Some time ago, I wrote an article on the topic “Who Am I?” It was mainly addressed to the fact that we are spiritual beings rather than physical beings. But as I continue to study this fabulous topic called “Life”, I came to realize that this is actually the Ultimate Question that we all live our entire life to find the answer for. As we start to understand the answer to this Ultimate Question, we find ourselves becoming free from all our sufferings.
This takes me back to one of the most ancient scripts of Vedanta (or Upanishads), which talks about the 5 main causes of sufferings in our life -
Not knowing who you are
Being attached or addicted to the impermanent
Being afraid of impermanence
Being identified by a false self – called EGO
Fear of death
Now, if we think about it, all the 5 causes can be traced back to the first question – Now knowing who we are. So, if we knew who we are – i.e. We are Spiritual beings and we are here to have Physical experience. And since we are Spiritual beings, we have really no boundaries or limitations. We are eternal beings and although we may perish the physical body, we still continue the journey in a different form. Once we understand that, we are then no longer – Attached or addicted to anything, Be afraid of losing anything, or be looking for any identification though EGO and of course, being eternal, there is no fear of death. Thus the Ultimate Question then becomes who we are?
Although to some extent, “We are Spiritual Beings” answers the Ultimate Questions, it is really the experience and self exploration that gives the satisfaction and true understanding of the Question and the Answer. Before we are born, when we are the spirit, we know the answer to this Ultimate Question. Then as we step into this world as a baby, we do not bring this answer along with us into our consciousness. But we make our way to this understanding though the study of work done and recorded in our history. I like the way Esther Hicks calls it as leaving Breadcrumbs along the path so that we come back to this planet earth we keep reading these book and continue to gain this understanding, thus increasing the collective consciousness.
It is just like the movie “50 First Dates”. In the Movie, the character Lucy Whitmore suffers from short-term memory, where she looses all her memory each night about the past day. So each day when she wakes up thinking it is still Oct 13, 2002. Henry Roth comes along and helps her by creating “breadcrumbs” so that she can come to the understanding of the true situation and then live the rest of the day with the new awareness. Relating this to our lives… Aren’t we living the “50 first dates” life with each life on this planet?
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