Friday, January 6, 2012

Who Are We?

Swami Mukundananda revealing the secret - Who are we ?
When we ask the question, “Who am I,” we begin our quest for spiritual knowledge. This is the first step. The inscription on the temple of Apollo at Delphi says Knothi Seuton, or “Know Thyself ”. It is said that once Socrates was pondering over philosophic truths and walking absentmindedly on the street, when he bumped into someone. Annoyed, the man asked, “Can you not see where you are walking? Who are you?” Socrates replied nonchalantly, “My dear friend, I have been pondering over that question for the last forty years, and have still not found the answer. If you have any tips to offer, do let me know.”

The Bhagavad Geeta says in this regard:
kṣhetrakṣhetragyayorgyānaṁ (Bhagavad Geeta 13.3)
“To understand the difference between the body and the knower of the body is wisdom.”

The body is not you; it is like a house in which you reside, or like clothes that you wear. You are the eternal soul seated within it. The body is made from matter, and hence it is perishable, but you, the soul, are Divine, and hence immortal.

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