Do we have meaningful answers to the question, "Who am I?"It is the toast of the most advanced behavioral scientists, in forums such as the Indian Society of Advanced Behavioral Sciences((ISABS), which has a huge number of very costly courses for one to become a specialist.
It is also the toast of many philosophers, who have made millions by simply enticing the huge audiences to pay for their so-called discourses. They would often tell you to lead a simple life, but travel by the costliest imported cars and dine with the richest politicians.
One thing in common, in both the aforesaid cases ( there are many others too): the answer to the question. That basic question is "Who am I?".
I think the answer lies in just a very serious look at the best possible answer, the chosen path, in a particular given context. For instance, if we give up the world, not marry at all, join the Ramakrishna Math, as many do, we would have joined that path to do peace. Everything else comes to an end. No riches, no goals, no family, nothing.
If we marry, and take on all the responsibilities, we become accountable. We become answerable. In the Indian context, these responsibilities become so huge, so complex.
So, we would end up with this answer: Yes, am what I am. I live for my family, and work for my family, that s it. So, making money is part of the game.
All references to Mahabharatha and Ramayana do not hold water in this context. Okay, I will not bother about results. I will be passionate about work, the results will automatically come, as told by Lord Krishna. But the truth is that am part of a huge commercial rat race.
So, what do we do? Where do we seek answers from? Whom do we look for support?
I guess this basic question has been made into a multi billion dollar industry. For instance, the "how to" books of the West, like the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Steven Covey, only seek to address the answers in some form or the other. Whether they provide the right answer, is something we all need to ponder about.
Members may please come up with their own answers, based on their personal experiences.