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What happens when I recognize that I am NOT the doer?

by | Jun 18, 2023 | Advaita, Atma Nirvriti, Atmananda, Direct Path, Doership, Ego, Freedom, Illusion, Non-Doership, Suffering, Thoughts


Ektaji, by recognizing that ‘I am not the doer’, does the world-projection end?



By you recognizing the truth that you are not the doer, has the projection of your family ended? Has the world disappeared? No!

When I recognize that ‘I am not the doer’, the world is still there but I now recognize that everything is simply an ‘arising’:

    • I do not choose an action. It happens.
    • I do not select a thought, It arises of its own accord.

It is not that I do not, it is actually that I cannot. ‘I’ does not exist. How can that which does not exist, do, act, think?

The only projection that stops is the ‘wrong assumption’ of doer-ship & experiencer-ship.

The effect is that suffering ends.

How & Why?

Suffering was caused by assumptions like ‘I could have done this instead of that’ & ‘hope that she does not think like that’, etc. When you recognize that ‘doing’ & ‘thinking’ are happening spontaneously, then new freedom is found. Doer-ship ends! Experiencer-ship ends. Suffering ends!

This understanding in its true sense shakes the Ego as it sees its world crumbling down. Its world was based on doer-ship & experiencer-ship. That seems to be experiencing an earthquake on the Richter scale of 100. It is very hard for the Ego to recognize a bad event is purely an arising that is not under my control. It is all a ‘happening’! This is what brings up the scary feeling for the Ego.

Therefore this experiential understanding of ‘I am not the doer’ & ‘I am not the experiencer’ needs to be coupled with the experiential understanding that ‘Perception is an illusion’. Then only will you truly know Reality as it is!

Keep doing your experiential self-exploration dear. Intellectual comprehension is not sufficient. Keep walking the path!


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  1. Vinaya Walimbe

    Didi then what do I say to myself when I have to take ownership of my actions or be accountable? Will taking responsibility happen on its own? For that matter any action will happen on its own if it has to happen?

    • Gnyana Sangha

      Ashtavakra says – You have never ever done an action or taken accountability, stop lying and faking to yourself. You are the witness of an action, you are the witness of the accountability taken if any, you are the witness of the responsibility renounced if any. It is all a happening. Open your eyes and face the truth. That is the courage required on this Advaita path. You are simply the witness. You cannot do. You cannot act. Nevere ever!

  2. Jaspreet

    Thank you Ekatji. I loved the pointer of coupling experiential understanding of ‘Perception is an illusion’. and experiential understanding of ‘I am not the doer’ & ‘I am not the experiencer’.

    Because I take myself to be an experiencer, there are stories of doer-ship (mine or others) causing my experience. And because I take myself to be a doer, there is blame, shame, guilt and pride. All of this is suffering and clouds the natural peace. Just wanted to share and express my gratitude for all the lovely pointers!


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