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Who am I?

From The 11 Karmic Spaces, Page 200

Meditation: Who am I?

When giving up even the smallest attachment, you are giving up a small piece of illusion.
Socrates said, “Know thyself.”  Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you.”
Ramana Maharshi used the same thought, based on the Vedas, as the core of his teaching. He taught us to ask again and again the great question, “Who am I?”

Sit quietly and ask yourself that simple question, over and over.
Who am I? When you begin this practice, your ego mind will offer you a whole list. I am a mother: I am a spiritual seeker, or even I am depressed and lonely. Do not accept these labels.

Recognize them as what they are: a list of our attachments.
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When Ramana Maharshi came to me and asked me to say “Who am I?” repeatedly for many months, I could feel who I was not slipping away slowly.
When labels came to mind, after a while I knew that the labels were the ego’s message to the mind to fall under the ego’s spell.

The accumulated intelligence that comes with growing and accelerating eventually produces within you an enormous amount of spiritual growth, so much so that the higher mind comes into play.
Tensions begin to leave, allowing one to relax in the beauty of spiritual growth.
“Who am I?” are such a powerful three words that one cannot help but grow.
Intelligence walks hand in hand with the heart that begins to open.

Self-knowing allows Kundalini energy to rise straight up the spine, into the top of the head and out into the Universe.
The more deeply we obtain openness and oneness with this higher energy, the more it will lift us up spiritually – and the closer it will bring us to realization of our oneness.

I love you all, and I love the path that I too followed as I followed my Baba into that space of Formless.

Namaste,
Ma Jaya
Kashi Ashram

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