At some point in every meditator’s practice the question comes up, “Who am I?” While the answer to the question for some will sound somewhat like a resume, when it comes to the intent of the question, a good job isn’t going to get you any closer to answering it than someone who doesn’t have one.
More often than not, we as human beings tend to identify with our race, gender, sexuality, social status, and 1,000 various other “minor” details more than anything else. That said, it is only through mind and body centering practices like meditation that we can get a glimpse at the question’s deeper answer.
In this Swamij article, Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati offers a simple and quick meditation for self realization. Take a look at it and see if you can get any closer to answering the question, “Who Am I?”
We say “I am a man or woman, I am a daughter, son, father, mother, sister or brother, I am from this or that country, I am the doer of this or that action, I am good or bad, I am happy or sad, I am a seeker, I am spiritual, I am a lover of God.”
We speak of “my home, my family, my friends, my enemies, my job, my stuff, my strengths, my weaknesses, my thoughts, my emotions, my problems, my joy, my karma, my past, my future, my spiritual path, even of my God.”
- What is this I and my who claims to be and own such things?
- Are these things, claims, and identities who I really am?
- What are all these things, these objects, this world?
- What is the stuff of which they are made?
- And from where do all these many things arise?
- Who am I, really? Who am I?
Read more about self realization and meditation here.