Self Investigation 26.2.2023
Our Self Investigation gathering was on Sunday the 26th of February 2023 at Uudenmaankatu, Helsinki. There were again a good number of participants and we continued with Sri Ramana’s teachings from the book ‘Nan Yar?‘, ‘Who am I?’ from the second verse. Before that we recalled the previous verse and watched the related video by Michael James.
The second verse involves the removal of those things which are not “I”, such as body, life force (prana), mind, intellect and will. This is how we begin self investigation by examining who or what we are not, to know what are true nature actually is.
We will continue working on the work at the next gathering on Sunday, the 26th of March, 2023 at 4 p.m.
Self Investigation 29.1.2023
The Self Investigation gathering was live on Sunday, January 29, 2023, after a long brake, on Uudenmaankatu, Helsinki. There were a gratifyingly large number of participants at our first meeting as an official association! It says that a live, physical gathering has been longed for and awaited for a couple of years instead of Zoom remote meetings.
The program started traditionally with a quiet moment at the beginning, after which we got down to the curriculum. We intend to thoroughly go through the core teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (‘Nan Yar?’, ‘Ulladu Narpadu’, ‘Updesa Undiyar’) and thus gain a deeper understanding of self investigation also as a practical exercise.
We started with the first stanza of ‘Nan Yar?’, ‘Who am I?’ It led to a great and deep conversation, during which we got to hear interesting views about what happiness is and how we could be permanently happy regardless of external circumstances or the fulfillment of current wishes.
We will continue working on the work at the next meeting, which will be on Sunday 26 February 2023 at 4 pm.
Self Investigation association 11.11.2022
We have established an association called ‘Itsetutkimus ry’ (Self Investigation registered association). We do not seek any kind of financial gain and we do not charge a membership fee at the moment. Participation in future gatherings is free, but if we incur expenses, e.g. in terms of space rentals and/or offers, then a voluntary offertory is of course preferable.
The purpose of the association is to continue our Self Investigation activities and gatherings a little more regularly and to add studies where we review, for example, the most important teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, ‘Nan Yar? (Who am I?), ‘Ulladu Narpadu’ (40 stanzas of reality) and ‘Upadesa Undiyar’ (Essence of Spiritual Teachings).
We have been meeting live or remotely for about six years now and we feel it is necessary to take our activities a little deeper into the actual teachings and practicing self investigation. Although self investigation, like virtually all spiritual methods, is an individual path, sharing experiences along the way is felt to be beneficial. In addition, we can learn from each other and get different perspectives on our own practices.
I will inform later about our gatherings.
Self Investigation May 28th 2022
We had the pleasure of having Swami Sarvapriyananda as our special guest, who is the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of New York and one of the best-known scholars and lecturers on Advaita Vedanta in the world of our time. We talked about the basic principals and teachings of Advaita Vedanta.
Self Investigation May 20th 2022
Our Self Investigation Zoom meeting was on Friday, the 20th of May 2022.
We had the pleasure of having Rupert Spira as our special guest, who is one of the best-known scholars and lecturers on non-duality in the world of our time.
Our topics included how to be aware of our ‘being’, the ‘I am’ without giving it any attributes and we also talked about the similarities or differences of dream and the waking state.
Self Investigation April 23rd 2022
Self Investigation Zoom meeting was held on Saturday, April 23, 2022.We had the pleasure and honor of having Michael James as our guest again, who has studied and practiced the teachings of Sri Ramana for nearly 50 years.
Website: Michael James
The topics this time were the three states we experience, waking, dream and deep sleep, and the core message of the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.Finally, Michael told us about the collaboration between him and Sadhu Om and what were the main Tamil works by Bhagavan they worked on and translated into English.
Self Investigation January 22nd 2022
Our Self Investigation Zoom gathering was on the 22nd of January. We had David Godman as our guest and we talked about Nisargadatta Maharaj and Sri Ramana Maharshi. Other topics included surrender and free will.
Self Investigation September 26th 2021
The Self Investigation Zoom gathering was held on Sunday, September 26th. We had David Godman as our special guest.
The subject was Sri Ramana Maharshi and his teachings.
Self Investigation August 29th 2021
Self Investigation Zoom gathering was held on Sunday, the 29th of August. We had Taavi Kassila as our special guest. Our topic was Advaita Vedanta.
Self Investigation May 23rd 2021
Self-Investigation Zoom gathering was held on Sunday, the 23rd of May.We had Michael James as our special guest.Our topic this time was vairagya and Bhakti.
Self Investigation April 25th 2021
Self-Investigation Zoom gathering was held on Sunday, April 25th.We went through Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s main teachings from the ‘Nan Yar?, Who am I?’ booklet.Everybody agreed that this work should be studied regularly because of it’s simple but yet very deep meaning.
Self Investigation March 28th 2021
Self-Investigation Zoom gathering was held on Sunday, March 28th.We had an open discussion evening with topics including self-investigation, surrender and Advaita Vedanta.
Self Investigation February 28th 2021
Self-Investigation Zoom gathering was held on Sunday, February 28th.We had Michael James as our guest.The topics of discussion were the pursuit of self-investigation, surrender, and the existence of free will.
Self Investigation January 28th 2021
We had our first Self-Investigation gathering on Zoom in January 24, 2021.The event was a success and David Godman also said he enjoyed the good questions and the relaxed atmosphere.