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Self-Inquiry . . .
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Wikipedia defines Self Inquiry as:
Self-enquiry, also spelled Self-inquiry (Sanskrit vichara, also called jnana-vichara or ātma-vichār), is the constant attention to the inner awareness of 'I' or 'I am'. Ramana Maharshi frequently recommended it as the most efficient and direct way of discovering the unreality of the ‘I'-thought. He taught that the 'I'-thought will disappear and only "I-I" or Self-awareness remains, which is Self-realization or liberation.
"Sooner or later the question of 'Who am I?' will have to be faced. All [practice] that leads to this question is good. For, by itself, nothing else is fully effective since Self-knowledge comes only through Self-Inquiry. Other methods purify the mind and help it to see its own limits. When the mind comes to the end of its resources, and stands baffled before the unanswerable question, then a Higher Power takes charge of the mind and the Self stands revealed as the real, the wonderful."
— Ramana Maharshi
Self-Inquiry and AHAM:
Self-Inquiry, the foundation for all of AHAM's Conscious Curriculum, is a direct means to the Realization and abidance in the Self or the true nature of Being.
Thoughts conceal or obstruct the recognition or realization of the true nature of one's being, and therefore they must be stopped and the mind made still in order to reveal the Truth of the Self. Self-Inquiry is making a profound, unrelenting, incessant investigation into the true nature of one's inner being.
In AHAM, one's spiritual practice is conducted by the Self, rather than toward the Self. The paradox is that with Self-Inquiry, you start out using the mind to make the inquiry, and ultimately you merge the mind into the stillness and silence of the true Self.
"Arunachala - Sacred Mountain of South India"