April 22, 2016 9:34 AM
Yesterday, for the book, I wrote:
I spent about 30 years of my life doing Ramana Maharshi’s “Who am I?” technique all wrong. The query is so simple that it’s hard to believe anyone could do it wrong, but spiritual techniques and theories are so notoriously vague and incomplete that assumptions—usually incorrect assumptions—are by necessity made by students.
Sad but true.
Here is what I was doing wrong by asking myself, “Who am I?” for thirty years…
- I was rationally examining the Me-thing
Am I the past that I remember? No. I experience my past (two things, the memory and I-the experiencer). Who am I?
Am I this body? No. I experience this body (two things, the body and I-the experiencer). Who am I?
30 years of that crap. Wrong, wrong, all wrong. I’d be pissed if I still took my past seriously.
Flipping the diagram from The ‘Me’ Vacuum post, all I was doing was activating the World-Part of my brain by rationally making the Me-story into an external object (a thought in the World-Part of my brain).
What I should have done:
- Activate the Me-Part of my brain by getting in touch with the feel of the Me-thing. The FEEL of Me.
- THEN pull away everything that wasn’t “me” (my past, my story, my body, …).
What this would have done is activated the Me-Part of the brain then emptied its contents which, as I wrote earlier does this:
Bang! The Gateless Gate vanishes, all self-boundaries drop, and enlightenment—the Emptiness/Vastness/one with everything—is experienced.
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