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An Odd Question: Who Are You?

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Not many people have asked me “Who Are You?” but several have and each time, I thought it was one of the most unfitting questions to ask. Luckily I saw their Intent hence, I knew why they were asking the question and with that in mind, I always played with my answer. To a couple of people I just responded by sending them a song: “I am a Song”. Yes, I like that.

I am not Mr. Happy. I am not Canadian. I am not Romanian. I am not Male. I am not even Human. So, how can I answer a human question which goes beyond what is human? I think it is a next to impossible task. That is why in a way, I find the question unfair. It really goes beyond human intelligence and ability of expression to fully answer that question.

When I write an email, or sign a note, I generally end-off with “I”. Then, in parenthesis, next to the “I”, I write a few labels. People like labels. I guess we have to, to a certain extent because we live in a relational world, in this three dimensional perspective. So, we label things and understand them in comparison with others “labels”. We assume many things, make-up theories and many people believe things are a certain way, or another.

I myself Profile; I read people according to the patterns they engage in; it is a hobby of sorts. Thus, I also use labels, patterns, etc. They are useful to a certain degree but I stop short of categorically labelling myself and others. If I label myself, I put myself into a pattern/category and I just simply do not fit into any one, or two, or any other number of categories. I am in constant change and transformation – I break patterns, labels and perception.

I am quite inexplicable in my totality. I suppose I can say I am “God” but that can sound like a serious case of megalomania and I like to stay clear of such patterns. In the Human Body and with just Human Perception we cannot understand and explain everything. We do ourselves disfavours by putting too much effort in trying to explain the inexplicable.

When I say, or write “I”, I have in mind Silence. Just pure Silence and I call it: “the Silence older than Time”. I am before Time, after Time; I am irrespective of Time and next time someone asks me that question I think I’ll answer them with that (“the Silence older than Time”), just to see their reaction.

Maybe it is because we seek simple answers that we are so quick in labelling others, or maybe it is because we are so quick to believe what others say, that we believe in labels. Either way, it does us little good in my opinion. It’s hard to have labels with Beings, when things change so much and so quickly. Labels just are not enough, they are too rigid.

So, let’s just say that we don’t know who we truly are, or at least that we cannot explain what/who we really are. Our language is just not enough to portray/express Spiritual awareness in its totality. I would say that is a more honest way of looking at things and also liberating. Why limit ourselves to Being Human? We’re more than just Humans.

Cheers and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Comments

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 19, 2020:

I am always grateful for your visits, Mr. Saisarannaga! Thank You.

May the Man in Orange (Sathya Sai Baba) always guide You.

Sai Ram.

saisarannaga on November 18, 2020:

I am happy i had your association in hubpages. It is treasure chest of wisdom. It is intended for the materialistic who are never content?

Sairam to you!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 18, 2020:

I absolutely love the video too, Mr. Manatita. It is honestly very difficult to shut it off when it starts playing. I end-up putting-on the one hour version and can't stop chanting lol

Thank You very much for your visit. May the Gods be good to You!

Nirvana Shatakam: Lyrics in Sanskrit and English with meaning.

मनो बुद्ध्यहंकारचित्तानि नाहम्

न च श्रोत्र जिह्वे न च घ्राण नेत्रे

न च व्योम भूमिर् न तेजो न वायु:

चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥१॥

mano buddhi ahankara chittani naaham

na cha shrotravjihve na cha ghraana netre

na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vaayuhu

chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory,

I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes,

I am not space (ether), not the earth, not fire, water or wind,

I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,

The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.

न च प्राण संज्ञो न वै पञ्चवायु:

न वा सप्तधातुर् न वा पञ्चकोश:

न वाक्पाणिपादौ न चोपस्थपायू

चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥२॥

na cha prana sangyo na vai pancha vayuhu

na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshah

na vak pani-padam na chopastha payu

chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

Neither am I the breath, nor the five elements,

Neither am I the matter, nor the 5 sheaths of consciousness

Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet,

I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,

The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.

