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Spiritual Importance of 'I'


Who am I ?

Meaning of "Who am I ?"

"I" is the most popular word, which is the synonym of the Sanskrit word 'Aham', which means itself or myself. This word is used by every human being in the world. 'I' means being comfortable in the same way Is also pervasive, just as God. Just as the universal availability of vital air is widespread, just as 'I' is widespread even in spontaneous circulation. Every person believes in himself in various forms, knows it, and his It presents itself on the basis of recognition. This recognition is exactly the same for which Goswami Tulsidasji in Ramcharit Manas says-

"jaakee rahee bhaavana jaisee . prabhu moorat dekhee tin‍ha taisee"

That is, the way a person has feelings or thoughts, he sees, knows or believes in God accordingly.

A person believes and knows himself according to his belief, his ideological position. Where to consider oneself is called behavior, then it is spiritual to know oneself.

Different recognition of 'I'-

People experience different beliefs in relation to 'I'. Summary of these values, it is mainly clear three assumptions-
1. Say 'I' for body
2. Say 'I' to an organism
3. Say 'I' to soul

Say 'I' for body-

According to this belief, 'I say' for the body ', people consider themselves as bodies and introduce themselves as one body. When someone says - "I am so and so", then he is introducing his body. After all, the naming of a person is the naming of a body. The introduction of that body is in the form of a name. Based on this, people get to know each other. People give themselves as one body and say, "I am so and so, my father so and so, I live in such and such a village, or city." He also says that this is my body. And then he calls various parts of his body like himself - my hand, my foot, my eyes etc. After this, from these organs, the object eligible is called my home, my family, etc. This brings pride in him and he says - "I am so and so." "Who am I, you don't know?" I am rich, I am strong, etc. 'I say' for the body" is a sign of pride. For this reason, the supporters of this faith are also atheists.

People with this recognition would have their lives only and only for the body. Their main purpose is to satisfy their body. He surrenders his body for his supply of money, lust and desire. All of this is possible only through material resources, so the accumulation of material things is their main tendency, hence they are also called materialists. The physical itself is called the world, prapancha, samsara etc., so they are also called worldly. This tendency is usually found in most people, hence it is a practical representation of 'I'.

Say 'I' to an organism-

For an organism - 'I' is used when a person considers himself to be an organism by not considering himself as only one body. Where the body of a human being is a macro body, whereas a living being is the micro body of a human being. The macro body of a human being remains alive as long as the micro body exists in the body. The existence of the gross body is destroyed when the organism is not there, but the existence of the subtle body is not destroyed. That is why people of this belief believe in reincarnation. It is believed by them that even after death, people get the result of the work done in life. Relatively, the recognition of heaven and hell is pending. Such people consider the body to be destroyed and the creature as eternal.

Those who accept an organism as 'I' accept that -

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“kshiti jal paavak gangan sameera . panch rachit yah adham shareera

That is, our body is made up of elements consisting of soil, water, fire, sky and air five elements, which are mortal. The gross body is a structure of blood-marrow, skin-bone, in which stool-urine is present, due to which the gross body is inferior. Then people of this recognition accept that-

‘eesh‍var ansh jeev avinaashee . chetan amal sukh raashee.’

That is, this living being is part of the God who is indestructible, conscious and easy to give happiness. Such people also have a deep faith in this recognition. That is why these people are orthodox. They belief in the realizing or formless form of God. But these people are not atheists.

Say 'I' to soul-

The 'I' is used for the soul when man considers himself a separate soul from a body and an organism. Some great men accept 'I' as an independent power . Such great men represent that "I" as Brahma, the divine power, for which it is said-

“v‍yaapak v‍yaap‍ya akhand ananta . anubhavagam‍ya bhajahin jehi santa”

That is, God in the form of 'I' soul is wide, vast, unbroken and infinite, it can be known from experience. The great men are engaged in the enterprise of knowing this. This 'I', which is known as Brahma, is unbroken, infinite, and comprehensive. How to experience this 'I' as an independent force inside the body

To know oneself, to recognize oneself is spiritual. Who am i really
Am i a body Or am i something else? Understanding himself and knowing himself are two different things. Himself be considered to be something at the behest of someone, but himself cannot be known at the behest of someone. only be known himself by himself efforts. In the history of Indian thought, there were innumerable great men who knew themselves and helped themselves to know others. Observing oneself, identifying oneself, knowing oneself is spiritual.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Ramesh kumar Chauhan

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