Eastern Traditions

Similar claims appear in Eastern traditions. The great Indian sage Sri Ramana Maharshi said:

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Sri Ramana Maharshi

“I am” is the name of God… God is none other than the Self. In the twelfth century, Ibn-Al-Arabi, one of the most revered Sufi mystics, wrote:

“If thou knowest thine own self, thou knowest God.”

Shankara, the eight-century Indian saint, whose insights revitalized Hindu teachings, said of his own enlightenment:

“I am Brahman… I dwell within all beings as the soul, the pure consciousness, the ground of all phenomena… In the days of my ignorance, I used to think of these as being separate from myself. Now I know that I am All.”

This sheds new light on the Biblical injunction: “Be still, and know that I am God.” I do not believe it means: “Stop fidgeting around and recognize that the person who is speaking to you is the almighty God of all creation.” It makes much more sense as an encouragement to still the mind, and know, not as an intellectual understanding but as a direct realization, that the “I am” that is your essential self, the pure consciousness that lies behind all experience, is God.

This concept of God is not of a separate superior being, existing in some other realm, overlooking human affairs and loving or judging us according to our deeds. God is in each and every one of us, the most intimate and undeniable aspect of ourselves. God is the light of consciousness that shines in every mind.

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