Discerning the False Personality from our True Self

Buddha Daibutsu, Kamakura, Japan. This statue,...

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Subhuti was Buddha’s disciple.  He was able to understand the potency of emptiness, the viewpoint that nothing exists except in its relationship of subjectivity and objectivity.

One day, Subhuti, in a mood of sublime emptiness, was sitting under a tree.  Flowers began to fall about him.

“We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness”, the gods whispered to him.

“But I have not spoken of emptiness”, said Subhuti.

“You have not spoken of emptiness, we have not heard emptiness”, responded the gods. ”This is true emptiness”.  And blossoms showered upon Subhuto as rain.


A question which often arises in the mind of the researcher is how to recognize the expressions of our Essence-Being when they arise.  This takes the seeker to the often wrong attribution of many actions and emotions to their “True Self”, when they are only products of the mind which wants to keep alive its positions and strengthen convictions by denying any kind of change.  Attributing to our Essence every action gives us two obstacles:  on one hand, we remain deepened in the illusion of Being”.  On the other hand, this behavior allows our personality to keep alive all the conditionings, which imprison our True self.

Many Masters taught and still teach that we can recognize the expressions of our Essence-Being, all which is free from fears, anger, sense of guilt, egoistic thoughts.  The legitimate question which arises in the mind of the practitioner is how to recognize the rare moments when he can be sure, without doubts, that he is witnessing the expression of his Essence.

Fortunately, this is not the main problem.  Indeed, we can’t recognize such moments until we have achieved a higher state of consciousness and awareness.  We must follow sincerely what we feel as right and true at a determined moment, accept it temporarily, and then, overcome it when we realize a “Higher Truth”.  Briefly, we must train ourselves to discern what is part of the field of “Being” (True Self), and what is part of the field of “Appearances” (Ego-Personality).

Sincerely, we can’t be totally sure that what we feel, desire, or believe is free from every conditioning.  The most important thing is to live coherently with what we sense, feel, and consider what represents us, and to maintain both heart and mind open to change the course each moment that we realize we have run up against a previously unseen conditioning.  Of course, we are speaking here of what a seeker would have to do in the path for self-development.

The most important thing is to assume all the responsibilities for our actions and for our thoughts, and live with the utmost integrity.  Moreover, despite of what we usually think, the fact that a tendency or behavior is assignable to our deepest  Self, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s correct and objective.  This is something which should be considered.

The most important thing is to live our life in the most coherent and sincere way, so that we can achieve this state of emptiness, non-manifested, which represents us, instead of struggling with doubts about our False and True Self.  Of course, this is only my subjective consideration, so take it in this way – subjectively.

In addition to a life lived more consciously, the practice of meditation is surely the most efficient medium to enter the deepest realm of ourselves and to recognize, field by field, what really represents us as part of our True Self and what represents the mere conditioned surface.


About mr Sarmoung

Andrea Dandolo je pisac i istražitelj razvoja svijesti i duhovnosti uključen u razotkrivanje drevnih učenja s ciljem olakšavanja unutarnjeg razvoja ljudskih bića. Jedan od načina kojima se time bavi je i kroz blog koji je preveden na engleski, španjolski i od nedavno hrvatski. Od rane mladosti je u svijetu duhovnosti i rada na sebi sudjelujući u radu grupa koje potječu direktno od Gurdjieffa, tj koje su bile vođene od strane samog Gurdjieffa U skladu sa drevnim znanjima, naglašava razvoj svjesnosti kao primarno sredstvo za psihološku transformaciju i duhovnu osvještenost individualaca. Karakteristike sistema koji predlaže su jednostavan jezik i moderni prijevod drevnih učenja kao i njihove praktične primjene u svakodnevnome životu. Njegov blog čitaju ljudi iz svih krajeva svijeta. Samorazvoj je ne religiozni i ne dogmatski put; sastoji se primarno od naprednog dostizanja viših stanja svijesti, p prisustva i konačno od ostvarivanja svoje prave intimne prirode, koja je poznata u mnogim tradicijama pod imenima poput esencija, duša, biće. Kroz takav razvoj individualna osoba ulazi u nove dimenzije svijesti koje mu omogućuju da vidi stvarnost sakrivenu iza iluzija. To mu omogućuje kreiranje osobnosti neovisne i otporne na vanjske situacije i vanjska uvjetovanja. Posljedice takvog razvoja su oštra inteligencija, izvanredni kreativni kapaciteti, ravnoteža i smirenost u svakoj situaciji i stabilno stanje višeg stanja svijesti koje je poznato u drevnim tradicijama pod nazivom “buđenje”.
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4 Responses to Discerning the False Personality from our True Self

  1. Neva Stanton says:

    These youth are seduced by the violent fantasy of the US gun culture which provides negative role models of tough aggressive men who use power to get what they want. He argues that when we meditate on emptiness we drop an atom bomb on this sense of a truly existent I and we realize that what appears true… By this the lama is claiming that what we think is real our thoughts and feelings about people and things exists by being merely labeled .

  2. What is mainly taught in the system to which the Uttaratantra Shastra belongs is the aspect of awareness Tib. If one understands well what is meant by the inseparable union of emptiness and clear..

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