न मे द्वेष रागौ न मे लोभ मोहौ

मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्य भाव:

न धर्मो न चार्थो न कामो ना मोक्ष:

चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥३॥

na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau

na me vai mado naiva matsarya bhavaha

na dharmo na chartho na kamo na mokshaha

chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion,

I know not pride or jealousy,

I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation,

I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,

The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.

न पुण्यं न पापं न सौख्यं न दु:खम्

न मन्त्रो न तीर्थं न वेदा: न यज्ञा:

अहं भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता

चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥४॥

na punyam na papam na saukhyam na duhkham

na mantro na tirtham na veda na yajnah

aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta

chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain,

I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals,

Neither am I the experienced, nor the experience itself,

I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,

The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.

न मृत्युर् न शंका न मे जातिभेद:

पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्म

न बन्धुर् न मित्रं गुरुर्नैव शिष्य:

चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥५॥

na me mrtyu shanka na mejati bhedaha

pita naiva me naiva mataa na janmaha

na bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyaha

chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I have no fear of death, no caste or creed,

I have no father, no mother, for I was never born,

Neither am I a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student,

I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,

The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.

अहं निर्विकल्पॊ निराकार रूपॊ

विभुत्वाच्च सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम्

न चासंगतं नैव मुक्तिर् न मेय:

चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥६॥

aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo

vibhut vatcha sarvatra sarvendriyanam

na cha sangatham naiva muktir na meyaha

chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness,

I exist everywhere, pervading all senses,

Neither am I attached, neither free nor captive,

I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,

The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.

manatita44 from london on November 18, 2020:

I absolutely love the video, it says it all. What can I say? let the Heart speak. I am a strand on the sitar of the Music that we are.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on April 07, 2020:

I can't hep seeing that it says You are from "Corona, CA". Haha!! Stay safe!

I appreciate your thoughtfull and analytical comment. I appreciate interesting discussions. So, thank You.

I was just thinking that if the caterpillar was stubburn to just be a caterpillar then, it would never turn into a butterfly. Rigid definitions and/or conclusions are terminal. One cannot grow from them. Once we conclude something then, it's over. So, we're back to: it's better to be fluid; able to transform, like Water.

Thank You for the visit. All the best!

Kyler J Falk from California on April 07, 2020:

I always try to stick to the label of human, keeps the ego in check and avoids self-serving mysticism, though I'd sooner call humans Gods than hand that title over to an absent pseudo-being. Though, I am always open to that supposedly existent pseudo-being, one of the many at least, rearing their ugly heads so I can either question or punch them, probably both. This is beside the point, however, and the question is "Who are you?"

The answer to that question is, as you have done, better kept vague as there is no way to answer it objectively. Though I do believe how we answer the question, how we act upon the answer to that question, and the outcome of how we act upon the answer is a great gauge for the self of others. In defining the self by the self, that is a tough one, because ultimately we are selfish and will define ourselves based on our goals whether it be negative, positive, or neutral.

I prefer to play with the answer as you do, but if people want to be severely disappointed anyways they can always go to science. At the end of the day we are a meat bag with bones for infrastructure, being piloted by self-serving chemicals and electrical pulses, and when life is concluded those electrical pulses and chemicals stay within the meat bag until its complete decay. We are the pinnacle of evolution so far, though that will change quickly with upcoming technology, and perhaps we won't even need to die when we learn to transfer those electrical and chemical components to a new vessel.

Even funnier is when you give a great answer such as you did, "the Silence older than Time" and people are still disappointed. They could play with that answer until the cows come home, and never settle on any real answer, though the answer itself could suffice as literal. I chalk that disappointment up to a lack of capacity, which there seems to be a paradoxical abundance of, literally in every facet of life.

