god, spirituality

Who are you?

How often do we answer this without thinking too much. I am ‘blah’ and I do ‘something’ for work. This is usually how we introduce ourselves. But did we not exist before we were given a name? Are we defined by what we do or how educated we are? Sometimes, we introduce ourselves by our relationships – son/daughter of Mr and Mrs Xyz or father/mother/spouse of abc.

As we grow older, these details change and hence our definition of ourselves changes. So that must not be who we are. How about our thoughts? 🤔That must be us! But do we cease to exist without our thoughts? For example, in the thought-less state of meditation?

As a newborn, before we have a name and everything else, who are we? Or who are we left with if we lose everthing that we use to define ourselves? That probably will happen towards the end of life.

Are we the very life force, the consciousness, the essence of that superpower? Is that the God that everyone keeps talking about? The god that is inherent in all beings? If so, God seems very simple and I wonder what is in the intricately written religious textbooks.

And of course, keep introducing yourself like you do to other people, else they will call you crazy😜, but try to truly answer this question for yourself.


17 thoughts on “Who are you?”

  1. Interesting and evergreen question Jyot and there is no good clear cut answer 😜
    If you recall my post of yesterday: Life is Reality Show … we are playing roles; and in the role : Name, position, relationship etc all are relevant.
    There are different answers at Body, Mind and Spirit level.
    René Descartes has said and usually translated into English as ” I think, therefore I am”. It is a very famous thought
    And I say : “I think, therefore I am not!”
    As long as I think I am away/separate from the soul/Spirit
    And the drop has the essence of the ocean and so do our souls : they have essence of the Spirit. But the drop has to enter the ocean to become the ocean.
    Mind is the KEY Jyot. We need the mind to know God/Spirit and we need to drop the mind to become One.
    And you are absolutely right. We don’t need any big texts to know God. He is Simple. There is nothing He is not.
    There is no way anyone can ever explain God. He can only be experienced.
    You are on the right track. Keep asking the Q and you will get the A 😊🤗

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    1. Wonderful points Ashokji, Thank you. I have read that quote ‘I think, therefore I am’. Love your variation of it. It feels great to be exploring this subject. Don’t know Why is it not part of educational learning.

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      1. Formal Education produces rats Jyot ( at least I know it is true in India😌)
        It is job oriented and they don’t want you to think.
        Let you and me think and explore the awesomeness of our minds and souls. If you understand mind you have understood everything 😇
        All the best Jyot.

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  2. Great post! Its a three-step process for me, figure out who you are, stick to that role for a while, repeat the process. Every step in the process is hard though.

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  3. I believe we spend our life time trying to strip ourselves from the labels we were given during our entire life so we can discover our true self and we often fail, unfortunately
    Too many labels and too many names and too many expectations…
    Great post though 😊 thank you for sharing

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  4. You, I, as in the feeble attempt at ego, are not who we think we are. I am ever changing and navigating through a changing world. I am everything the universe is. I am an infinite portion of participation and also I am an illusion of self. When I’m in touch I can’t escape the fact that I am we, all connected observers experiencing a temporary physical state. This experience, bookended by two unknowns, playing the only game in the universe an infinite being clouded in all knowledge during our natural state could play to enjoy ones existence from time to time —by not knowing. Excellent post. I like!

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