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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 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 are, it 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.
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.