I And Mine: [01.01] - I And My Mind - I

Published: 15.10.2005
Updated: 06.08.2008

I am an ascetic.

I enjoy the boundless grace of Gurudev Shree Tulsi.
My asceticism is not bound by inert rituals.

My faith is in that asceticism which is not lifeless.

I have faith in that asceticism which is a veritable ocean of joy.

I have faith in that asceticism which has a perennial source of energy.

I follow a tradition, but do not treat its dynamic elements as static.

I derive benefit from out of the scriptures, but do not believe in carrying them as a burden.

The insight I have gained does not admit of separation between the past and the present. The two are integrated in it.

In my consciousness there is no bondage of 'yours and mine'. It is free from it.

My spiritual practice does not 'worship' truth; it subjects it to minute surgery.

The only mission of life is boundless curiosity to know truth.

That is precisely my asceticism.

It is not an external accoutrement.

Like a seed it is sprouting out of my inner being.

There was a time when Indians actively pursued the method of directly experiencing the truth.

The present-day Indian' s mentality is afflicted by indirect experience.

Both his thinking and interpretation are borrowed.

This is a self-evident proof of its imbecility.

I have but one wish

- initial, medial and final -

to save present-day India from the affliction of indirect experience

and to lead it towards direct experience.

  • I And Mine by Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dulahraj ji
  • Translated by R.P. Bhatnagar, formerly Prof. Dept. of English at Jaipur University
  • Published by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Ladnun, India, 1st Edition, 1995

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