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Knowing/Not Knowing Who You Are

Knowing/Not Knowing Who You Are

The saint sees that we are all hooked into the same level of infinite intelligence, creativity, and love. God and your soul are in perfect communication. The message breaks down for reasons we have been detailing at length: ego needs, distortions of perception, lack of self-worth, and all kinds of traumas and wounds that defeat our best intentions.

If lumped together, these impurities are called avidya in the Indian tradition, a Sanskrit word that breaks down into two components, the root word for “not” and the root word for “knowing.”

By not knowing who we are, by not knowing what God is, by not knowing how to connect with the soul, we fall into sin and ignorance. In everyday usage, avidya is sometimes called both sin and ignorance, but these pejorative terms hide the essence of the truth, which is all that such obstacles exist in consciousness and can be cleared away.

What’s the one thing you can do today to grow in spirit? Stop defining yourself. Don’t accept any thought that begins “I am this or that.” You are not this or that. You are beyond definition, and therefore any attempt to say “I am X” is wrong. You are in passage. You are in the process of redefining yourself every day. Aid that process, and you cannot help but leap forward on the path.

If you take a clear look at yourself, you will find that your mind is more like a swarm of bees than like an arrow shooting straight for the goal. A swarm of bees can travel from point A to point B, just like an arrow, but it does so in a vague, swirling, fuzzy way.

Thus we hold in our minds all kinds of shifting attitudes, many of which contradict each other. Our love is bound up with hatred, our trust with suspicion, our altruism with selfishness. Because this is so, the only clear path to God is a path of constant self-awareness. You must see through your own mask if you want to take it off.

Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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1:36AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thank you :)

6:45PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Truly wonderful. Thank you.

8:05PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

thank you

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6:50AM PST on Dec 12, 2010

Do you know D?

12:51AM PST on Dec 12, 2010

Thanks for the article.

8:52PM PST on Dec 11, 2010


7:07PM PST on Dec 11, 2010

We don't fall into sin.
We create it with our corrupt nature.
Sin does not exist. it is we who make it exist.
A good article but flawed like many out there.

5:46AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

"I'd rather be this walking metamorphosis, than to have that old opinion formed on everything."

from Raul Seixas.

7:33AM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

Kinda interesting .

2:01PM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

funny I am reading this now. Yesterday I was joining a group and they asked me to write three sentences about what I am. I said that I could not put that into words.

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