THE “I” – VARIOUS APPROACHES
God is the “I” of the universe,
is termed His Endlessness and is not inferior to time.
Time is a perpetual perishing. It is the enemy of God. He has a purpose.
Our hope depends on our ability to discover His purpose
and co-operate with it.
To the one who is unaware of Truth—‘I’ is the person.
To the seeker of Truth—‘I’ is Being.
To the finder of Truth— ‘I’ is the pure Self.
When there is no longer an ‘I’, there is only
When you think or speak about yourself, when you say “I”, what you really refer to is ….(me) and (my) story. This is the “I” of your likes and dislikes, fears and desires….the “I” that is never satisfied for long.
It is a mind-made sense of who you are, conditioned by the past
and seeking to find its fulfillment in the future.
Can you see that this “I” is fleeting, a temporary formation, like a wave pattern on the surface of the water?
Who is it that sees this? Who is it that is aware of the fleetingness of your physical and psychological form?
I Am. This is the deeper “I” that has nothing to do
with past and future.
How can there be two selves in one body?
The “I am” is one.
There is no “higher I-am” and “lower I-am”. All kinds of states
of consciousness are presented to awareness
and become identified with them.
He then added that both the external and the inward self are imaginary:
The obsession with being an “I” needs a second obsession, a “Super I”
to be healed, like one uses a thorn to remove another,
or a poison to remove another poison.
But this is only the first step. The next
is to go beyond both.
How will you go beyond both?
The day when you will become aware that all your different “I’s” cannot be you because they are not real but only passing appearances –
that day you will discover the truth.
Better late than never!
Wu Hsin has the last word:
This “I” has meaning for us on three levels:
the person thinks and feels “I”,
the touch of being-ness is the experience of “I” without thinking,
and the Ultimate is “I”, without experiencing it.
The arising of self consciousness produces a shadow –I seemingly apart from I Itself. This shadow-I is, in fact, the avatar of I Itself.
Gleaning the latter from the former is not difficult. Remove the mass
of beliefs, interests, tastes, pretenses and reactions;
what remains is I Itself.
Well, it can certainly seem difficult, especially at first.
How will you remove the mass of all your beliefs, interests, tastes, pretenses and reactions?
Strive to stop your identification with them.