The original face of human is consciousness which is formless. He is expected to respond spontaneously to the life situation. But we respond according to an idea, dogma, which is reaction rather than response. All faces are borrowed and we have many faces, many personalities. Human is polypsychic, he behaves in one way in office with boss, he behave differently with wife and children and he behave in totally different manner with other relations in society. We develop multiple masks suitable for various life situations. We are not a holistic, integrated human being. To get rid of false masks we wear and to know who “we really are” we have to do self-inquiry. Why we behave in such erratic way? For me self-inquiry is not episodic and not apart from daily life. To me it is an opportunity to learn to look at fragmentary way of life in which we are living at present and which is resulting in conflict and to avoid it we are escaping in many ways and religious entertainment is one of them bit escapes are no the solution for resolving conflict obviously. Many approach self-inquiry with preconceived ideas by reading some book written by a saint but that is not the right approach. We must admit that we do know how to do self-inquiry on our own. Truth is a living thing and so there can be no path to it and we cannot follow footsteps of other. It is not carrying over what others have practiced. Then only we are free to do self-inquiry with free mind without any belief, dogma, then we are free to flow and swim in self-inquiry. Is self-inquiry divorce from daily life, our conduct, daily activity of being greedy, envy, daily imitative, competitive, conforming spirit, daily sensual, intellectual appetites, so self-inquiry divorce from all that or self-inquiry flows from all that, covers all that, includes all that. Otherwise self-inquiry has no meaning. Trying to do self-inquiry for few minutes and doing mischievous things rest of the day is just a self deception. It is not a self imposed thing to arrive at a point. Some people pray out of confusion but it is a finite expression to attain something. Many feel that there is a path to truth and we can arrive easily by doing self-inquiry. But self-inquiry demands total transformation of thinking process through witnessing by a still mind. Many believe truth is a static and fixed state. We can participate in truth but there is nothing like arriving. Through self-inquiry we will come to know how to participate in truth, so question of arriving does not exist. Does self-inquiry covers whole field of life or totally apart from life? or does it embrace whole field of life. If it does not embrace all that self-inquiry has no meaning. It becomes another escape. The perfume of self-inquiry should pervade my activity, and then only our life becomes orderly. Then self-inquiry is of tremendous significance because it brings radical change in thought-feeling and so action.
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