The Most Fascinating and Problematic Question In The World.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Apr 8, 2011
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“The inquiry ‘who am I’ turns the mind introvert and makes it calm… When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness.”~ Ramana Maharshi

“We do our best not to give birth to enlightened mind, which is very terrifying and painful. We would have to pass something from us, really give something, and we don’t really want to surrender to that degree… We don’t want to let the product of our work become something outside of us; we don’t want to cut the umbilical cord. The fear is that in giving birth and cutting the umbilical cord, you will become an insignificant person… We don’t want to go through that, in fact, we become resentful about it.

Why? Why on earth? That’s like a mantra. It’s like Ramana Maharshi’s teaching of ‘Who am I?’ If you regard that as a question, then you miss the point. ‘Who am I’ in your practice of meditation should be regarded as a statement. If we regard ‘Who am I’ as a statement, then we begin to open something. Why, why, why. Then you are not starved, but have already become rich.

There are two kinds of approaches. ‘Why’ as a question  is an expression of starvation. ‘Why’ as a statement expresses the mentality of richness.” ~from Orderly Chaos by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“Who am I,” with Alan Watts.

Equally as impressive as Mr. Watts, is Jiddu Krishnamurti’s take on the question. This is a must see video!

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


2 Responses to “The Most Fascinating and Problematic Question In The World.”

  1. Rich Bordoni says:

    I don't understand Trungpa's instruction to ask Who am I? as a statement rather than a question. Anybody know what he means/wants to explain it to me further?

  2. Dace says:

    This reminds me the story of one guru who was journeying. The guru reached the guarded city. The guard stopped him and asked: "Who are you? What are you looking for?What do you want?"

    The guru offered him two time the salary the guard was earning just to come with him in his journeys and ask him these 3 questions every day.