You are the knowable known without knowing.
We need time to sit with a statement like this. The fifteen words are not mystical or extraordinary; it is a simple concept for contemplation.
Any group of words like this is a mantra; its value is in the simplicity and repetition. I am that which is not, I am that which is not, I am that which is not, is another one.
After repeating it for a remarkably short time, your mind starts to settle down into stillness and the monkey mind begins to fade away. The yogis have spent years in caves training the mind with stuff like this.
The hook is, a yogi cannot give you the effect of the mantra, only you and your practice will unlock the wisdom of the mantra itself. Practice is the key.
Be the seer and the seen, unthinking and unchanging
Take a crack at it, design a short meaningful sentence and say it over and over for as long as you can. I have no doubt you will instantly begin to see the effect. The deeper you go in the repetition the clearer becomes the mind. The habit might take a month or a year to develop but any mantra potentially stills that chattering head.
Make sitting very still whenever you have an instant your goal. “Progress” is gradual and surprising, eventually your refuge is in the mantra and monkey mind becomes the intruder. Experience is the treasure, not the info or technique, or who you know or how long you sat. The yogi experience in the cave can be duplicated in the busy life anywhere in the world by anyone.
It hinges on intent. Aren’t we all getting sick of the constant thinking and rodeo learning? Don’t knock the value of a mantra till you try it. Calm the mind with a mantra, any mantra and you will see the monkey mind fade away.
Mind is inside the body as well as outside, thoughts become the action.
There is suffering, there is the cause of suffering and there is a way out through meditation, contemplation, breath, stillness, prayer of quite, etc.
Yogis go to the cave with nothing but the mind. Stillness requires no tools. Yogis observe, sit, breath and seek no thing. Why pay for that practice? The yogi knows everything you know; only difference is the yogi does not attach to knowing. The yogi becomes blind in the cave, they have thought themselves to exhaustion and found out they are breathing.
The yogis have wrestled with wanting to give up, thinking what a waste of time, thinking those thoughts leads to action, leaving the stillness to go and “do” something.
The cave is like an eye lid which turns off the external stimuli. You don’t need a cave, we all have eye lids fully installed. Inside the cave the mystics and yogis dismantle the will, memory, intuition, intellect, intent, belief, etc and ultimately find no use for the mind and no use for action. The engagement stops, so the activity stops, so the manifesting stops.
Get out of the road, far away but always near.
Turning off the mind is like standing in the road while a bus is coming, you are being run over every day by a bus full of mind stuff.
Get out of the road and watch it pass. Nothing has changed really; you just cease to be the object in the road, no more getting hurt by the bus. Everything in the mind is still on the bus and while you are having a beautiful day on the sidewalk. The bus is monkey mind and only one part of a much larger landscape, wake up, look around at the beauty.