Self-knowledge | ISHTA VIDYA इष्ट विद्या |

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Absolute Knowledge. The Power of ‘I’  Atma आत्मा 

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The Teaching Yoga Forgot

Atma Vidya आत्मा विद्या (Self-knowledge) is the little known quintessential teaching of the Upanishads and Advaita Vedanta.

Questioning ourselves as human beings, wanting to know the truth of our existence, we have always been able to go to the upanishads. As timeless as time itself, the teachings of Atma Vidya cure us of our human ignorance. Successfully answering all our questions, for countless generations, Atma Vidya has been uplifting human beings by revealing the truth. Called pramana, the means of knowledge, Atma Vidya, and the words of the teacher reveal the truth. Atma Vidya is: Anadhigata abadhita jnana janakam sastram” – knowledge which is not available from any other source. Once known, being the truth of who we areit is is never subject to cancelation.  

Atma Vidya by destroying all our ignorance, solves the problem of being human and cures all suffering. Its survival as a teaching was so important to Sri Adi Shankara 2500 years ago, that the sage dedicated his whole life to its revival. Then becoming shrouded in mystery and religious orthodoxy, since its revival by Shankara it has become taboo to teach Atma Vidya to the lower caste and to women. Only ever taught by priests in Sanskrit, to stop the knowledge from getting lost again, modern revivalists, breaking with tradition, have translated Atma Vidya and its methodology into English. Bringing Atma Vidya and the knowledge out of the dark ages, the teaching is being made available to the general public for the very first time.


As timeless as the Self Atman so are the Upanishadic teachings of Self-knowledge – Atma Vidya आत्मा विद्या 

As the wave of modern yoga and spirituality pushes higher due to popular demand, Self-Knowledge comes to show us the true path to happiness and liberation – moksha – has always been knowledge.

Upanishadic Wisdom

The vedas are said to be the oldest books of mankind. Older and superior to the Vedas, yet part of the vedas are the upanishads. Like all other relative systems of knowledge – mathematics, science, physics, chemistry etc. the vedas only dealing with relativity and the objective world we see around us are incapable of answering questions of a non-relative nature. Throughout human history this has always been the job of the upanishads.
Absolutely rational,
upanishadic wisdom takes away the responsibility of unraveling the mysteries of creation from mathematics, physics and chemistry etc.  

The revolution in modern thinking. Yoga’s next wave

‘As long as creation remains a secret to us and we remain a secret to ourselves we suffer. Our modern education and upbringing forces us to look for happiness in the world. Religion and spirituality takes this one step further, telling us that eternal happiness lies within or is waiting for us in the hereafter. Both these ideas are false. Because happiness is already our true nature (only hidden beneath a cloud of ignorance) searching anywhere else other than ourselves for happiness is a mistake. Spending our whole lives searching, the more we go on looking in all the wrong places, the more pain, suffering and misery we all experience.  

Fortunately just like the sun destroys the darkness, Self-Knowledge, Atma Vidya, because it destroys our ignorance, cures all our suffering.
What sages and prophets have been trying to tell us for generations throughout history, that bliss and moksha and liberation, is already ours, gained already, being our true nature as human beings, means doing anything to get it, our desires are never fulfilled and destination never reached!
All that is needed is pointing out. Once our true nature is pointed to us by a teacher, instantly free, we cannot believe how foolish we have beenAs long as we keep looking in the world, the longer it stays hidden and we stay ignorant. Like the clouds keep covering up the sun, as long as our true nature stays hidden, that long we stay stuck in the dark and keep on suffering.’

Knowledge for the i generation

For the little wave to appear separate from the ocean, the whole ocean has to come into existence first.
For us to appear separate from each other and the creation, the whole Creation has to first come into existence!

However as much as the little wave in the ocean is never separate from ocean, already free, being married to the ocean already it doesn’t have to do anything to free itself. So we don’t have to learn who we are or do anything to free and be ourselves. All we need is for someone to point it out. 

To deal with the sense of separation all we need to do is remove our sense of incompleteness by removing our ignorance of ourselves. This is what Self-Knowledge is here to teach us. 

Just like the little wave, already perfect, already whole and complete, being water, needs nothing to complete itself and make it ocean, so we need nothing to make us more whole and complete than we are already.