THE PRECISE METHOD FOR LIBERATION
Dadashri : What is your name?
Questioner : My name is ‘Chandulal’.
Dadashri : Are you really ‘Chandulal’?
Questioner : Yes.
Dadashri : ‘Chandulal’ is your name. Is ‘Chandulal’ not your name? Are you yourself ‘Chandulal’ or is your name ‘Chandulal’?
Questioner : It is my name.
Dadashri : Then who are you? If ‘Chandulal’ is your name, then who are you? Are you and your name not separate? If you are separate from your name, then who are you? Do you understand what I am trying to say? If you say, “These are my eye-glasses,” then you and the glasses are separate, right? Similarly, do you not feel that you are separate from your name?
In the same token there is nothing wrong with naming a shop ‘General Traders’. However if we call out to the shop owner “Hey General Traders, come here!” he would reply, “My name is Jayantilal, General Traders is the name of my shop.”
The owner, the shop, and the merchandise inside the shop, are all separate entities. What do you think?
Questioner : That makes sense.
Dadashri : People insist, “No, I am ‘Chandulal’.” That means, “I am the owner of the shop and I am also the sign on the shop.” ‘Chandulal’ is just a means of identification.
From your very childhood, people kept calling you ‘Chandu’ and you have come to believe, “I am Chandu.” You believe this name to be you. In reality, you are not that, but you insist that you are ‘Chandulal’ because everyone tells you so. Since you do not know who you really are, you believe yourself to be the name that you have been given. This has had a very powerful psychological effect on you. This effect is so deeply ingrained within you, that you believe that you are ‘Chandulal’. This belief is wrong, and because of this wrong belief, you have spent countless lives sleeping with your eyes open (oblivious to your real identity).