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Be as you are. See who you are and remain as the Self, free from birth, going, coming and returning. Q: How is one to know the Self? A: Knowing the Self means being the Self. Can you say that you do not know the Self? Though you cannot see your own eyes and though not provided with a mirror to look in, do you deny the existence of your eyes? Similarly, you are aware of the Self even though the Self is not objectified. Or, do you deny your Self because it is not objectified? When you say ‘I cannot know the Self, it means absence in terms of relative knowledge, because you have been so accustomed to relative knowledge that you identify yourself with it.

Aham [‘I’] is known to every one. Brahman abides as aham in every one. Find out the ‘I’. The ‘I’ is already Brahman. You need not think so. Simply find out the ‘I’. e? [neti-neti] mentioned in the sastras? A: After the rise of the ‘I’-thought there is the false identification of the ‘I’ with the body, the senses, the mind, etc. ‘I’ is wrongly associated with them and the true ‘I’ is lost sight of. In order to sift the pure ‘I’ from the contaminated ‘I’, this discarding is mentioned. But it does not mean exactly discarding of the non-Self, it means the finding of the real Self.

In that case, thought will not so easily die. ’, you are told to concentrate within yourself where the ‘I’-thought, the root of all other thoughts, arises. As the Self is not outside but inside you, you are asked to dive within, instead of going without.

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Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi by Edited by David Godman
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