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Who am I? – 3

The other day when we were talking about “Who am I?”, someone sent me this. The beauty of the picture and that of its creator struck me.

A question mark bowing down to ‘I’.

Awesome. Beautiful. Creative.

It wholly explains the openness of Vedic literature in a simple yet lucid manner. Vedas have always given an impetus to asking questions. “Veda” itself means “to know“. This is has been and should be the underlying principle of development of the Human, His soul and the entire Human race.

The questions:

Who am I?

Where have I come from?

What do I have to do?

Why am I chosen to play my part?

How do I do it?

need to be asked by one and all. Everyone might find a different answer to these questions. But the end result is the salvation of the soul from this circle of life and death.

The quest is the road from life to death to life, till the soul finds it’s rightful place. The day when the soul gets to sit in the lap of God, as “Dhruv” has found it. As many others have found it.

Some go to the extent of saying that stick to a thought and live your life with it and accordingly and you will find your salvation. Though I am no one to disagree with these Great souls, I feel that it is not possible. Say for example Mahatma Gandhi. By sticking to the lone principle of Ahimsa, he might have earned the title of a Mahatma, but if someone tells me that his soul was liberated due to this, is what I am not ready to believe. (Pls try to understand what I want to say and do not argue or counter argue on the example given. It can be anyone else.) I just want to convey that the development has to be whole, entire, complete.

Coming back to the quest, what I am fascinated by is the last question “How do I do it?”. There is no particular answer to this question. It will be varied. A “few” may find their own way to do it. They are the ones who have come, or rather, been sent to Mother Earth out of Law of Universal Necessity. The “many” need to follow them, do what they do and say what they say. Again accepting the master or a teacher is a human choice.

This is where I loved the picture, as for common people like me or rather us, we all need to bow down to these great people of wisdom.

Bowing down is to find the answers to our questions.

Bowing down is to signify the acceptance of their being a step ahead of us in the quest of develooment.

Bowing down means ” समर्पण”. I offer myself and my life to you and please guide me.

Bowing down means having full faith in the person we bow down to, after testing and questioning and reasoning every word the person has said.

Bowing down means merging our life into his and walk onto his path.

And then,

Here the questions rest.

Here the quest for development not only through thought but action begins.

Here we tread on the path to become an enlightened researcher.

As Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta propounds “बुधा भावसमन्विताः।” (Chapter 10 Verse 8) (a combination of Intellect and Emotions), this can be the only way to find the answers to our questions.

So my readers, let us begin this journey and be blessed by the right teachers who show us the path on which we need to tread on.

तत् त्वम् असि” (Tat Twam Asi)

चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहं शिवोऽहम् ।


Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

26 thoughts on “Who am I? – 3

  1. hats off to the way you linked the pic to veda.. a thought provoking analogy. yes, as you mentioned, we need to find that right teachers and sometimes, when the search goes in vain i feel like, the self would be the ultimate teacher.

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  2. This one is also amazing post, amazing picture.. Bowing down lines, very beautifully written..”बुधा भावसम्नित्वम” I loved this last paragraph very much…this is very great thing to implement in our actions🙏🙏👌👌👌👌

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  3. haha I see you changed your theme. Good, but you need to brush it. There are open widgets having no content.

    Epic-pic! I too like the art in it. A symbol of wisdom it is!

    I am reminded of teachings of Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharshi at this juncture. I don’t know if you know of him or not, but he was one of that rare gurus who kindled this key of “I AM” by mere glance. If you like this line of thought, as in this post, you will love his teachings. Look them up.

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      1. Oh you know. Great!! No need to empty. Just like putting small alum in a muddy water, sediments all dirt and cleans the water for use, so do our alum of spiritual zeal. In alchemy when they say they convert mercury to gold, that is what they do to their self as well 🙂 … But what do u need to empty anyway? Seems you are on right tracks. In fact is there a wrong track in relation to long life cycles?! Hehe ….”I Am” is the solace indeed.

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