The answer is within.

The Master was explaining to his disciple about the journey of self-realization.

Master: “The journey starts with the observation of your mind. Observe the difference between you and your mind.”

Disciple: “what is to observe the mind?”

Evidently, the disciple wasn’t aware of the difference between him and his mind.

Master: “ Sit comfortably. Breathe in and out slowly, while looking at the wall in front of you. All that exists for you is the wall in front.”

Disciple: “ What is the purpose of that exercise?”

The Master ignored the question. The disciple practiced the exercises for a while.

Master: “ Tell me. What was the purpose of the exercise?”

Disciple: “ Well, I don’t know. My mind was trying to escape from looking at the wall. I was thinking of many things while I kept reminding me- ‘Look at the wall.’ My mind was getting tired.”

Master: “Was your mind reminding your mind to look at the wall?”

Disciple: “I don’t know.”

Master: “When you know, you will find out what is observation of the mind. The observer and that which is observed. Then, those 2 can become one.”

To separate means to acknowledge their singular value to then appreciate the wholesomeness of their union.


  1. Gayathri

    Brother, that is an interesting ‘thought-provoking’ question- “who is thinking?” For sure, I am not thinking, the thoughts are coming on their own though it feels like I am thinking. 🙂 The thoughts are everywhere around us in the atmosphere, we attract thoughts which suit our consciousness. That is why we have to struggle sometimes to stop certain thoughts which are very powerful. As our consciousness improves, purer, the thoughts we attract also change in their qualities.
    This concept sounds absurd, I know. 🙂 But it makes sense when we realise that without making any effort to ‘create’ them, thoughts do flow in the mind. If it were to be our JOB to create thoughts, we could not have performed any/ many actions as we can only perform one action at a time.
    Anyway, I leave it to the thoughts to come and go as and when they want to. This way, slowly, I start to become an Observer. Thanks for the article.

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    • ahnanda

      Thank you for your follow up comment. Indeed, we take things for granted without observation in ourselves. In that observation there is no identification with those thoughts as “mine.” If a person has the habit of complaining all the time, then there is suffering in that mind which endures, as we feed our vibes with those complaints. We attract those thoughts of suffering and then spread them out in our environments. Then, it is not a matter of changing thoughts as those are only the outcome of BEING a complainer. If we realize about the habit, if we observe it; then thoughts will follow.

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