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Friday, August 9, 2013

Self-inquiry - "Who am I?"

People like to ask other people "What do you do?", or "What did you do before this?", or "What are you going to do if you are not doing this?" in a social conversation or interview. It's about knowing "Who are you?" about other people.

In Buddhism, or in the practice of yoga and meditation, it's about knowing who we really are. We ask ourselves "Who am I?".

It's not important about "Who was I?" in the past, because no matter how good or bad we were in the past, it has nothing to do with our true nature, who we really are.

It's not important about "Who am I going to become?" in the next moment, because no matter how good or bad we will be transforming into, it also has nothing to do with our true nature, who we really are.

Even in this present moment now, who we think we are, and whether we are good or bad, it also has nothing to do with our true nature, who we really are.

Who we really are, is not contaminated nor determined by the good and bad qualities that we had, have and will have.

But in everyday life social interactions, we are being conditioned to be 'curious' or 'care' to know, or to analyze, or to judge other people by asking questions about their past, present and future. We think we know about other people by analyze their thinking, beliefs and behaviors. And we perceive or label everyone as 'this' and 'that'. We generate like and dislike, agreement and disagreement, craving and aversion, discrimination, prejudice, or fear and worry, or anger and hatred towards other beings based on our mind perception and analysis. But none of these impermanent and conditioned qualities has anything to do with our true nature, who we really are.

Sometimes, we don't really care about what other people did and do, but just to have a social conversation only.

Ask ourselves, how often did we instantly judge somebody as 'good' or 'bad' by having a conversation with them, or by hearing somebody talking about them, or by reading news reports or books about somebody's stories?

When we realize our true nature, we see everyone beyond all the qualities of names and forms that a person had, has, and will have. We see the same nature in all beings beyond all the qualities of names and forms. Beyond all the good and bad, right and wrong thinking, beliefs and behaviors, we all are not different from one another. And thus all sorts of discrimination, prejudice, likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, craving and aversion, fear and worry, anger and hatred, disappear...

Om shanti.

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