Re: What am I?
Aug 13, 2006 11:46 PM
In a message dated 8/12/06 6:59:41 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Can a theosophist ever really know? Or does the ever expanding Truth
> continually recede proportionately? Don’t The Teachings often refer to “The
> Unknowable”?) There is intellectual speculation, and then there is Knowledge,
> AKA “Direct Cognition” – that’s about the best we can do corporeally, wouldn’
> t you say?
Not too sure about that, Rad. I didn't say all theosophists know -- but I
think some enlightened ones have already satisfied themselves that they do --
since that is what the continued meditation on the question described in the
online paper, as well as Patanjali's yoga aphorisms consider is the ultimate
Therefore, the "I am" that we each are, isn't necessarily unknowable -- as
the teachings refer only to the "absolute" source behind that individual self
that is unknowable. Since we are that "I am" self consciousness, there's no
reason why we cannot know ourselves right up to answering the question of "what
am I?" Buddha -- when asked "Who are You? -- said, "I am a man that is
awake" -- which seems to be a pretty good answer. The writer of the web site
says he finally realized that he is the one that that is asking the question, and
ultimately, he is the experiencer. Isn't the whole purpose of such
meditation, "self realization?"
As or myself, I answered that question by direct experience in the deepest
meditative trance state I could achieve (e.g., while thinking of nothing else
but that "empty" point that, in itself, could be "nothing" but my higher self
looking from the inside out at me, while I was looking inward at it).
After going through all the obvious answers and discarding them -- I
ultimately experienced, by direct attraction to ("affinity with") that center of
consciousness, the realization that I couldn't be anything else but the zero-point
of my own individual consciousness radiated from the Primal zero-point source
of all conscious beings from the moment of the "big bang" -- much like the
single photons radiated outward in all directions from the spherical point of
light of a carbon arc... That is, in essence, the overall, equally empty Cosmic
or God consciousness... Who said to Moses (in his own mind), "I am that I am."
What more proof does anyone need than such a subjective transcendental
experience -- which some call an "epiphany," and others call, "enlightenment?"
So, now I know what I am and who I am, and can never get rid of that direct
experiential knowledge. All the rest of what I am corporeally, is nothing
more than ephemeral and temporary meat with a lot of built in instincts and
learned physical feats like riding a bicycle, swimming, and other practical things,
such as acquired book knowledge -- most of which is no longer needed... Plus
a mind full of ideas, memories of this life, and much trivial nonsense. :-)
Therefore, If you follow the steps of meditation pointed out on the
http://what-am-i.net/ web site, or by Patanjali, you too will be eventually be
attracted, experientially, to your own higher self, and also will know.
Speaking of "attraction," you might get a kick out of this from a
technological POV. Maybe someday, robots might find out what or who they are this way.
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