Real I False I
Mr. Ramamurthi: How to know the ‘Real I’ as distinct from the ‘false I’?
M.: Is there anyone who is not aware of himself? Each one knows, but yet does not know, the Self. A strange paradox.
The Master added later, “If the enquiry is made whether mind exists, it will be found that mind does not exist. That is control of mind. Otherwise, if the mind is taken to exist and one seeks to control it, it amounts to mind controlling the mind, just like a thief turning out to be a policeman to catch the thief, i.e., himself. Mind persists in that way alone, but eludes itself.”
Talks With Ramana Maharshi
28th March, 1935 – Talk 43.