Ramana maharshi talked about the insurer method
On surface it looks like it is nit yoga and your contemplating
But that is not true. All the thoughts you have in the inquiry method becomes an object and is no longer the source
So he talks about who am I? And says find the I Now it seems simple. But the moment you try to find the I you go into speculation and Are unable to find the source. Your mine imagine you to be consciousness. Or you think when you find it out You will be great like Ramana. You can teach others. Or you may make money. Or your frustrated You get angry Your anger and frustration further clouds the discovery of the source of I
So this method of who am I requires silence and calmness of mind and emotions. Plus requires giving up desires. The self being perfect has no desires.
Not so Easy is it?
Enjoy the following conversation
From ~~~ Day by Day with Bhagavan, 3-1-46.
Mr. Joshi put five questions.
I give below the questions and Bhagavan’s answers.
Should I go on asking ‘Who am I?’ without answering?
Who asks whom? Which bhavana (attitude)
should be in the mind at the time of enquiry?
What is ‘I’ the Self or the ego?
In the enquiry ‘Who am I?’, ‘I’ is the ego. The
question really means, what is the source or origin of this
ego? You need not have any bhavana in the mind. All that is
required is, you must give up the bhavana that you are the
body, of such and such a description, with such and such a
name, etc. There is no need to have a bhavana about your real
nature. It exists as it always does; it is real and no bhavana.
I cannot be always engaged in this enquiry,
for I have got other work to do, and when I do such work I
forget this quest.
When you do other work, do you cease to exist?
You always exist, do you not?
Without the sense of doership — the sense
‘I am doing’ — work cannot be done.
It can be done. Work without attachment. Work
will go on even better than when you worked with the sense
that you were the doer.
I don’t understand what work I should do
and what not.
Don’t bother. What is destined as work to be
done by you in this life will be done by you, whether you
like it or not.
Why should I try to realise? I will emerge
from this state, as I wake up from a dream. We do not make
an attempt to get out of a dream during sleep.
In a dream, you have no inkling that it is a dream
and so you don’t have the duty of trying to get out of it by your
effort. But in this life you have some intuition, by your sleep
experience, by reading and hearing, that this life is something
like a dream, and hence the duty is cast on you to make an
effort and get out of it. However, who wants you to realise the
Self, if you don’t want it? If you prefer to be in the dream, stay
as you are.
With reference to question 4, Mrs. P. C. Desai quoting
the Bhagavad Gita asked Bhagavan, “If (as Arjuna was told)
there is a certain work destined to be done by each and we
shall eventually do it however much we do not wish to do it
or refuse to do it, is there any free will?”
“It is true that the work meant to be
done by us will be done by us. But it is open to us to be free
from the joys or pains, pleasant or unpleasant consequences
of the work, by not identifying ourselves with the body or
that which does the work. If you realise your true nature
and know that it is not you that does any work, you will be
unaffected by the consequences of whatever work the body
may be engaged in according to destiny or past karma or
divine plan, however you may call it. You are always free
and there is no limitation of that freedom.”