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Pilgrimage to Self


by Jinendra Swami

Copyright 1999 Jinendra Swami


This collection of poems is reproduced by permission from Jinendra Swami. His website is here. He welcomes all queries from genuine seekers. His email address is

Author's Preface

This is a collection of the writings of Jinendra Swami, known as The Pilgrimage to Self. To experience the thoughts conveyed by Jinendraji in the fullest sense, it is important that you follow the sequence as shown. Do not try to read all the poems at one stretch. Read one poem daily, and allot some time to think and ponder over the words. Reread the poem several times until you have grasped the essence and gist of it. Proceed to the next poem. Before you move on with the reading, it is advised that you read this short Introduction.

Author's Introduction

For a seeker of truth, if he reflects over the thoughts expressed by Jinendra, then he is automatically led on The Pilgrimage to Self.

The Pilgrimage to Self is not to be seen as a Literary work that can be created by acquired knowledge. It is a spark from one who turned inward, became introspective and experienced Joy. The meaningfulness and the suggestiveness of his utterances impress your mind.

His approach to Truth is straight forward and direct. He lays bare, free from any exotic trappings of complicated words and Sanskrit terminology, the mysterious centre of experience we call "I". The message will be clear even to readers with no special knowledge of Scriptures. For those who earnestly seek, if Life and Existence have any meaning, in any sense of the word, he jolts you out of your isolated sensation of limited self.

So refreshing and direct is his approach that voluntarily and enthusiastically there occurs a meaningful change in your perception, thought process, and behaviour pattern. The result is an experience of a totally new quality of life.

This new Quality of life comes from living Spiritually. He makes us aware that spirituality is a function of aligning our beliefs and behaviours with Universal Principles.

These principles are self-evident, factual, objective, and impersonal. They operate regardless of our Awareness of them or our obedience to them.

As you embrace The Pilgrimage to Self it reveals that real security is not based on our possessions, positions, credentials, or on comparisons with others; rather, it flows from our own Self. You'll discover the "Art of Living" by being in "Waking Meditation."

Jinendra compassionately approaches you and helps you make your life better and manage it more efficiently. His approach cuts through all your prejudices, ideas, beliefs, and concepts. He simply urges you to experience That which he himself experienced on his spiritual journey.

He does not preach nor describe any spiritual practices to be undertaken by a seeker. He makes it amply clear that our Ego has the subtlest ways of pretending to be Reformed. "You cannot teach Ego to be anything but egoistic."

In The Pilgrimage to Self is revealed the power of your own Awareness to dispel, by experimentation and experience, the illusion of one-self as a separate Ego.


Elixir of Wisdom1

Self - Knowledge

"Self-knowledge is the only remedy for sufferings."

"Self-knowledge is the easiest thing there is!"

"Have Atmagnyana (Self-knowledge) first and then see God. When the Atman itself cannot be seen how can Sarveswara be seen? Seeing God is to give the mind itself as food to Atman."

Sri Ramana Maharshi, Atman Vidya (Vol.1) and Sat Darshan


"Gurus can be had by hundreds and thousands. Everybody is anxious to be a Master. How many are there who would care to be disciples?"

"For the teaching of divine truths, Adesh is the one thing needful. Without Adesh thou wouldst be asserting thyself and thinking, 'I teach.'"

"He who thinks his spiritual guide a mere man cannot make much progress in the spiritual life."

Ramakrishna Paramahansa


"When you go on a pilgrimage, it directs the mind towards God. But remember -- God is within."

"The one who prays and the one to whom prayers are addressed are one and the same."

Sri Yoga Swami of Jaffna


"If a spiritual Preceptor (Guru) can raise up one without one's own efforts, why does he not raise a bull, an elephant, or a camel?"


"Such a sentimental person who continues to drink the filthy water from a well, simply because it was dug by his dear father, leaving aside the pure Ganges water available close to hand, is certainly a slave, under other's control."

Sage Valmiki, Yoga Vasishta Sara


"How can detachment come simply by attachment to God? Only when mind is detached from the world, it can be attached to God."

Jagatguru Shree Kripalu Mahaprabhu

Ahinsa (Nonviolence)

"To restrain oneself from violence by practicing nonviolence, is no change at all. Nonviolence with a motive is still violence."

J. Krishnamurti


"A person remains ordinary as long as he is led by the mind; but freed from the mind, he becomes a great saint."

Swami Nityananda of Ganeshpuri

Free will

"Thou art free according to thy own will and honor, to be thy own creator and builder. To Thee alone we gave growth and development depending on thy own free will. Thou bearest in thee the germs of Universal Life."

Jesus Christ

The Observer is the Observed

"Once upon a time, I, Chuang Tzu, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and tither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of following my fancies as a butterfly, and was unconscious of my individuality as a man.

"Suddenly I awoke, and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know, whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man."

Chuang Tzu, Zen Mind


"The wise discover that Atman is not seen either by study of the scriptures, by initiations, by shaving the head, by wearing robes or by being a Guru or a Chela, nor is it seen through postures."

Avadhut Gita

A man of Pure Intellect realizes the Self even by instruction casually imparted. But a man of Impure Intellect is bewildered in trying to realize the Self even after inquiring throughout his life."

Sage Ashtavakra, Ashtavakra Samhita


Even after the Truth has been realized, there remains that strong beginningless, obstinate impression that one is the agent and experiencer. And this is the cause of one's Transmigration. It has to be carefully removed by living in a state of constant identification with Supreme-Self (Atman). Sages call that Liberation which is attenuation of all Vasanas here and now."

Sri Adi Sankaracharya, Viveka Chudamani


"Only when one comes back to the noisy from the Silence can one preach the Silence. How can the Silence preach itself through Silence?"

Swami Tapovan Maharaj of Uttarkashi


"To be fixed in One's Self is to be Equanimous."

Shrimad Rajchandra


"Spiritual practice is being aware of Awareness.

"It is the state of Witnessing. Witnessing brings Pure-Understanding of WHAT-IS (all there is, IS Consciousness, in which appears the Totality of all manifestations and its impersonal functioning).

"This Understanding, being of noumenal nature (and not phenomenal or intellectual), brings about a qualitative change through merely witnessing all thoughts, feelings, desires, as they arise, without getting involved with them, without identifying with them."

Ramesh S. Balsekar

The Way

"All words are narrow footpaths leading nowhere but to others in a closed jungle of confusion and illusion. Apparently there is no way out of this mad delusion but to Sit up and Awake.

"So there is no path, no jungle of confusion and illusion -- no going out or about, as soon as you are free from the delusion dream.

"All words are the ripples that arise in the ocean of Absolute Silence and they merge back into it.

"You are the endless, bottomless, ocean of Consciousness that is Life within and beyond."

Swami Harish Madhukar


Even if you read The Pilgrimage to Self casually

An occasional thought

is sure to slip through your defenses.

The words will spiral their way into your heart

And break down barriers to Divine

But if you read them with Awareness

You let Grace Act

That brings serendipity in your Life.


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