The Process of Self-Inquiry

One could categorize our mind into a variety of interrelated, interconnected processes. One is the thinking process of the mind. Another is our feeling process. Another is our perception and recognition process. And yet another is the desire to express itself. And ultimately, a key facet I feel to be fundamental is our capacity to experience sensations.

And there could be many additional processes we could break our mind down into. Cognitive scientists, philosophers, and ancient teachings point to a whole multitude of constituents of what Mind can be broken down into.

What we haven’t uncovered however, at least on a scientific psychological perspective, is where Mind originates — namely its very capacity to experience. We can show how experiences might lead to one another, but we don’t have a trace to the origin of Mind itself. Why aren’t biological brain processes simply automatic functions that are like machines. Why is there an experience of Mind that we have?

The lack of scientific instruments that can precisely capture the experience of mind constituents generates a question without a tangible answer — one that puts the onus back on us to discover for ourselves where the mind originates from through our own self-reflection.

This self-inquiry process — which some like Ramana Maharshi call “Who am I?” — of one-by-one identifying the constituents of the Mind and putting it aside — peeling back the layers of the mind to come to a gradual realization of the Source of Mind itself. This source I call God or the Supreme Soul.

For some, this process might take years. For others, it might be what I believe to be lifetimes. However, this might for some be dissuading but for others inspiring…because it points to what many might consider (as I do) to be the penultimate purpose of life itself — discovering who we really are. This leaves us with what I feel to feel the ultimate purpose of being — the exaltation of that Source of Mind Itself: God.

Ranjeeth Thunga