What does it mean , that thoughts arise but they are not me ? Which you notice is that thoughts arise and subside and there is a space . They arise and subside and there is a space - just like the ocean : it arises , waves subside and there is a space . Which you notice is that thoughts come and go , feelings come and go , every thing comes and goes . But the ? ? ? ? is that the space is always there . The question always to ask is , first:
Are you identifiing with the thoughts , feelings , emotions , associations , perceptions , or are you identifiing with the consciousness that is underneath it ? Are you identifing with the waves of the ocean or are you the ocean itself ? So - if you're identified with the waves of the thought , then you'll experience the thought as if it separate from the ocean . But actually it's the waves are part of the ocean , the thoughts are part of the ocean . There is no separate individual I or You , just like you can't separate the waves from the ocean itself . And Maharaji goes one step further . He says actually , you don't have thoughts Thoughts are collective . They come later and then you take the mind the ownership of them and the authorship of them on , as if they were you . But they are not you at all .
So , identifie as the ocean rather than the waves of the ocean .
Identifie as the underline consciousness rather that the thougths as yourself .