Nondual Teaching: What is Self-Inquiry?

Nondual teacher Francis Lucille talks about what self-inquiry is in this short clip excerpted from “Western Masters of Non-Duality” by


[Self-inquiry] is an investigation into the nature of consciousness, of the, what I call, the core of our experience, the reality of our experience, the reality of that which we are. To be more precise, it is an attempt using all means at our disposal to find an answer to the question: “What is the evidence, if any, that this consciousness, which is hearing these words right now, is limited, personal, separate, rather than universl, divine, infininte, eternal?”

At the end of that process, it will become clear, if we’re thorough and if we are interested, that there is no such evidence. This stage is important because up until this conviction has been established, there is no possiblity for us to have access to our true being. This belief in a separate self precludes us from discovering that which we truly are.

The discovery of that which we truly are is the revelation. It reveals itself. There is nothing to do for that revelation to happen. We can make it possible with investigation. The investigation is the process of discrimination between the self and the non-self that, in a sense, already prepares the mind and the body to receive the gift of grace.

About Francis Lucille

Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher of the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). He became a disciple of Jean Klein, a French Advaita teacher whom he met in 1975. This was the beginning of a close association that lasted until the death of his friend and spiritual master in 1998. Jean Klein’s own guru, “Panditji” Rao, whom he met in India in the nineteen-fifties, was a college professor in Bengalore who taught Sanskrit and belonged to a lineage of traditional Advaita Vedanta teachers.

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