Self-Enquiry in Bhaja Govindam
msuresh at INDIA.TI.COM
Mon Jan 20 01:53:09 CST 1997
The popular form of enquiry into one's true identity leading to the
ultimate, eternal and only reality is "Who am I?" as expounded by
Sri. Ramana Maharishi.
There are variations to this form of enquiry like:
"Am I the body?", "Am I the thoughts?", "Am I the brain?"
"Who is the doubter?" and so on ...
I found self-enquiry of a different nature in verses 8 and 23 of
VERSES 8 & 23 IN BHAJA GOVINDAM
kaate kaantaa kaste putraH
saMsaaro.ayamatiiva vichitraH .
kasya tvaM kaH kuta aayaataH
tattvaM chintaya tadiha bhraataH .. 8..
( Attributed to Shankaracharya )
Who is your wife? Who is your son? Strange is this samsara. Of whom
are you? From where have you come? Brother, ponder over these truths
kastvaM ko.ahaM kuta aayaataH
kaa me jananii ko me taataH .
iti paribhaavaya sarvamasaaram.h
vishvaM tyaktvaa svapna vichaaram.h .. 23..
( Attributed to one of Shankara's 14 disciples )
Who are you? Who am I? From where do I come? Who is my mother, who
is my father? Ponder thus, look at everything as essenceless and
give up the world as an idle dream.
I feel that While the specifics of the questions raised in the above
verses are not important, they serve as examples questioning the
concepts and experiences in worldly life.
Once questioned these concepts and experiences one holds on to as
realities are exposed as being just thought vibrations having no
existence by themselves, thus giving a clue to one's real identity.
The above 2 verses were picked up from the following link where you
can find the whole of "Bhaja Govindam":
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