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Pilgrimage to Self
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by Jinendra Swami

Copyright 1999 Jinendra Swami.

Jinendra Swami welcomes all queries from genuine seekers. His email address is His website is here.


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Viewpoint of Atman

Man says, "I am in bondage?"
This viewpoint of Atman
Reflects our own wrong Understanding today 
Man ignorantly refuses to acknowledge 
His own free state of Being
Then runs around in circle
In search of his own freedom
Man's dependence makes him seek 
    Books, systems and rituals 
It's man's Ignorance of Truth 
That makes him seek  
     gurus, masters, swamis, and guides
Be Aware 
you cannot 'demand' and 'receive' 
     a gift of salvation, even from a Satguru 
Only when you are 'Ready' and 'Right'
     can these intermediaries be of help

Our ancestors' beliefs and rituals
Reflect understanding and traditions
     of their daily life
Our present daily life
Reflect our inner conditioning 
    and our own beliefs today
Understand clearly
Life is a movement
It's new everyday   

Be Aware
Avoid being enchained 
     by old beliefs and rituals  
That prevents understanding
     of your life today

Realize this Now
To arrive at your own true convictions 
Learn to Focus on the Facts 
That reveal your own Integrated Being 
Learn to assimilate and integrate 
All your experiences and all you know 
But do not forget 
True conviction comes  from 'Right Perception'
     and 'Self-understanding' alone

Be clear ...   ... 
It's through Awareness alone
You'll re-discover your original Being
Know that the knowledge of my-Self 
     is not with anyone else but myself 

'This' Understanding is necessary 
It brings a sense of clarity 
    and a changed perception too  
When right conviction is born
You ask yourself in surprise
"Why seek from any  authority 
   the knowledge of my-Self, my happiness
     spirituality, or enlightenment 
       when it is right there within me?"

Who but you alone 
    can look within yourself 
Align yourself  with your own Atman
To Know the view point of Atman    
Then you'll find enlightenment, the glory 
     or the purification and bliss you seek

You seek outside guru
    for you believe you do not know 
Some offer you 
A false sense of security and comfort
But, can this bring
Self-empowerment and self-growth?
Be clear and beware
    of gurus who promise you the Unknown

Beware of your wrong dependence
It comes from your wrong following 
You may end up in a 'conformity' 
Then, instead of True Freedom 
You may end up in 'total conflict'

Can Guru give you the experience of 'Self'? 
The Guru can only guide you
    and 'convince' you of the Truth 
Each one has to walk alone, seek alone 
    and find truth about his own 'Self'

Beware, following somebody ignorantly 
Is to lose your own independence
Do you expect to achieve freedom 
   without 'Right Understanding' 
But, simply through such dependence?
Don't deny the Fact
You too can attain Liberation
No matter where and what you are    

Just lose your-self to Find your-Self
By realizing that the Absence is the Presence 

Truth is in everyone
Not far, not near, not here, not there 
It is eternally, always in the Now

No outside authority can give you
The Key to Truth, that reveals Atman 
Each one holds within himself
The key to Truth
That lets him discover his Self

Be aware and perceive rightly
Then the words come alive and become meaningful 
If not, they are like writings on water
Soon to disappear into meaninglessness!!  

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