That the sun rises in the east Is true only from here on earth And a few other places But what is east anyway Except as we define it In relation to something else. Who am I anyway Except as I relate To people and things And since my relations To people and things Are … Continue reading Relativism
"Only a true Brahmin is a true Hindu. A true Hindu does not consider himself a Brahmin, true or otherwise. And to be a true Brahmin you need not be a born-Hindu. Not all born-Hindus are true Hindus. A true Hindu is one who does not consider himself as belonging to any identity be it … Continue reading A True Hindu
Read especially Chapter 3 "Who Are You?" in this preview of the book "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer https://books.google.co.in/books/about/The_Untethered_Soul.html?id=sqPzr7Pn4cQC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y
I have noticed that human beings often judge other people based on the notion that a human being is a static entity. When they talk about other human beings, they somehow unconsciously assume that the person never changes. We often reduce human beings into mere labels such as ‘he is a good guy’, ‘he is a bad guy’ etc. We tend to define human beings and confine people within the boundary of a definition. This is usually based on a very short time acquaintance with another human being. You may know a person for the past six months and within those six months that person has already been conceptualized as a static entity inside your mind; Based on how you react to the experiences with that person, you tend to form an opinion that never changes in your life. I mean, you never bother to revise that opinion.
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Who are you? I am a Hindu. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am an Indian. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am a Bengali. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am a Brahmin. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I don’t know. Ah, at last.
Very clear and sane advice on what it takes for enlightenment or self-realisation to occur. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6o1DcRUERs
There may come a moment in life when the world no longer stimulates us and we feel deeply apathetic, even abandoned. This can motivate us towards the search for our real nature beyond appearances. When we no longer find interest in activities and states, when we no longer feel much pleasure in objects and human relationships, we may find ourselves asking: “Is there something wrong with this world or with my attitude towards it?” This serious doubt can lead us to ask: “What is the meaning of existence? What is life? Who am I? What is my true nature?” Sooner or later any intelligent person asks these questions.
As we live with these questions, look at them closely, we become aware that the “me” always seems to be at the center of things playing several roles: “I am cold. I am tired. I am working.” With a more open-minded alertness…
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In my first conversation with Bob Adamson, the very first thing he asked me was (as I recall it), “Well, do you know what it is? Do you know what Nisargadatta Maharaj understood and what he was pointing to? Is it absolutely clear yet?” I remained silent. All my former concepts and acquired knowledge were … Continue reading John Wheeler – You Are Awareness