Self-inquiry is not a path that leads you somewhere. It is the path that stops you in your tracks so that you can discover directly, for yourself, who you are.
The power of stopping is indescribable. In the moment of stopping, there is no concept of anything, yet there is consciousness.
Consciousness without concept is naturally and inherently free. In an instant, it is self-evident. We are so trained to follow our concepts that we even turn consciousness itself into a concept.
In the timeless instant of recognizing that consciousness exists without any need of concept, identification with concept falls away.
This is an essential experience. What follows is the deepening recognition that consciousness is free regardless of concept. This is true freedom.
The concept of yourself as a man or a woman doesn't even begin to touch the truth of yourself as consciousness.
Gangaji -- The Diamond In Your Pocket