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I Am That - Amazing Spiritual Book

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Just came across this book ....so far found it second only to SGGS, very interesting and enlightening read , if you haven't taken a look , please do - its a complement to our regular study of SGGS.

http://home.earthlink.net/~grharmon/I_Am_That.pdf

excerpt -

Q: Yet, I cannot see how can anything come to be without a cause.
M: When I say a thing is without a cause, I mean it can be with-out a particular cause. Your own
mother was needed to give you birth; But you could not have been born without the sun and the
earth. Even these could not have caused your birth without your own desire to be born. It is desire
that gives birth, that gives name and form. The desirable is imagined and wanted and manifests
itself as something tangible or con-ceivable. Thus is created the world in which we live, our personal world. The real world is beyond the mind's ken; we see it through the net of our desires,
divided into pleasure and pain, right and wrong, inner and outer. To see the universe as it is, you
must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do so, for the net is full of holes.
Q: What do you mean by holes? And how to find them?
M: Look at the net and its many contradictions. You do and undo at every step. You want peace,
love, happiness and work hard to create pain, hatred and war. You want longevity and overeat, you
want friendship and exploit. See your net as made of such contradictions and remove them -- your
very seeing them will make them go.
Q: Since my seeing the contradiction makes it go, is there no causal link between my seeing and
its going?
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I have read parts of it, this along with talks with maharishi was first recommended to me by by knowledgeable taksali samparda gyani. It's beautiful. Contents of it is same as puratan samparda literature such as Adhyatam parkash, vichaar sagar, vichaar mala.. But this is good text who doesn't have good grasp of indic languages - punjabi, sadhu, hindi, braj basha etc as it's translated in English and it's very profound doesn't loose itself in translations

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Good book. Just looked at my highlights from this book. His teachings are in line with Ramana Maharishi. Self inquiry and Advait. He does not stress bhakti , simran etc saying that you are already that but does give some very satisfying answers to the phenomenon of consciousness. He keeps insisting that you are not body, mind etc but one of his students ask if your are not body why do you keep smoking. He said his body keeps some habits. Some of his students took up smoking since their guru was smoking.

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Another great excerpt

Q:
But can one step out of the world?
M:
Who was born first, you or the world? As long as you give first place to the world, you are bound
by it; once you realise, beyond all trace of doubt that the world is in you and not you in the world,
you are out of it. Of course your body remains in the world and of the world, but you are not deluded
by it. All scriptures say that before the world was, the Creator was. Who knows the Creator? He alone who was before the Creator, your own real being, the source of all the worlds

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