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 Monday 15 September 2014

AM I THE I?

Swami Sivananda

You can control the mind and the thoughts - the controller is different from the controlled - mind. It is as much your property. It is outside of you, as your limbs etc., or dress, or chair, etc. In sleep there is no mind - yet you wake up with a feeling of continuity of consciousness. There is no mind in delirium or coma - yet I remains. Mind is a bundle of thoughts, and all thoughts are centred around the false egoistic little I. The root thought of all these thoughts is the I, that is full of vanities. Talking of myself, I always speak of I. The sheaths in which I am happy, old, black, a sanyasi (monk), etc., are incidents in the continuity of the I. They are ever changing and varying, but the I remains the same - unchanging amid the changing.


Freedom does not mean doing whatever one likes. Freedom is that state of consciousness that does things in the light of the harmony that it has to maintain between the subject and the object. Otherwise, it could not be freedom.

- Swami Krishnananda


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