Advaita Vedanta and "I Am"
Q: Who are you?
A: Simple. "I Am".
Q: What do you mean "I Am", what are you? Are you that body, are you your personality, are you your profession, are you your thoughts, are you your emotions, are you your mental reflections, what are you damnit?
A: Neti neti. I am not those things that you have labelled as "That". All of those are simply an illusion, like water in a mirage. All of those things are constantly changing, your personality changes, your thoughts change, your titles change, your body changes, etc. I am not something that changes and lacks permanence.
Q: Again, then what are you?
A: Again, very simple. "I Am." You cannot find "I Am" lost in the illusory definitions you place after "I Am", which only limits who you really are. For if "I Am" one thing, that may limit my ability to be another thing. However, many of us have found "I Am" by negating everything we believed ourSelves to be. Neti Neti, I am not this, I am not that. I am not this body, which is only a vehicle filled with desires, thoughts, emotions, and experiences, all of which are not me. I am the simple "I Am", a sensation of presence that remains when one is centered within his/herself, a mindfulness practice where one is simply aware. By remaining as simply aware of all that you originally believed yourself to be and the associated experiences, you begin to sense that you are only "aware" and begin to detach from your illusory reality to your real Self, your "I Am" as defined by the ancients as Atman. In other words, you began to be aware that you are awareness. When you sense your Self in correlation to your surroundings in our duality experience, and beyond to infinite awareness, you recognize the simple fact that you exist, as the ancients referred to as Sat. When you realize that you are only pure awareness, that you are a conscious being, you define yourself as consciousness, as the ancients referred to as Chit. When you realize that all limitation is an illusion fabricated by your consciousness and attempt to reach non-awareness, the state of simply not placing awareness anywhere, you will feel infinite bliss as your thought limitations are being subsided in the light of the Divine Essence, as the ancients referred to as Ananda. Hence, you have Sat-Chit-Ananda, the foundation to your True Self, your individual Atman like air in a jar, and our collective Brahman like the air surrounding the jar but still ever pervading the jar itself.
In praise of existence, Sat Nam.
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