The Inner Path to Freedom – Know Thyself Posted on October 25th, 2011 by Gad Asas in Personal Development with [fetching…]
Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment
(Lao Tsu.Tao Te Ching, Sutra 33)
One of the fundamental spiritual teachings of mankind is Know Thyself. It has been taught by masters as long as there have been human beings. On the path of awakening, this teaching is fundamental. Unless and until I come to know myself, I am driven by habits which I do not see and over which I have no control; I am a machine. Inside I am asleep.
While civilization has opened up for man new horizons in knowledge and science and has raised his material standard of living, thereby widening his world – perception, it has, instead of lifting him to a higher level all around, only developed certain faculties to the detriment of others; some it has completely destroyed.
Instead of producing an individually whole man adapted to the nature and surroundings in which he finds himself and which really were responsible for his creation, has produced a being out of his element, incapable of living a full life, and at the same time a stranger to that inner life which should by rights be his.
The essential tool to Know Thyself is simple self observation. It has other names like watching, meditation and witnessing. Self- observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of self awakening. By observing himself man throws a ray of light onto his inner processes which have until now worked in complete darkness. Under the influence of this light the processes themselves begin to change.
Self observation is a form of prayer without words. It is not a way of faith; it is a way of self-study, of self Knowledge, a way of Know Thyself. A man imagines he is conscious, awake, and aware because his eyes are open. But habit is unconscious, automatic- pilot without free will or intention; inside he is asleep.
Self observation is a subjective process. Everything must be verified by personal experience; otherwise it is merely another form of slavery, one more chain to bind him in his unconscious and mechanical slavery.
In my next articles I would like to discuss about the obstacles that confront man in his path to enlightenment and spiritual growth and the natural tools man has to overcome them.
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