Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (13) (13) Devotee: When there is activity in regard to works, we are neither the agents of those works nor their enjoyers. The activity is of the three instruments (i.e., the mind, speech, and body).
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (12) (12) Devotee: Is the aforesaid Self-experience possible, even in the state of empirical existence, for the mind which has to perform functions in accordance with its prarabdha (the past karma which has begun to
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (11) (11) Devotee: Is Self-experience possible for the mind, whose nature is constant change? Maharshi: Since sattva-guna (the constituent of prakriti which makes for purity, intelligence, etc.) is the nature of mind, and since the
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (10) (10) Devotee: If the entire universe is of the form of mind, then does it not follow that the universe is an illusion? If that be the case, why is the creation of the
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (9) (9) Devotee: How can it be said that the Heart is no other than Brahman? Maharshi: Although the Self enjoys its experiences in the states of waking, dream, and deep sleep, residing respectively in
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (8) (8) Devotee: Why is it said that only the mind which is the internal organ, shines as the form of all, that is of soul, God and world? Maharshi: As instruments for knowing the
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (7) (7) Devotee: If these four – mind, intellect, memory and egoity – are one and the same, why are separate locations mentioned for them? Maharshi: It is true that the throat is stated to
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (6) (6) Devotee: While there are different modifications of the internal organ, namely manas (reflection), buddhi (intellect), chitta (memory) and ahankara (egoity), how can it be said that the destruction of the mind alone is
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (5) (5) Devotee: Is enquiry only the means for removal of the false belief of selfhood in the gross body, or is it also the means for removal of the false belief of selfhood in
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (4) (4) Devotee: When one enquires into the root of ‘self-conceit’ which is of the form ‘I’, all sorts of different thoughts without number seem to rise; not any separate ‘I’ thought. Maharshi: Whether the
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (3) (3) Devotee: How is one to enquire: “Who am I?” Maharshi: Actions such as ‘going’ and ‘coming’ belong only to the body. And so, when one says “I went, I came”, it amounts
Self-enquiry – Vichara Sangraham (2) (2) Devotee: What is meant by saying that one should enquire into one’s true nature and understand it? Maharshi: Experiences such as, ‘I went; I came; I was; I did’ come naturally to everyone.