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Who Am I?

roshi-ram-dassRamana Maharshi was asked about how to understand the true nature of the mind.

Q: What is the path of enquiry for understanding the nature of the mind?

That which rises as ‘I’ in this body is the mind. If one inquires as to where in the body the thought ‘I’ rises first, one would discover that it rises in the Heart. That is the place of the mind’s origin. Even if one thinks constantly ‘I’ ‘I’, one will be led to that place. Of all the thoughts that arise in the mind, the ‘I-thought’ is the first. It is only after the rise of this that the other thoughts arise. It is after the appearance of the first personal pronoun that the second and third personal pronouns appear; without the first personal pronoun there will not be the second and third.

The Path of the Bodhisattva by Pema Chodron

Chogyam Trungpa on the Tantric Journey