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    Is it paradoxical to say "I dont exist"?

    Is it paradoxical to say "I dont exist" since when you say "I", it represents mere existence and when you say "dont exist" it means "Mere existence dont exist" but in the beginning you have asserted your existence by saying "I".Unless you are sure and certain of your existence you wont say "I" and then you say "dont exist" which appears to be contradictory.So isnt it paradoxical when you say "I dont exist"

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    I don't know which philosophy u used to ask whether it is a paradox. Before, I begin this discussion, I'd like to ask you, are u asking' this question in terms or shunyata vada ? or advaitha ? or dvaitha ? If you're asking this from the view point of advaitha, then I'd like to inform you that it all depends on the meaning of the word 'I' or 'I'ness that the devotee or philosopher uses. It does become a paradox, in terms of dvaitha and shunyata vada. But, I don't know about advaitha.
    I don't know who I am, nor what I am.
    I don't know what I need to know.
    I don't know who you are, nor what you are.
    All I know is that you love me, Oh Sarvathma.
    Lead me on the righteous path, so that I may reach you.

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    Re: Is it paradoxical to say "I dont exist"?

    It depends on what the 'I' is identified with when we make the statement. Suppose I call myself a cop and am not, then 'I don't exist' would only refer to my identity (or the lack) as a cop. Suppose we go further and relate all identity to "I" and deny it, it'd be pure awareness denying the "I".

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