Self Enquiry


The Diamond in Your Pocket ~ By Gangaji

Gangaji grants everyone an easy, captivating message: “stop all movement of your mind away from the truth so that you can discover directly, for yourself, this jewel that is alive within you”. “In a little instant”, “and without a single asana!”, “any of us can wake up to who we truly are. Gangaji challenges us to just stop. Stop searching, stop thinking, be still, just be”, “go deeper into the silence of our own hearts and be still in that pure presence. Euphoria.”

Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi

Arranging thoughts in the order of value, the `I’-thought is the all-important thought. Personality-idea or thought is also the root or the stem of all other thoughts, since each idea or thought arises only as someone’s thought and is not known to exist independently of the ego. The ego therefore exhibits thought activity.

The second and the third persons [he, you, that, etc.] do not appear except to the first person [I]. Therefore they arise only after the first person appears, so all the three persons seem to rise and sink together.

Trace, then, the ultimate cause of `I’ or personality. From where does this `I’ arise? Seek for it within; it then vanishes. This is the pursuit of wisdom. When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that there is no such thing as mind. This is the direct path for all. The mind is merely thoughts. Of all thoughts the thought `I’ is the root. Therefore the mind is only the thought `I’. The birth of the `I’-thought is one’s own birth, its death is the person’s death. After the `I’-thought has arisen, the wrong identity with the body arises. Get rid of the `I’-thought. So long as `I’ is alive there is grief. When `I’ ceases to exist there is no grief.

Happiness ~ Rupert Spira

“Happiness is simply to allow everything to be exactly as it is from moment to moment.” – Rupert Spira

Self Knowing ~ Rupert Spira

“And this ‘knowing’ is our self, aware presence. In other words, all that is ever experienced is our self knowing itself, awareness aware of awareness.” – Rupert Spira

Suffering ~ Gangaji

“We have tried everything to get rid of suffering. We have gone everywhere to get rid of suffering. We have bought everything to get rid of it. We have ingested everything to get rid of it. Finally, when one has tried enough, there arises the possibility of spiritual maturity with the willingness to stop the futile attempt to get rid of it and, instead, to actually experience suffering. In that momentous instant, there is the realization of that which is beyond suffering, of that which is untouched by suffering. There is the realization of who one truly is.” ― Gangaji

Silence of your being ~ Gangaji

“Trust yourself. At the root, at the core, there is pure sanity, pure openness. Don’t trust what you have been taught, what you think, what you believe, what you hope. Deeper than that, trust the silence of your being.” – Gangaji

Natural Man ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

“To be yourself requires extraordinary intelligence. You are blessed with that intelligence; nobody need give it to you; nobody can take it away from you. He who lets that express itself in its own way is a “Natural Man”.”
― U.G. Krishnamurti

Fear of losing ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

“The fact is that we don’t want to be free. What is responsible for our problems is the fear of losing what we have and what we know.”
― U.G. Krishnamurti

Problem ~ U. G. Krishnamurti

“The plain fact is that if you don’t have a problem, you create one. If you don’t have a problem you don’t feel that you are living.”
― U. G. Krishnamurti

The final truth ~ Ramana Maharshi

There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth. – Ramana Maharshi

Mooji ~ The Man and His Teachings

Mooji’s teachings are spiritual food that is neither esoteric nor hard to understand. Meeting attendees come one after the other in front of a large crowd and put personal questions to Mooji, which he answers.

Mooji’s Satsangs are also described as being “a five-hour spiritual question and answer session”. In such sessions, devotees can ask questions related to spiritual contentment.

Papaji ~ Be as you Are

Papaji taught through silence. His teaching laid bare the fact that words can only lead an individual to the ultimate truth, but they never are the ultimate truth. Intellectual understanding without realizing the truth through one’s own efforts is not enough. Like his Guru Ramana, he also taught that teaching through silence was more effective than teaching through words.

Self Discovery ~ Mooji

“Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.”
― Mooji

Discover yourself as awareness ~ Mooji

“If you take yourself to be the body and mind only, you will die! When you discover yourself as awareness, the fear of death will not trouble you any longer.”
― Mooji

Detach yourself ~ Papaji

“Detach yourself from those things, which are not permanent, and rest in that which is always permanent.” – Papaji

Inner peace ~ Papaji

“If there is peace in your mind you will find peace with everybody. If your mind is agitated, you will find agitation everywhere. So first find peace within and you will see this inner peace reflected everywhere else. You are this peace!”
– Papaji

Self is beyond ~ Ramana Maharshi

“The absence of thought does not mean a blank. there must be one to know the blank. knowledge and ignorance are of the mind; they are born of duality. but the self is beyond knowledge and ignorance. it is light itself.”
– Ramana Maharshi

Nisargadatta Maharaj ~ I am That

Following his guru’s instructions to concentrate on the feeling “I am”, Nisargadatta used all his spare time looking at himself in silence and maintaining that state for the coming years.

Self Inquiry Meditation ~ Atma Vichara ~ Who am I? An Introduction

Self-Inquiry Meditation is also called as Jnana vichara in Sanskrit. It is also spelled as Self-Inquiry Meditation. As recommended by Ramana Maharshi, It is a continual observation of the internal consciousness of the “I” or “I am”. This is the most efficient and straightforward way of discovering the phantasm of the “I”-thought.

Ramana Maharshi ~ The Sage of Arunachala

The Upadesa given by Ramana Maharshi was secret in a sense. Although questions were asked to him and he answered them in public. his guidance to each of his disciples was direct and adapted to the latter’s character. He believed that the spiritual instructions must be provided to the people to uplift them.