You may not believe me, but when you write: “Are there any members of this list who long to receive a real, non-conceptual answer to this question, ‘Who am I?’. It might take the form of a longing to disappear in God, it might take the form of great longing to know what is really true, of what can I be so certain that, for the sake of it, I would surrender my position in society, the affection of all my friends, the respect of the world, all my possessions and also my life. Is there a truth that is known with one’s totality, not just one’s mind? Is there any one like that?” —when you write that, I agree with you 100%.
Vedanta is not about intellectual questions and answers. The problem is not an intellectual one, but a spiritual one. It can’t be solved by the ‘intellectual faculty’ of the mind. It has to be solved by the ‘spiritual faculty’ of the mind, i.e. the mind’s capacity to turn inwards and directly intuit the Self as it is (which is beyond the mind). It’s not about refuting the Buddhists and some theorists. Vedanta is about purifying the mind, turning inwards and taking a stand in your True Self. (From a debate in Internet by the advaitin group – 2002)