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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 the one same nature of everything, including this body and the thinking mind, of what the mind thinks and identifies as 'I', or what the minds think and believe who or what they are. We ask ourselves (The thinking mind asks itself) "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 the nature of names and forms, of what we, or all and everything 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 doesn't affect or change the nature of this body and mind, of what all kinds of names and forms really are.

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

What we really are, is not being contaminated or determined by the impermanent 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 'caring' to know, or to analyze, or to judge other people by asking questions about their past, present, and future. We think we will know about other people by knowing their background, thinking, beliefs, values, aspirations 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, fear and worry, or anger and hatred towards other beings based on our mind perception and analysis. But none of these impermanent and conditional qualities has anything to do with our true nature, of what we really are.

Sometimes, we don't really care about what other people did and do, but just want 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, articles, or books about somebody's stories and experiences?

When we realize the selfless and impermanent nature of this body and thinking mind, we will see everyone beyond all the different qualities of names and forms that everyone had, have, and will have. We see the one 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, where all and everyone is the same, selfless and impermanent, momentarily existing constantly changing under the law of nature governed by cause and effect. 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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Know thyself. Everything is impermanent and selfless. There is no 'I'. There is no 'I am selfless'/'I am not selfless'. There is no 'I am hurt'/'I need to be healed from hurt'. Non-blind believing, non-blind following, non-blind practicing and non-blind propagating, but be open-minded to inquire the truth of everything. Be free. Be peaceful. Be happy.

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