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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 ignorance. Successfully answering all our questions, for countless generations Atma Vidya has been revealing the truth uplifting human beings. Called pramana, the means of knowledge, the teacher of Atma Vidya, using words, reveals the truth. “Anadhigata abadhita jnana janakam sastram” – knowledge which is not available from any other source, once known, being the truth, it is is never subject to cancelation.
Atma Vidya by destroying all our ignorance, solves the problem of being human and cures all suffering. The survival of the 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 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 of the human being out of the dark ages, the teaching is being made available to the general public for the very first time.
Knowledge for the i generation
For the little wave to appear separate from the ocean, the whole ocean has to exist.
For us to appear separate from the creation, the whole Creation has come into existence!
As much as the little wave in the ocean is already free, being married to the ocean already and doesn’t have to free itself. So we don’t have to learn or do anything to free and be ourselves. All we need is someone to point this out.
To deal with the sense of separation and our sense of incompleteness and get rid of our ignorance is what Self-Knowledge is here to teach us.
Just like the little wave, already perfect, whole and complete already being water needs nothing to complete itself and be ocean, so nothing we do can make us more our best whole and complete Self than we are already.