Maharaj says;

“Once you realise that all comes from within, that the world in which you live has not been projected onto you but by you, your fear come to an end.  Without this realisation you identify yourself with the externals, like the body, mind society, nation, humanity, even God or the Absolute.  But these are all escapes from fear.  It is only when you fully accept your responsibility for the little world that you live and watch the process of its creation, preservation and destruction, that you may be free from your imaginary bondage.

Seeker; Why should I imagine myself so wretched?

M: You do it by habit only.  Change your ways of feeling and thinking, take stock of them and examine them closely.  You are in bondage by inadvertence.  Attention liberates.  You are taking so many things for granted.  Begin to question.  The most obvious things are the most doubtful.  Ask yourself such questions as; ‘Was I really born?” ” Am I really so and so?” “How do I know that I exist?” “Who are my parents?” “Have they created me, or have I created them?” “Must I believe all I am told about myself?” “Who am I, anyhow?” You have put so much energy into building a prison for yourself.  Now spend as much on demolishing it.  In fact, demolition is easy, for the false dissolves when it is discovered.. All hangs on the idea ‘I am’.  Examine it very thoroughly.  It lies at the root of every trouble. It is the sort of skin that separates you from the reality.  The real is both within and without the skin but the skin itself is not real. This ‘I am’ idea was not born with you.  You could have lived very well without it.  It came later due to your self-identification with the body.  It created an illusion of separation where there was none.  It made you a stranger in your own world and made the world alien and inimical.  Without the sense of ‘I am’ life goes on.  There are moments when we are without the sense of ‘I am” at peace and happy. With the return of the ‘I am” trouble starts.”

 

An exert from “I AM THAT”, the chapter is called “Notion of Doership is Bondage.”

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