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Are you Ego or Self?

January 17, 2004
By Tracey with quotes from Dadashri
Will you not have to investigate who you really are? How long can you go on being in the dark unaware of your Self? Do you not think it is ignorance to not investigate your true identity? Until you realize who you really are, everything proves to be wrong and incorrect.
Indeed...investigating who you are by becoming aware of your true Self bears some scrutiny within light of what we choose to identify with. It is the basis I think, for how we tend to see ourselves, and through what. The issue of attachments highlights this point, as we have been conditioned to identify with who we are, by mere association to the relative people and things we surround ourselves with.
Then, is it not ironic that you have not made inquires about your own Self yet? Who are you? You have no knowledge about your true identity, where you come from and where you are. You know none of these things and even without knowing the answer to this one vital question, who am I? You complicate your life further by actively participating in this relative world. In this state of ignorance you further complicate your life by getting married, having a family, etc, etc. This is how confusion and puzzles arise in the relative world.
Right from the womb we are told who we are. We are given a name and become property of those with whom we call 'family.' Our earthly identity begins to formulize based upon many ambiguous factors through association within our given environments. We begin to assimilate, and yolk/or bond to that which best represents who we think we are at any given moment in time. Hence, the pseudo self gives birth to many forms alien to its true origins by 'acquiring' false ones along the way.

Here is where a real point IS to be made and where many begin the search to find themselves. Why? Because our real Selves do not jive to the world in which WE have created. "by actively participating in this relative world..." we begin to have a sense of 'contrast' from what we inwardly know to what we have been told. The inner voice begins to reason with the higher/authentic Self, and it is here where many begin to feel a sense of "restlessness" that begins to stir and motivate inquiring ones to seek answers to the infamous question...why.
Only when you realize the answer to 'Who am I?' does your wrong belief stop. It is because of this wrong belief; that you have been wandering from one life to another. You do not know your true identity and furthermore you impress upon yourself the belief of that which you are not. You have IMPOSED this wrong belief on your Real Self. Not only this, but you have accepted that 'I am Chandulal' and have behaved accordingly. This false accusation is a blunder. This blunder is the root cause of all suffering. This suffering is in the form of inner restlessness, misery and discontent. At the moment, you have so many worries because of your belief that 'I am Chandulal'. This false imposition on the Self, is ignorance and brings forth suffering.
The evolution of the higher Self does indeed seem to require many lifetimes to realize who it is. It is my strong conviction that what we choose to attach ourselves to, along with the many false beliefs of who we think we are, is what literally stands in our way. And is what ultimately needs to go. Here is where truly an open mind makes willing the way to see more. So rather than hastily reacting to defend the status quo of why one believes the way they do, take the opportunities that come to help free oneself from clinging to earthly attachments by holding one's stuff up to the light for deeper examination, listen to the inner voice, allow the experiences to contrast what one knows to be true, and move towards the higher Truth. Each time one is willing to move forwards by letting go of the deeply conditioned beliefs it has superimposed upon it's Self, more is realized.

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