- Is it the mind that wants to kill itself ?
The mind cannot kill itself. So your business is to find the real
nature of the mind. Then you will know that there is no mind. When
the Self is sought, the mind is nowhere. Abiding in the Self, one
need not worry about the mind.
- From where does this `I' arise? Seek for
it within; it then vanishes. This is the pursuit of wisdom. When the
mind unceasingly investigates its own nature, it transpires that
there is no such thing as mind. This is the direct path for all. The
mind is merely thoughts. Of all thoughts the thought `I' is the
root. Therefore the mind is only the thought `I'.
- The birth of the `I'-thought is one's own
birth, its death is the person's death. After the `I'-thought has
arisen, the wrong identity with the body arises. Get rid of the
`I'-thought. So long as `I' is alive there is grief. When `I' ceases
to exist there is no grief.
- Seek the source of the mind, and you find
the mind does not exist at all. The mind, turned outwards, results
in thoughts and objects. Turned inwards, it becomes itself the Self.
- The one unalterable reality is being.
Until you realize that state of pure being you should pursue the
enquiry. If once you are established in it there will be no further
- Knowing the Self means being the Self.
- This `I' is only the ego or the
`I'-thought. After the rising up of this `I'-thought, all other
thoughts arise. The `I'-thought is therefore the root-thought. If
the root is pulled out all others are at the same time uprooted.
Therefore seek the root `I', question yourself `Who am I?'. Find out
its source, and then all these other ideas will vanish and the pure
Self will remain.
am I ?' 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
- Association with sages should be made
because thoughts are so persistent. The sage has already overcome
the mind and remains in peace. Being in his proximity helps to bring
about this condition in others, otherwise there is no meaning in
seeking his company. The Guru provides the needed strength for this,
unseen by others.
- Work performed with attachment is a
shackle, whereas work performed with detachment does not affect the
doer. One who works like this is, even while working, in solitude.
- If one knows the truth that all that one
gives to others is giving only to oneself, who indeed will not be a
virtuous person and perform the kind act of giving to others ? Since
everyone is one's own Self, whoever does whatever to whomever is
doing it only to himself.