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Do you hold a mirror before you to know your own being? The awareness is the ‘I’. Realize it and that is the truth. Q: On enquiry into the origin of thoughts there is a perception of ‘I’. But it does not satisfy me. 36 Ramana Maharshi – Be As You Are – by David Godman A: Quite right. The perception of ‘I’ is associated with a form, maybe the body. There should be nothing associated with the pure Self. The Self is the unassociated, pure reality, in whose light the body and the ego shine. On stilling all thoughts the pure consciousness remains.

Q: And so rejection of thoughts is not necessary? A: No. It may be necessary for a time or for some. You fancy that there is no end if one goes on rejecting every thought when it rises. It is not true, there is an end. If you are vigilant and make a stern effort to reject every thought when it rises you will soon find that you are going deeper and deeper into your own inner self. At that level it is not necessary to make an effort to reject thoughts. Q: Then it is possible to be without effort, without strain.

See to whom the trouble is. It is to the ‘I’-thought. Hold it. Then the other thoughts vanish. Q: Yes. How to do it? That is the whole trouble. A: Think ‘I, I’, and hold to that one thought to the exclusion of all others. ’ Affirmation is positive, whereas the other is negation. Moreover, it indicates separateness. A: So long as you seek to know how to realize, this advice is given to find your Self. Your seeking the method denotes your separateness. ’ A: Who affirms? There must be one to do it.

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