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

 

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SELF KNOWLEDGE आत्मा ज्ञानम् ATMA GNANAM
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Self-knowledge the Jewel Yoga Forgot

Questioning our existence, asking ‘WHO AM I?’, traditionally the Self-Knowledge teacher, wields words and a unique teaching methodology, to break open the vault of time and reveal the true immutable Self shining all powerfully and eternally as ‘I’ – Atma.

Self-Knowledge is the direct path to Self-Realisation. Anadhigata – knowledge that is not available from any other source and abhadita – because it talks of the timeless immutability of the true Self – it is knowledge that is never subject to cancellation. Self-Knowledge has been uplifting and resolving the problem of human suffering for countless generations. Prior to the modern revivalist movement in India reviving its teaching and methodology by translating the teaching into English, orthodoxy and the caste system forbid sharing of Atma Gnanam with the common man. Traditionally only taught in Sanskrit to males, means you and me would never get the teaching. Still today, finding a person educated in Self-Knowledge who is willing to teach is rare.

Taught by Krsna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Ghita and revived by Adi Shankara 2500 years ago, the teaching of Atma Gnanam is nothing less than the flowering of the human being in the knowledge of the Divine. 

“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 the existence wanting to know the nature and truth of the human being we have always had to go to the Upanishads.

Not for everyone, asking the question ‘Who am I? it takes a particular type of wit and intellect to stomach the truth. 

Having said that, the teachings of Self-Knowledge could not come at a better time.

Knowledge for the igeneration, as popular as yoga is today the timeless teachings will be for all future generations.

Called Sampradaya, tradition is a human Blockchain, the human ledger of knowledge kept alive through the ocean of time. Since the dawn of civilisation, whenever man questioned the nature himself and meaning of existence the answer, already being himself has always been there. Yet because seeing things only relatively, we fail to see the non-relative absolute truth of ourselves – this remaining natures best kept secret has always been left up to the teacher.
Keeping the teachings alive, the Sampradaya is a living tradition of teachers, making sure the knowledge and teaching stay ongoing. 

As timeless as the Self Atman so are the teachings of the Upanishads called Self-knowledge – 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, including mathematics, science, physics, chemistry etc. the vedas being relative only deal with the world of relativity and matter we can see around us. Incapable of answering questions of a non-relative nature, throughout history this has always been left up to 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 my true nature (only hidden by a dark cloud of ignorance) means searching anywhere for happiness is a huge mistake. Spending your whole life looking in all the wrong places the result is pain, misery and endless suffering.  

Fortunately just like the sun destroys the darkness, because Self-Knowledge destroys all my ignorance, knowing my true nature is happiness all the suffering stops.
Called moksha, freedom or liberation, that
 moksha, bliss is our true nature already is what the sages and prophets have been telling human beings throughout the ages. No matter how much time is spent in contemplation, meditating or doing yoga, as long as my ignorance remains that long, the 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 married to the ocean, is whole and complete in itself and needs nothing to make it ocean (it can’t escape being ocean!), so no practice is needed or can 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, having a prepared mind a person can’t avoid the truth. 

Getting in a crisis is all part of the preparation. Crisis gives birth to the seeker and taking on the role of student prepares us to accept the inevitable. Already questioning, sick of the constant roller coaster ride of life and being in a constant tumble dryer, sick of surviving one crisis and conflict after another, to solve the crisis come and join us at one of our events or contact us personally. 



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