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A: 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. ] 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.

We should not give scope to other thoughts, such as you mention, but must keep the attention fixed on finding out the source of the ‘I’-thought by asking, as each thought arises, to whom the thought arises. ’ so as to make a mantra of it? A: No. ’ is not a mantra. It means that you must find out where in you arises the ‘I’- thought which is the source of all other thoughts. Q: Shall I meditate on ‘I am Brahman’ [aham Brahmasmi]? 43 Ramana Maharshi – Be As You Are – by David Godman A: The text is not meant for thinking ‘I am Brahman’.

When going after other things that are alien to us is so easy, how can it be difficult for one to go to one’s own Self? ’ There is no beginning and no end. You are yourself in the beginning and the end. If you are here and the Self somewhere else, and you have to reach that Self, you may be told how to start, how to travel and then how to reach. Suppose you who are now in Ramanasramam ask, ‘I want to go to Ramanasramam. ’, what is one to say? A man’s search for the Self is like that. He is always the Self and nothing else.

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