We usually identify our existence with our position in society, our friends and family, the needs and desires of our body, and the emotional and intellectual expressions of our mind. But we rarely take the time to contemplate the real nature of our existence, to ask the question, “Who am I?”
Our “I am” feeling dictates our thoughts, our memories, our feelings and our actions. And we all have the feeling of existence, “I exist”.
It defines who we are as individuals. It is the identity of our mind with our body and with the world around us.
If we have time and effort to look deeper into our “I exist” feeling, we would find a deeper sense, a deeper “self”. The realization of that experience is not merely “I exist”, but the more profound experience of “I know that I exist”. That “I” or “I know” is the essence of our existence: pure consciousness. And the realization of that consciousness – our inner self – is called self-realization.
Knowingly or unknowingly, we all want to attain self-realization, because only by attaining it, we can attain what we really want at the core of our heart- perfect peace, infinite and eternal happiness – bliss. The method of doing that is called ‘Yoga Sadhana’ and its core technique is meditation.
“Cosmic Consciousness abides in the very sense of existence, in one’s very heart’s desire.”
– Shrii Shrii Anandamurti