This is why religion comes about, and why I avoid it like the plague. I prefer the confusion of flexibility, a lack of knowledge but seeking of it, but then again my own rigidity would see me trying to kill God(s) if they ever showed themselves to the world. Or would I?

Great article, Mr. Happy, thought-provoking.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 03, 2018:

"Well whatever. I don't really need a wife, children, lots of friends, some steady job I'd hate, and ten thousand trendy and planned to be obsolete possessions." - Well, now You can say You have a bunch of things in common with a stubborn socialist. Haha!! I got love for You Amigo!

"English is expanding, always, with all the new things discovered or named" - Many new species discovered get Latin names. Isn't that strange? Latin, my ancestral language is still used. : )

"Often communication just fails. It fails because the sender isn't able to express things in a context the receiver can properly cipher." - Brilliant observation!

Another gem of an observation: " Maybe it is why the ancient wisdom says it is best to be quick to listen and slow to speak."

"Certainly I'm more than some lump of molecules, some ghost of a spirit, and passing through time and space producing things which must be put under the ground somewhere so as to get it the furthest removed from me and us." - Yes, we are more than that. It takes a lot of searching and inner-digging, from my experience to get even partial answers to such issues.

I appreciate your comments - thank You for passing by. Cheers!

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on November 03, 2018:

I've more and more of late referred to myself as not human, but sometimes pretending to be. Being a straight white Christian sort of person in Texas, I've also got at least one foot very firmly planted in a stereotype.

I like the stereotype, by the way, and the reason I sometimes wonder if I'm even supposed to be here as a member of the Human species is that I'm really not able to be half the things implied in the aforementioned stereotype, and some of those are the things most common to humans from wherever they may be.

Well whatever. I don't really need a wife, children, lots of friends, some steady job I'd hate, and ten thousand trendy and planned to be obsolete possessions.

I mean, shit, if I owned a cell phone, I'd have all the people I don't want to talk to asking me to assist them with things I certainly could; and probably none of the persons I do want to talk with.

I'm not multilingual, but I would think English is as good as it gets. At least in the western and super developed world. Mandarin, of course, is the most spoken language.

English is expanding, always, with all the new things discovered or named, and new hip phrases which will either live for a few years and die, or pass into a much longer standing lexicon. And people will forget where the phrase came from, and all the context that birthed it.

But never mind all of that. Supposedly women are much better at expressing themselves. I'm not at all sure that is true. I'm always writing online, trying to communicate. Often communication just fails. It fails because the sender isn't able to express things in a context the receiver can properly cipher. This isn't the fault of the sender. Sometimes the receiver is just young, and thinks mass media defines what is or is not, or how things should be.

Probably this sort of thing is universal. Maybe it is why the ancient wisdom says it is best to be quick to listen and slow to speak.

Being human isn't especially wonderful. You know you aren't really a human when you have to do nasty human things. You have to remove the waste from your body. It's aesthetically disgusting. Is this me? This comes out of me? Certainly I'm more than some lump of molecules, some ghost of a spirit, and passing through time and space producing things which must be put under the ground somewhere so as to get it the furthest removed from me and us.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 03, 2018:

Thank You kindly for passing by Mr. Lee.

Indeed: "Most people are proud of who they are." I am not here on Hubpages to show anyone how proud I am of myself. I have an article posted many years ago, titled: "No Face, No Name, No History".

I explained in that article that I would like people to focus on ideas and not on egos. I enjoy debating ideas and do not wish to entangle too much into very personal issues (unless it is really needed).

"Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

Cheers!

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on November 01, 2018:

I read your piece and I have no idea who you are. You are a mystery my man. Perhaps that is what you want, to be anonymous. Most people are proud of who they are. They have no trouble expressing it.

They can be a profession, a political cause, a part of an ethnic group or just a person with interest in various topics.

All I can say seeing you on HubPages is that you are a writer and have a passion for writing. Therefore, just on that basis, you and I have something in common.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 06, 2017:

"Deep peace" indeed Mrs. Poulsen.

