Enlightenment - What am I and What Am I Not?
Do we have any existence beyond this body?
Apart from this body and social identity, do we have any other forms? If yes, what are they and what are not?
Can we experience that unknown form?
Is there any way of living by following that we can enjoy life fearlessly without worries and suffering?
For those who are suffering from the above types of questions, the case presented is being published.
To know who we are, it is very important to understand who we are not.
Human life is the combined experience of more than one personality. All these personalities are known as follows: -
| Intellect | One who makes decision using facts and reasoning. |
| Mind | One who makes decision to fulfill desires or pleasures. |
The intellect and mind are an integral part of our physical body, being the virtual form of our brain.
Every day in life, we make many different kinds of decisions. All these decisions are influenced by some personality. Just as the mind decides to eat anything, the body decides the experience of heat or shyness and the intellect decides the advantages or disadvantages. Through the above table we can easily identify our personality in decision making.
A person can experience these personalities differently using the following tactics :-
- Review your today's activities to identify decisions made by the body. List them out in a notebook with date and decision makers identity (body in this case).
- Review your today's activities to identify decisions made by the mind. List them out in a notebook with date and decision makers identity (mind in this case).
- Review your today's activities to identify decisions made by the intellect. List them out in a notebook with date and decision makers identity (intellect in this case).
Repeat steps 1 to 3, for next 7 days continuously, multiple times in a day (afternoon, evening or night).
From 8th day, before making any decision pause for a second to identify the actual decision maker personality. Here, we just need to identify the decision maker, without capturing them into notebook. Repeat this practice for next 22 days. Continue this practice for longer duration if you are unable to identify the actual decision maker in 5 seconds.
Irrespective of the outcomes, do this exercises for atleast 30 days.
Through this practice you will become witness to the decisions taken by your mind, body and intellect. However, you will also experience some decisions in which you will see the influence of all the three personalities clearly. Conversely, the influence of any personality will not be evident in some of the judgments. During the next new practice, we will clearly understand these deepening experiences.
...remaining in next part.
P.S. When you understand that you are not a mind, body or intellect, your existence is much more than that. Then you find yourself on the path of self-discovery. The real experience of the infinitely blissful conscious nature beyond the limits of our body, mind and intellect is called enlightenment.