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The knowledge that is prior to thought I am is covered by a human body which is a food-body with the vital breath and knowledge of the Self (Prana and Jnana).

The very earliest I am was not only devoid of name and form but was also free from words, it was non-verbal. Gradually as the processes of conditioning begin, the non-verbal I am becomes the verbal I am. You learn words and language which are all additives on the pure non-verbal I am. Through your senses you perceive the body which requires food and vital breath for sustenance, the I am identifies with the body and you say I am so and so. Despite of all these coverings, the indwelling knowledge of the Self or the pure I am is always there. It is only a question of putting aside everything and uncovering it and getting stabilized in it, which is the Sadhana (practice) that is being prescribed.
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