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Pilgrimage to Self
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by Jinendra Swami

Copyright 1999 Jinendra Swami.

Jinendra Swami welcomes all queries from genuine seekers. His email address is His website is here.


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Are you seeking Enlightenment?
Be Aware   ...   ...
Enlightenment requires no new knowledge 
So, what is there to teach and learn? 
All Knowledge is right there
In the Realm of your Inner World 

Can Life of Enlightenment
   be a Direct Transmission?
Can Initiation, Grace or Silent Way
Be the miraculous 'Grant'
   by our Guru or Master?

Enlightenment is not 'Something'
   that one can 'Attain'  from 'Someone' 
Enlightenment is not 'Something'
   that one can procure like a 'Merchandise'

Some pin their Hopes
   on 'Do-it-yourself ' Systems 
Proposed by Masters, Gurus, Swamis  
   Munis, Sadhus, and Religious Sects
Some propagate Secret, Ancient methods  
   for dissolving or killing the Ego  

Is Liberation possible through Suppression
   Self-denial, and techniques of Meditation?   

If you knew what 'Ahinsa' is 
   at the level of the 'Self '
You will not follow Any Method 
   that results in 'Spiritual Suicide'

Our sages revealed
'Death' is the Beginning of New Life 
But is 'Mental Suicide'  the 'Death' they mean?

Your 'Mind is Stilled' through techniques
And you ignorantly believe to be at 'Mental Peace' 
Not understanding, this Peace is there
Simply because your mind is Anesthetized 
While the Life within is still seeking Silence and Itself

Our sages said
'Death' is the Beginning of New Life 
What is this 'Death'?
This 'Death' is Liberation 
Liberation from our 'Conditioned mind' 
Liberation from our 'Conceptful mind' 
Here the 'old mind'  is dead  
You become the Master of this ' New Mind'  
A 'Conceptless' and 'Unconditioned' mind

Awaken and See
All our Confusion, Conflicts
   and Problems are self-made
By none other but Me -- the 'person' 
So Transformation is possible
For me, By me, Through me only

But why are you so concerned
   with your i -- The 'person'?    
Our sages confirm through their own experience
'The person' doesn't exist without the body
But I the 'Self ' exists for Ever
Why struggle with the 'person'? 
Why change the 'person'?
Why mold the 'person'
   into what you think is right?

Enlightenment is in seeing clearly
The Futility of All Change 
Enlightenment is in seeing
   and discovering the 'Changeless You'

Liberation is not far away on Realizing the Fact
--  The Changeless is achieved not through any Action 
--  No Changeful can ever take you to the Changeless

If you leave the 'person' alone
The person doesn't dissolve
But when the 'person' is Silent
'Samyag-Darshan' -- the 'Right Perception' dawns

Enlightenment is through understanding 
Everything that you are Not 
This understanding brings a 'New Vision' 
A Perception so Sharp, Clearer and more Subtler 
That all perception of the opposites dissolves
Once 'Right Perception' has evolved 
There is neither duality nor non-duality

In this 'New Vision' your attitudes
  are naturally in tune with The Only Reality   
To Act or not to Act happens automatically 
Consequences of your act are now immaterial 
As 'Karmas' do not bind

For Enlightenment
Just know yourself
As Changeless Witness of the Changeful Mind 
That is enough

Enlightenment requires no new knowledge 
Simply, your being convinced 
    of  your Changeless Reality 
Know that this Silent Knowledge
    needs no Memory 

So, what is there to teach and learn?
All Knowledge is right there
In the Realm of your Inner World

Be aware and perceive rightly
Then the words come alive and become meaningful
If not, they are like writings on water 
Soon to disappear into meaninglessness!!

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