Self-Knowledge – The Power of ‘I’ ATMA आत्मा 


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Questioning the nature of existence, asking ‘WHO AM I?’, Self-Knowledge gives the complete answer. Revived by Adi Shankara 2500 years ago आत्मा ज्ञानम् ATMA GNANAM is the direct path to Self-Realisation. Answering the question of existence and what it means to be human आत्मा ज्ञानम् ATMA GNANAM breaks the barrier of time to reveal the immutability and changeless nature of the ever present Self shining eternally as ‘I’, ATMAN. Hallowed and hidden in orthodoxy, prior to India’s modern revivalist movement translating the teaching and methodology into English, Atma Gnanam was not available.  

As the seer of time, throughout the ages Self outshines and outlives everything. That the knowledge of Self and the method of teaching still survives is testimony to its profound nature and to the endurance of human spirit.

Successfully uplifting and resolving the problem of human suffering through countless generations, known as Anadhigata – knowledge which is not available from any other source and Abhadita – knowledge which once gained is never subject to cancellation, traditionally only taught in Sanskrit to single males, even today, finding a Self-Knowledge teacher educated in the tradition, fluent in its methodology is rare.

Taught by Bhagavan Krsna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Ghita, the teaching of आत्मा ज्ञानम् ATMA GNANAM is the flowering of the human being in the knowledge of their Divine nature.

– “The highest aim of religion is Atma-Jnanam, Self-knowledge.” The Holy Science by Sri Yukteswar. (Guru of Paramahamsa Yogananda author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

Questioning our existence wanting to know the truth we have always had to go to the Upanishads.

Self-Knowledge is not for everyone. Questioning the truth asking ‘Who am I?’, takes a particular type of wit and intellect. 

Having said that the teaching of Self-Knowledge could not be available at a better time. All suffering is on account of ignorance avidya. By finding out the true nature and meaning of ones existence, freedom from avidya leads to freedom from all suffering.  

Knowledge for the igeneration, as popular and meaningful as yoga and spirituality is today, these timeless teachings of Self-Knowledge will be for future generations.

Tradition is a human Blockchain, a human ledger. Knowledge kept alive throughout time. Called SAMPRADAYA, since the dawn of civilisation, man having questioned his true nature wanting to know the real meaning of existence – the answer – already none other than ones self – has always been there. Because we can only see things relatively, (relative to our ideas of ourselves,) we fail to see the non-relative nature of ourselves that is ever present. This has always been natures best kept secret that has always been up to the teacher or Self-Knowledfe to reveal.

Kept sacred, the teachings stay alive because of Sampradaya. As a living tradition of teachers, dedicated to making the knowledge available the teaching is ongoing.

As timeless as the Self Atman so are the Upanishadic teachings of Self-knowledge – आत्मा ज्ञानम् ATMA GNANAM 

As the wave of modern spirituality and yoga pushes higher and higher due to popular demand, Self-knowledge comes to show us that 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. As part of the vedas, older than the vedas are the upanishads. Like all relative systems of knowledge though, including mathematics, science, physics, chemistry etc. the vedas being relative only deal with the world of relativity and matter we see around us. Incapable of answering questions of a non-relative nature, throughout history this has always been left up to the teacher versed in the upanishads. Absolutely rational, the upanishads take 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 mystery and we remain a mystery to ourselves we suffer. Our education and upbringing teaches us to look for happiness in the world. Religion and modern spirituality take it one step further telling you to look within or that eternal happiness lies waiting in the hereafter. Both these ideas are false. Happiness already being our true nature (only hidden by a cloak of ignorance) means searching anywhere for happiness is a huge mistake. Spending your whole life looking in all the wrong places results in pain, misery and endless suffering.  

Fortunately just like the sun destroys the darkness, because Self-Knowledge destroys our ignorance, all suffering stops.
What the sages and prophets have been pointing out through the ages, moksha, freedom or liberation
 already being ours and bliss already being our true nature, means no matter how much effort we put into contemplating, meditating or dong yoga, as long as my ignorance remains that long my suffering continues.’

Knowledge for the i generation

For the wave to even appear separate from ocean, the whole ocean has to be there. For us to appear separate from the Creation, the whole Creation needs to be there and has to come into existence first! 

How to deal with the appearance and our notions of separation is what Self-Knowledge is all about and here to teach us. 

Yoga for the i-generation. For Self-Knowledge no practice or exercise is needed.

Just like the wave, already perfect, already whole and complete, already being married to the ocean, needs nothing to complete itself (it can’t avoid being ocean!) so nothing is needed to make you more your best whole and complete Self than you are already.

Ignorance being all that stands in the way; knowledge – Self-Knowledge fixes it.

Gaining a prepared mind as a student has always been the job of the teacher and teachings. To know the Truth of oneself, a person needs to be prepared to accept the truth. Called mumukshutwam or adhikari, once a person has a prepared mind, drowning in an ocean of truth already, the person can’t avoid the truth. 

Getting in a crisis is all part of the equation. Crisis by giving birth to the seeker meeting the teacher gives birth to the student. The role of student prepares us to accept the inevitable. Already questioning, sick of the constant roller coaster ride of life, all out of options surviving, the one crisis needing fixing is ‘I’.

If you want to solve the crisis and mystery of this ‘I’ come and join us at one of our events or contact us personally.

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