u havent posted anything in like a month, i hope you're ok! question: everyone talks about the INNER YOU like its something inside you (not material of course) that you can comunicate with when you meditate a lot and it helps you, etc. i've been meditating for long and i want to get there, but what exactly happens when u get the conection with this inner you? how am i suposse to know? have you gotten there yet? thanks namaste!!
I apologize very much for my prolonged absence (I was just taking a little internet break!), and thank you so much for your continued interest.
Regarding what various people and philosophies refer to as an inner you, this is most commonly just different ways of referring to the atma, or individual spirit, which is a part of the greater supersoul, or paramatma. The supersoul is the one soul, one energy which simultaneously connects all of us, but has an individual spark within each of us, the atma. This is the key to an individual’s true identity, and every living entity contains this spark — every person, every animal, every plant, every organism has this energy. Every one of us is an individual jiva soul with a spark of atma within us, and at the same time we are connected by these fragments to the paramatma, and the original person, Sri Krishna. To understand the inner atma better one must understand from whence it springs. Some forms of meditation focus on an impersonal aim of merging with and perceiving the oneness and interconnectedness of the universe, and while there is some validity in this, it is very limited, and will be ultimately unsatisfying for a person looking for a deeper, more personal understanding. Everything is indeed connected, and “one”, but it goes further than that, and while a person may come to some realization of this truth, it can still leave them hungering for more spiritual knowledge.
Every jiva soul, every living entity, has an eternal personality, an eternal form, which exists in the spiritual world. In the material world, we are born, live short lives conditioned by what we think is the truth, die, and take yet another body to repeat the same process. We can do this many thousands of times over, taking numerous forms which we continually identify ourselves as, even if they have no bearing on our true identity. A jiva may take birth in the material world as a wealthy white male living in Sweden and define himself by this false idea of himself, when in the spiritual world he may very well actually be a female squirrel who is much happier collecting nuts than worrying about finances. It can be extremely difficult to remember the specifics of one’s spiritual identity while living in the illusory environment of the material world, but this should not be one’s primary aim, for when one’s atma is meant to return to the spiritual realm, it will occur.
In the meantime, while existing on earth, one can meditate on the source of one’s atma: the supersoul, which originates from Krishna. The chanting of the maha-mantra (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare) is the most effective form of meditation on one’s atma and the paramatma, and this practice entreats one’s own internal spark of Krishna, and Krishna himself, that one may have a greater understanding of their spiritual position. It is a pure, transcendental sound vibration which dissolves the false ego, and cuts through material illusions, so that one who speaks and hears it may have a clearer mind and purpose. Results vary by the individual, and spiritual progress can take many, many forms, some that are easily perceived and some that are not. It is up to you, and how you open your heart, what connection to your true self you make. If it seems difficult or confusing or frustrating, do not lose faith, because your atma is eternally pure and flames brightly within you, and whatever obstacles stand in your way may be pushed aside with Krishna’s name. It is a process, and can and should continue all one’s life, this practice of learning more about the soul, and yearning to love and serve Krishna, who is at the heart of your soul, and who knows you as you truly are. Hare Krishna!
Your last post is really interesting, could you explain it to me?
Certainly, thank you for asking! :) The image is Krishna, and the poem was written by Mirabai, who was a great devotee of his living in the 16th century, who shed her life as a princess to live as a celibate pilgrim in utter devotion to Krishna. She composed many deeply personal pieces describing her ages-old relationship with Krishna, and the difficulties this posed in her life, and she is revered to this day as a saint. Krishna is the personality of God taking the form of a handsome young cowherd boy, with whom his most intimate devotees may seek to engage in loving pastimes. It’s juicy stuff!