Thank You for your wonderful comment. May Wakan Tanka guide your path.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 06, 2017:

I like your answer, “the Silence older than Time”. To me it tells of a deep peace. :)

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 23, 2016:

Thank You for the read and comment left, Mr. Saisarannaga!

I share the Knowledge I collect and your part of the world has helped me quite a lot. I appreciate it. May we all have access to the wisdom of "sages and saints".

All the very best to You! : )

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 23, 2016:

Greetings Mrs. Theresa,

Thank You very much for passing by. I myself have not done much writing, or reading here on Hub-pages. I think I was boycotting for a while lol

I do wish You will have a great summer and we'll "see" each other again, I am sure. Cheers! : )

saisarannaga from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India. on June 22, 2016:

Today, I read your insightful hub which gave me deep insights on Eternal wisdom of our sages and saints. You are crystal clear. Thank you!

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on June 22, 2016:

A good and challenging read on the second time through. I have been terribly busy at the university and I have missed friends and reading and writing on HP. I hope that all is well with you. Blessings! Theresa

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on June 22, 2016:

That was a fun comment, Mrs. Annabella! Rather beautiful I may add.

Thank You for that - all the best to You and the Winds that shape You! : )

Annabella on June 22, 2016:

When someone asks me who I am:

I am as ever changing as the winds that shape me,

I have been born countless times but nobody truly knows me,

I am a blank canvas yet to be painted upon by the observer,

I am everything, nothing and something yet to be.

I am that I am

yada yada.

Haha!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 31, 2014:

Greetings Mr. Sasarannaga,

Thank You for stopping by and leaving a comment - that was my treat! I am happy You enjoyed the read.

All the best and Happy New Year! : )

saisarannaga from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India. on December 31, 2014:

It is long time,I had been here may be a year or so. Today I happened to go through the mail and I found your hub! I remembered Maharishi Ramana who always remained in silence. If somebody questions, he may or may not answer. The silence itself was so eloquent answer. I felt reading a very insightful hub for a long time! Thank you Mr.Happy for the nice treat!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 30, 2014:

I am happy You were not disappointed, Mr. Jodah and thank You for taking the time to leave a comment.

"What is the meaning of Life" is another tough cookie to chew. We give meaning to Life by Being Aware. That's about as far as I can go with that answer lol

Thanks again for the conversation.

All the best! : )

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2014:

I was drawn in by the title question and was not disappointed. This gives one much food for thought as almost everything is given a label weather it be a person, thing or feeling. Another one of those questions like "What is the meaning of life." Maybe a good answer is "I am what I am"...someone famous said that but I can't remember who...maybe it was God. No one should really be able to label themselves, other people will anyway whether you like it or not however. Happy New Year.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 28, 2014:

Thank You for stopping by and leaving a comment, Mrs. Theresa. Sometimes, I think questions may be more important than the answers.

I wish You a Happy New Year and all the best for the next year - cheers! : )

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on December 24, 2014:

Very interesting and thought-provoking. It is a difficult and perhaps in the ultimate sense an unanswerable question. May you have a blessed and joyous December and New Year.

Theresa

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 22, 2014:

Cheers Spirit Whisperer!

Thank You for the visit and for taking the time to leave a comment. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! : )

Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on December 22, 2014:

The I, I think I am. The I, others think I am. The I, I am! Fabulous hub to start the New Year with the mind focussed on what is important. Thank you Mr Happy and the very best to you and yours. Love from all of us on that little island in the Irish Sea!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 20, 2014:

Thank You Mr. Eric Dierker - I wrote it because I really find the question odd and unanswerable. Each one of us can look within and find the answer - it's just we can't talk about it. It's a great paradox - I myself like it. : )

All the very best.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 20, 2014:

A most illuminating hub with much left to think about. "Who am I" is a question I shall ponder for a while. Thanx

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