Who Am I?

“Who am I” is a question that has become popular today through Ramana Maharishi’s words. Sadhguru looks at the profundity of a question and how we can use it as a tool.
Who Am I?

Q: Some years ago, I saw a film which was a series of conversations between quantum physicists and mystics, which basically explored the question, “Who am I?” I was wondering if you could shed some light on that.

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Sadhguru: You are asking me who you are? It’s all right to walk on the street, point at someone and ask, “Who are you?” But if you go to someone and ask, “Who am I”, that smacks of something else!

This happened in the Cincinnati Airport. A very important looking man rushed into the airport. There was a long line at the check-in counter. This man jumped the line, went straight to the counter and thrust his passport and his ticket. The lady at the counter said, “Sir there is a line, please stand in line.” He said, “No, No. I am in a hurry. I need to go.” She said, “No, please go stand in the line.” Then he said, “Do you know who I am?” She promptly picked up the microphone and said, “There is a man here who doesn’t know who he is. Can somebody help him?”

Nobody can help him because everybody is in the same state. Everybody is existing here without knowing the essential nature of who he or she is. Without knowing the very fundamentals of what this is, we are trying to make a life. That is the whole confusion.

This question “Who am I” is not really an experiment or a mere question of curiosity. This is something that tears you. Till it tears you apart, you will not know what is inside it.

Ramana Maharishi made this question very popular. But you must understand, he told you to ask the question to yourself¸ not to anyone else. It is a question that should be addressed within you, digging deeper into yourself every time you ask it.

“Who am I?” is the most profound question in your life. If you don’t know who you are, do you know anything else for sure? If you do not even know who you are, will you be capable of knowing who someone else or something else is? Once you don’t know who you are, it is one big joke. The only consolation is that the majority of the population is with you.

The first and foremost thing you should do with your life is to know the nature of your existence. If you do not know what the nature of your existence is, you live by accident. Everything is by accident, by assumption and by opinion. There is no reality.

“Who am I?” This question exists, screaming in your body and your mind. If you just remove the surface nonsense, it is screaming within you to know the answer. When you don’t clear the surface chatter of the mind, “Who am I?” is a mere question. If you clear up your surface nonsense, you will see “Who am I” is just the whole thing. Nothing else is there. That is the biggest thing.

“Who am I” is not really an experiment or a mere question of curiosity. This is something that tears you. Till it tears you apart, you will not know what is inside it. When the question screams – not you, the question screams – it will not be directed outside. It will definitely be directed inside. Then, the scream will naturally catch fire and find light. No one can stop it.

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4 years 1 month ago

Who I am has been the subject deliberated in Upanishad period and explained in Vedic literature.I am brahma -Aham brahmasmi is the answer.Ishvar ansha jeev avinashi.I am part of the universal self in this body. I am universal self experiencing through this body.

4 years 1 month ago

Who am I...I as in every single existence am a body discharging the course of karma of pervious life at the same time acumlating the karma for my future lives....I am not the soul as I cannot see my soul if I do see my soul then I am gyani...I am but a common body I come with this body grow with it n end with it....this body defines my existence in this life...my soul continues the journey again...but I end with it.
If I would define n accept the life I got as mine n not others fault or doing, if I go through life of joy n sarow with same presence then my karma for future life would be less....who am I ....I am a body with a ancient soul debiting my raunaubhanda with my fellow lives.
This is true for all.

3 years 9 months ago

Who Am I Such a powerful question to start our journey. I am not my name not the body nor my qualities Who AM I.

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