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Who Am I - Part 1

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Published on Mar 28, 2012

Who Am I - http://whoamidocumentary.com/index.htm - This documentary, which is forty eight minutes in duration, asks the age-old question Who Am I? It looks at people's ongoing search for an understanding of who we are. It investigates Ramana Maharshi's teachings of self-enquiry, and Shri Poonjaji's or Papaji's belief that we are already free right now. We also meet some of the disciples of Nisargadatta Maharaj whose controversial teaching style has brought many followers to enlightenment.

India -- the world's sixth largest country, with more than a billion inhabitants. An enchanting land, filled with great vestiges of divine inspiration.

It's here that sages and philosophers like Adi Shankracharya, Swami Vivekananda and the poet saint Kabir asked the question Who Am I and who have delved deep into this mystery called life.

Proponents of the Hindu philosophy of Advaita, they held that our real nature is Divine. God is our innermost self, an underlying reality that exists in every Being.

The basic teaching is that we should awaken ourselves from the mistaken belief that we exist as separate individuals and find out who we really are.

To better understand the philosophy, we set off on an adventure that led us to the teachings of three revered saints of this ancient and mystical land.

Our first destination was the small city of Tiruvannamalai in the south of India, where we had arranged to meet David Godman.

David is regarded as the foremost contemporary author on the lives of some of India's famous mystics, including the great sage Ramana Maharshi, H W L Poonjaji and Nisargadatta Maharaj.

David first heard about Ramana probably in 1974 when he picked up a book in his college bookstore in England. He devoured it in an afternoon and says the effect of reading that book was to completely silence his mind. Up until that point he had been a voracious reader of spiritual books, philosophical texts, he had an insatiable curiosity to find things out. And what was different with this text was that it didn't provide any answers, it simply pulled the rug out completely from the whole questioning edifice.

It started him on his own personal quest, asking the question Who Am I?

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