In our area self-inquiry is a popular word though very few knew what it is.They believe that Ramana Maharshi will
deliver all goods to them including realization but they indulge in self centered activity and their mind is not ready
self-inquiry because they think thought solves all problems and they do not see the urgent need for empty mind to
have insight so that we can proceed to do self-inquiry.They have preconceived ideas about self-inquiry by reading
some books on it. This is dangerous.Intellectual understanding takes us nowhere.In self-inquiry perception itself is
action. Once we perceive fase as false we never land in illusions. But mind must be free and empty of all contents
including beliefs, dogmas, conditioning which is handed down to us by previous generations, then only we know
how to swim in inquiry.
Self-inquiry is not apart from daily life because we have to observe the life of competition, comparison, conformity,
envy, greedy, anxiety, sensual and sexual appetites.The awareness in self-inquiry penetrates all these, otherwise it
no meaning. It pervades our whole existence. For physical survival we may have to do some career but self-inquiry
embraces it also, career is not apart from it. Our awareness must be reflected in the career we do.
Self-inquiry is not a search to get hold of Self.It is not an ambitious, greedy pursuit of pleasure of having Self in
In self-inquiry we follow no authority because as far as psyche and its investigation is concerned there is no place
for authority. Self-inquiry is the real spirit of religion because in self-inquiry we jump from one dimension to
altogether unknown dimension. This jump requires energy. In self-inquiry there is pooling up of energy because
energy that is usually dissipated in trivia is saved in self-inquiry and this energy used for jump into unchartered
We take it for granted that we are awake in waking mode of mind. But we are awake only when there is challange
or stimulation. The momentum of past remembrances is such that it is dictating life in the “present moment” which
amounts to responding from sleeping. We are thinking,talking, acting,from the background of past. So past is
dominating and so putting us to sleep “now” . But if one is aware past will not overflow into the present. Such
happening brings its own discipline which is real spiritual discipline.In self-inquiry there is no conflict because
there is no such thing as control, condemnation, judgement, evaluation.