The “inquirer” is the “inquired”

Ego is the common problem of humanity. It leads to disordered mind due to its self centered activity.Life action

in relationship. Once our consciousness is circumscribed by the ego “me” and “thou” starts with its constant friction

conflict, misery, sorrow, anxiety, fear, despair,ambition, greediness, pleasure oriented life, attachments etc.Human

makes so many tricks like going to temple, or Church, Synagogue every week but he indulges in self-centered activity

which is prompted by ego with its disastrous consequences. Relation is not possible between two seeds which are

circumscribed by its covering sheaths. Because life is relation and such relation is spoiled by its circumscription of

past memories, conditioning, tradition such life is erratic from birth to death. Many do certain meditative methods

to have peace of mind without changing the way of life to an orderly manner so that spontaneous meditation is

possible.All methods are activity of ego and such tricks are futile unless we change the way we live radically so that

we will have healthy relationship with fellow human beings, animals, nature. At present we are destroying them in

the name of self centered activity. Some do self-inquiry in the hope of finding the Self. But who is the “inquirer” in

self-inquiry? The “inquirer” is the result of evolution and so time, he represents the past, tradition which brought

so much misery to him so far. Such life situation demands a radical change in our way of life so that we establish a

healthy relationship with our surroundings including establishing healthy relationship with fellow human beings.

We conditioned that cobra is a poisonous snake and to keep off from it but we are not conditioned that indulging

in self centered activity with associated anxiety, ambotion, greediness, violence, anger, stinginess, etc. The

“inquirer” is the result of such self centered acyivity and unable to bear the pain involved in such activity he

opts for some meditative method or self-inquiry in the hope of hinding some mental peace. Misery is due to self

centered activity with its incomplete action and residue of experience which form the ego. So ego formation

is inherent in self centered activity and wrong relationship with fellow human beings is inherent in such activity

leading to enormous misery.So we have to change the activity to spontaneous activity in which no ego smoke

is possible.The “inquirer” is the result of self centered activity, so the “inquirer” is always miserable seeking a way

out of all this mess in life. In self centered activity because there is an eye on fruit of action the “doer”, the “me”.

the “ego”,the “inquirer” is born. Unless we find it for ourselves that “inquirer” and “inquired” are the same

qualitatively we do not make progress in self-inquiry.Not knowing this simple fact results in perennial conflict

because the “inquirer” always tries to manipulate the “inquired” but it naturally gives no results except increase in

conflict. We will come to know this fact when the mind is still.Unless we see the danger of “me”, its activity as a

whole we do not get rid of the “me”, the ego,the “inquirer” which veils the self effulgence and bliss of Self.

Self inquiry means inquiry into the “inquirer” because “inquirer is the inquired”. The inquirer is the result of

evolution and so time, conditioning, tradition. The whole social structure depends on structure of “inquirer” and so

society always encourages structure and contents of “inquirer” because it sustains on it. Society never encourages a

free man because its whole structure will xollapse if his way of life is taken as an example by others. We have to

break that artificial limitation woven by thought over pure consciousness if we want Self actualization which is

infinite in its nature. So contant watchfulness, patience is required so that the fact of “inquirer” is realized in toto

which tells its story to passive awareness and withers once and forever. If we realize that “inquirer” is the

“inquired” we understand that there is no fun of doing self-inquiry with the “inquirer” because there will be

continuous conflict and friction with such activity Let the “inquirer” tells its story in passive awareness of

self-inquiry and wither away.This is real self-inquiry, not the inquirer manipulating the so called “inquired”. This is

possible only when we existentially know that “inquirer” is the “inquired”.
Dr.P.V.S.Suryanarayana Raju


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