Self-Realization through Yoga Meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra

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Who is the Witness?
by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati 

Objects: The are many, many objects in the world and the mind, including the objects of meditation. However, none of these objects are "Who I am." 

Sensing: All of those objects are experienced through the senses, whether the physical organs or the mental sensing instruments. These tools of sensing are also not "Who I am," even if they are the subtlest of metaphysical senses.

Mind: The senses present those impressions to the mind, which processes all those impressions. This mind is also not "Who I am," however intelligent and productive it might seem.

Witness: Who is it to whom the mind presents all those impressions? Who is the Witness? The Yogi turns away from the objects in the quest to resolve this. The Yogi goes beyond even the instruments of sensing, whether physical or subtle, seeing them too as not enough. The Yogi even sees that the mind itself is an instrument, and seeks the stillness and silence beyond.

Meditation beyond: To the Yogi, meditation starts with, but then goes beyond mere objects, so as to explore and go beyond the sensing instruments, to then examine and set aside the mind itself, so as to dwell in the pure consciousness that is the recipient and witness of all of this. Ultimately, the question of Self-realization comes down to the single question, "Who is doing the experiencing?" 

See also these pages:
Witnessing your thoughts 
Inviting thoughts to arise 
Training the 10 senses 



This site is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand. We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.




Yoga Nidra Meditation CD by Swami Jnaneshvara
Yoga Nidra CD
Swami Jnaneshvara