Q: I have no Naam Mantra, so what I do, I read the book. I do this, ‘I am Brahman, Brahman I am’.
Maharaj: Yes, yes, that’s enough. Until you get conviction you have to undergo the discipline of meditation that ‘I am Brahman, Brahman I am’.
Q: I know it’s there.
Maharaj: Yes, you have to forget your body-identity. The purpose of the mantra ‘I am Brahman’ is just to forget the body-identity.
Q: And the word ‘bija’, ‘b-i-j-a’ in the bhajans? ‘Bija Mantra’, it says, what does that mean? Is that the same as Naam Mantra?
Maharaj: Naam Mantra is words, I repeatedly told you. ‘Aham Brahmasmi’, ‘Sivoham’, ‘I am Brahman’, these are the words through which you are indicating yourself, concentrating yourself, hammering yourself, because you forgot your identity.
Q: I want that to …
Maharaj: See, everything is within you.
Q3: …run continuously.
Maharaj: Ah, you have to recite that. This body is called woman, you are female, your parents told you this body is female and you accepted it, correct? You’re acting as a female. So, Master says ‘You are Brahman’, and you’re not accepting that. It’s open Truth. Male or female is not your identity at all, it is given to the body-form. The holder of the body-form is called Brahamn, Atman, Paramatman, God, Master, that you are.
Not to take literal meaning of what is mentioned in the books. So many times it happens: “Oh, Ramana Maharshi says like this, this Master says like this”. We’re not here to analyze the statements of the various Masters. What they convey, that is most important. What did they convey?: Except your Selfless Self, there is no God, no Brahman, no Atman, no Paramatman.