I acknowledge this graphic from the Net.


Who am I when my desires lack wisdom

Ponder while absorbed in your Self

Reaching Shiva state


In this 72nd verse and dharana of Vigyana Bhairava Tantra, Shiva asks us to ponder on Who Am I.


Bit of a Deja Vu here. I do not look at the next verse when blog on one. In the last three verses,

unknowingly I am moving on to the content of the next Shiva technique, while transmitting the meaning of

a particular verse. I guess this is  some kind of mindlessness at work.


Bhagavan Ramana’s only guidance to all who came to him was to enquire within ‘Who Am I?. Nothing else is needed,

he would say. Once we realize that we are not merely this body and mind, what remains is what we are. The body perishes,

and so does the mind with it.  Yet, something lives on, even if we do not comprehend that in our mind body state.


Spiritual gymnastics are not needed for this realization. No great scriptural knowledge is needed. Not even a guru, much as

pretenders would tell you otherwise, quoting selectively from their scripted scriptures. Great masters such as Ramana,

Nisargadatta, and J Krishnamurthy never encouraged disciples, stating they were not gurus. They were the true masters

who discovered who they were.


A ten-day Vipassana course can take us close to this discovery. All we need is to create the mind body awareness and go beyond both

to discover the energy within. We need to go beyond the dharana and dhyana, the focus and meditation states of ashtanga yoga to reach

the disengaged state of samadhi. In this pure witnessing state, that of the Fourth State of Turiya, mindlessness leads to Self Awareness.

We discover who we are. We discover that we are more than mind and body. We discover we are the same energy of Existence whence we



All the great sayings, the Maha Vakyas, of the Upanishads reflect this. The seers who wrote the Upanishads realized this truth several thousand

years ago and said ‘I am That’. Shankara propounded his advaita concept confirming oneness with the absolute Truth of Brahman and

called it purna, the fulfilled state. This state of purna is the same as Buddha’s sunya, the void. One refers to the fulfilling energy and the other the

absence of mind body relevance. When purna meets sunya, we know who we are.


At this state of mindlessness, we disengage from mind body modifications, and tantra meets yoga.