[Advaita-l] WHAT AM "I"
sudhanshu.iitk at gmail.com
Fri Jun 7 02:28:15 EDT 2019
I am something. I am not nothing. And I am not that which I can see, hear,
smell, touch, taste, feel, decide, or identify with. I am not that which I
can think or visualize.
This is a complete description of myself.
Any word of Shruti which appears to describe "I" positively is nothing but
negation alone. "I" cannot be described positively. So words like Satyam,
Jnanam, Anantam etc are not positive but negative description alone. For
eg, I am jnanam. So let us not think that Shruti indicates me as some sort
of "light of awareness" or "consciousness" etc. But She is merely saying
that I am not jada.
Thus, a complete description of I is as follows: I am something. And I am
not that which I can even think about.
On Fri 7 Jun, 2019, 09:55 Belavadi Shankar via Advaita-l, <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Please read Ashtawakra Samhita.
> On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 7:53 AM sreenivasa murthy via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > Dear friends,WHAT AM " I "? This is the question
> > which will be in the mind of
> > a sincere student of Vedanta.The answer for the above vital
> > question is :
> > The uncreated , unborn, light of awareness is what I am.
> > That is the basis substratum, andcontainer of all experiences.
> > Theworld, senses, body, mind, waking, dreaming, sleeping,
> > knowledge, lack of knowledge, consciousness,
> > unconsciousness– whatever can be framed as some
> > kind of experience—these are allappearances in this
> > changeless reality of my being.
> > I am prior to those things and yet Icontain them all.
> > No experience is separate and apart from what I am.
> > UNQUOTE.
> > Is it not the message of the Upanishads?
> > Allof us should cognize this within ourselves by ourselves
> > so that we can be krutArthas.
> > Withrespectful namaskars,SreenivasaMurthy.
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