I can only feel being that is why it is called the sense of being the sense of what I am now explore this nothing is a dead void or is it alive you will notice that it is alive and conscious oh my nature is emptiness and nothing absolutes but that no thing it is not dead it is alive it is conscious in itself it is like an empty background in which suddenly a thought arises suddenly a feeling arises suddenly a sensation appears suddenly a perception appears and suddenly all perceptions also disappear thoughts feelings sensations They arise and disappear, they are changing continuously but this void, this background of nothingness, is permanent.
Do you notice that when there are no thoughts, feeling sensations and perceptions, there is only a void, a stillness, so this background is itself? the feeling of being the feeling of existing in Sanskrit is called sunshine in the absence of physical and mental objects there is a tranquility there is only the feeling of tranquility of existing in Hindi language in Sanskrit holy is the feeling of being keep your eyes closed just be with the feeling of being notice when a thought arises or a sensation arises then what happens the same background knows that there is a sensation knows that there is a thought that is the moment when sat changes to chit chit means that you know what you are aware of something, so when there is a perception, sensation, thought, feeling, to know that moment, the deep inside knows that it is aware of it, it is called consciousness, when thoughts, feelings, sensations, perceptions just fall and there is just a tranquility , then the background has There is nothing to know and the knowledge collapses and it is just a state of being that is called the sun.
Do you notice that this bottom is devoid of any pain or pleasure? You can nod your head. Do you notice that this background is devoid of emotion? recognizing that this background is devoid of depression is a straight line of equanimity of peace this is called ananda I am satchit ananda I am the sense I am the consciousness I am the knowledge in fact I am the knowledge itself just being in that nothingness in that empty in that nothingness when a thought or feeling arises sensation which is called waking state when there is no thought or feeling any disturbing sensation when you are absolutely still which is similar to deep sleep state absence of physical and mental objects a deep sensation dream state oh everything arises In me and everything falls back into me I the nothingness and that silent and silent background I am in fact the center around which everything revolves I am the heart of everything and the most important atmosphere to do Can you find a me there? look for the one who said ah I am the satchit you can only find the I look look see inside follow the eye you can find an eye located there the non-thinness speaks and says I am not things if you follow the I you will realize the eye drops disappear in the nothing that is the absolute reality that is devoid of a personal self is a separate individual self so there is nothing this emptiness is actually a feeling a feeling devoid of a personal eye is a universal field there is I have no idea, more often We are a universal field that is an absolute reality, so
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