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I AM THAT – The power of self inquiry

November 15, 2014

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10409259_524160067687363_7499742432611902814_nThe path to finding yourself, finding what life represents and what we truly are is different for everyone. Some try to find the answer in scientific researches, others try to find it through various experiences in life, and some ask for guidance from a guru. But as the great Sri Ramana Maharishi once said, all these paths will lead people to the same goal, the awakening, enlightenment and understanding.

The legacy of this great man and all that he learned started when he was a young boy of 16. This is when he started thinking about life, death and existence. A strong powerful strength of thought guided him and led him to continue the self-inquiry and dedicate his life to meditation and pursuit of the question: “Who Am I?”

He was born in Tamil Nadu, the second of four children and was remembered as a very gifted young boy. He was popular between his peers and good at sports. However his “sudden awakening” changed the path of his life. After hearing about Arunchala hill from his uncle he decided to go there and he spent his entire life in self inquiry in this spiritual centre. At the beginning of his spiritual journey he was very silent, but as he grew older he started sharing his thoughts with his disciples. He taught them about happiness, the mind, the body, life and death. He believed in the unity and immortality of spirit.


The power of Arunachala, the holy Siva Mountain where he resided for most of his life is a place of legend. According to Hindu belief this is where a dispute between the Gods Brahma and Vishnu took place. The symbolic fight between the ego represented by Brahma and the intellect represented by Vishnu was settled by Siva which symbolizes the spirit. Siva appeared between them in the form of Arunchala hill and told them that whoever would reach the top or the bottom of the hill first will prove he is greater than the other. The ego (Brahma) tries to pull a trick and pretends that it was first to arrive to the top of the hill in the form of a swan. The intellect (Vishnu) who took the form of a boar got lost in meditation.


Although the intellect thought it had lost the battle with the ego in the end the intellect was the true victor and the ego’s (Brahma’s) trick was exposed. This fight and this path is something everyone faces in the process of self inquiry. For Sri Ramana Maharishi and many others Arunchala hill helped them find their way through silent initiation.

This is why Qi Yo Multiversal Yoga leads a spiritual pilgrimage to Arunachala every year. Agung and Ariadne lead people on a walking meditation and spiritual discovery to the caves of Arunachala and the vibrating ashram halls of Sri Ramana Maharishi ashram. This is part of the Multiversal Education Program which teaches about the culture of the people living in this area and provides a better understanding of consciousness, the mind, happiness and existence. Sri Ramana Maharishi believed there is all inclusive awareness, and it can be reached through waking dream and sleep, meditation and yoga. It is a path toward jnana – complete liberation.

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