Kenneth Madden

Self-Enquiry

I googled Self-enquiry and got ‘about 13,000,000 results (0.22seconds)’. If you’re going to go on a journey of self-enquiry, as well as advising to:

1. Get your shots (Many’s the self-enquirer has saved years for a trip only to spend much of it laid up in hospital because they thought “I’ll be grand”, you will until a malaria carrying mosquito dines out on ya).
2. Pack loads of sunscreen (Obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t).
3. Check that your passport won’t run out of date anytime soon (you don’t want to end up stranded in some strange country where you don’t speak the language).

I’d like to send you on your way with some words from Wei Wu Wei:

What do we do?

Pack your bags,
Go to the station without them,
Catch the train,
And leave your self behind,

Quite so: the only practice- and once.

So Bon Voyage and remember if it’s taking more then 0.22 seconds then you’re probably on the wrong track. I’m having fun of course, what I’m trying to say is:
How can an illusionary individual self be dropped by this illusionary individual self enquiring into itself? Self-enquiry simply reinforces the idea that there is a separate self with volition and so the search continues. A search in time for something that is timeless.  Of course what ever happens is appropriate so this is certainly not a message that self-enquiry is bad, it’s simply asking who it is who would do such a thing.

5 Comments

awe said:

How can an illusionary individual self be dropped by this illusionary individual self enquiring into itself? Self-enquiry simply reinforces the idea that there is a separate self with volition and so the search continues. A search in time for something that is timeless.

The same way your self was left while turning into self. It dissolves that way.

6:37 pm March 7, 2009 | Link
Kenneth said:

That is absolutely not the experience here. From this perspective awakening happens (although it’s not a happening) despite practices not because of.

9:25 pm March 7, 2009 | Link
Theresa said:

the moment the mind questions itself, it sees itself for what it is and dissolves. and this mental play happens within a greater awareness, which is the formless consciousness that we are, otherwise it would not be noticed. the dream, the awakening from the dream…. all and nothing happens within that which is eternally.

7:26 am March 16, 2009 | Link
Kenneth said:

Interesting but again I’d ask the question how can an illusion (A separate self or false centre) question itself into dissolution? That’s an endless loop. If that was the case then a simple course of self-enquiry would do the trick.

11:30 am March 16, 2009 | Link
Kenneth said:

Awakening/Liberation is all there is. In it arises the concept and feeling of being a separate individual self. The energetic expansion out of that apparent separate self is DESPITE practices such as Self-Enquiry not because of them. This is eternity and all that apparently arises is totally transient and therefore only apparent. Both real and unreal, nothing and everything. Of course there is nothing wrong with self-enquiry, self development, mediation etc, everything is appropriate. The question being asked here is who is it that would do any of these practices. It’s so simple and open that it remains hidden.

11:41 am March 16, 2009 | Link

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