Self-knowledge | ISHTA VIDYA इष्ट विद्या |

Whatever we love the most, sanctifying and worshiping that alone, we make it our god.
Called our Ishta Deva or Devata, our Ishta can be anything. Dragging us like a magnet to the Truth,
when we are one with our beloved Ishta, we are at peace and at our most powerful.
That is 

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Self-Knowledge – The Knowledge We Almost Forgot

Through the ocean of time, especially in times of crisis,  since man first questioned himself and his existence, the teachings of ATMA VIDYA आत्मा विद्या (Self-knowledge) have always answered all of our questions and survived.

We are not the first to question ourselves and our existence, nor will we be the last. Uplifting countless generations before us, when the knowledge threatened to go extinct and disappear 2500 years ago, to ensure it’s survival for future generations, Adi Shankara (509–477 BCE), India’s great saint and revivalist, dedicated his life to its revival.

Thinking by keeping it secret they would safeguard the teachings, after Shankara, priests kept the teaching so secret and so well hidden, it got lost in religious taboo and orthodoxy and became so secret it became a secret even to themselves. Had India’s modernists not revived the teaching of Self-knowledge and rediscovered it’s methodology in the 21st century, the teaching could have been lost to humanity for good. 

Dragging ‘enlightenment’ out of the dark ages, knowing what has always been the preserve of yogi monk’s, saints and sages in India and only available to those who knew sanskrit is now easy. After translating ATMA VIDYA आत्मा विद्या (Self-knowledge) into English, Self-knowledge is being taught to children in primary schools in India.

Have you have ever questioned and wanted to know the truth of your existence.
Have you have ever wished the stars could speak.
Have you ever wanted answers to questions knowing which there are no further questions.
Let the wisdom of the ages and knowledge that is eternal speak to you through the timeless teaching of Self-knowledge.

Share in the wisdom and teaching of the ages.
Using sanskrit as little as possible, our popular courses on Self-knowledge are offered ‘live’ online as well as on retreat gatherings worldwide. 

 Self-knowledge – K n o w l e d g e  f o r  l i f e

Questioning the questioner, both question and questioner arising out of the same creation, means, answering one you get the answer to both. Questioning ‘who I am’, the question being absolute, demands the absolute answer. This has always been the job of the upanishads and the teacher versed in Self-knowledge. Once the question of the one questioning is answered, all our questions are answered. 

Through Education What Was Once Considered Exceptional Becomes ‘The New Norm’ 

Any child being able to read and write a few decades ago would have been thought exceptional.
Now children by the age of 8 are expected to read and write or are considered challenged.

Reviving Atma Vidya आत्मा विद्या modernists are teaching knowledge that was once the preserve of yogi monks and saints to school children, so that all future generations can benefit and no longer will knowing the true nature of a human being be considered exceptional.  

If a child at primary school can get educated and understand the truth, so can anyone.

Atma Vidya आत्मा विद्या – by destroying ignorance cures all suffering.

Replacing the traditional mantle of ‘guru’ and the role of ‘ashram’ with the modern school classroom, India is excavating its past and reaching ‘back to the future” is save future generations from needless suffering.

Ignorance; The root cause of all human suffering. 

Resurrecting what was once available only if you spoke sanskrit and available to single males, Self-knowledge retraces humanities footsteps back to the very beginning. Bringing back the past, Self-knowledge reveals our true timeless, eternal nature as permanent. Knowing your true nature brings absolute inner peace. While a secular education gives relative skills and afford’s relative comfort’s in the world, modernists argue without Self-knowledge the education of the human being is incomplete.
To live comfortably and enjoy absolute peace and happiness, each person must get educated in their absolute nature als well.

Teachers trained in Self-knowledge, tasked with including Self-knowledge in classes on mathematics, science and geography etc. are yielding a 100% pass rate in Indian 27 schools year on year.
The results speak for themselves.

Through its modern revival, following India’s example, soon not knowing your true nature as a human being will be the exception rather than the rule.

Other than food, clothing, water and a place to sleep human beings lack nothing.

As human beings, we spend our entire life on earth trying to free what is perpetually free and make whole what is already perpetually whole and complete. The source of endless mirth and amusement to a yogi – one who knows, born virtually blind at birth into a creation we know nothing about, living in a body we know nothing about, while we experience nothing but creation 24/7 as long as we remain ignorant of the meaning and purpose of existence our suffering and confusion continues.
Stumbling around in a the dark, living in a perpetual blindfold, as we s
urvive crisis after crisis, battling through never ending conflict – our suffering seems so real and unavoidable, ye it turns out that suffering is not what creation had in mind for us. 

Eventually in crisis forced to stop and question ourselves, we are forced to consider.

Only when the crisis no longer relative is ourselves, when we are the crisis, no longer blaming everything else, trying to find the meaning and reason out our existence, we end up questioning the very thing that needs questioning the most: ourselves.

While creation is just getting on with its business as usual and having no problems, we seem to have a problem. So if we alone have a problem who needs questioning the most?

Questioning the human being, our being the only thing in a crisis, we need to answer the question of ourselves.

If the problem and thing needing fixing is ourselves, we must also be the solution.
And this turns out to absolutely be the case.

To stop stumbling around in perpetual darkness and remove all our suffering all we need is to remove the blindfold of ignorance. Knowledge – Self-knowledge – removed the blindfold. No longer living under the burden of our ignorance we get rid of all the blackness and suffering.

Until we get in a crisis that is big enough no one wants to know this. Only in crisis do we wish to get out and be free

Being the freedom yet struggling to be free is the supreme human paradox. This struggle is the great irony. Generations who have come and gone before us have shouldered the same burden. Burdened by unnecessary pain, once we are no longer a mystery to ourselves, creation can no longer be a mystery, and death is no longer a burden.
Through knowledge we realise there has never been such a thing as death. Always only life and the living, life becomes one of absolute peace. Knowing our true nature as eternal, ever whole and complete, our crisis is over.

Being born ignorant doesn’t mean you have to stay ignorant. No one should die ignorant.

Unhappiness is never real. Nor is happiness ever a Goal or a Destination

As long as happiness is still a goal and a destination, that long we still don’t know the truth and will continue to suffer.

The longer you keep on ignoring our true nature, living in the stone age we are stuck living in a vacuum and true happiness and freedom always a dream can never be ours.  

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

Without Self-knowledge there is no such thing as yoga. Without the knowledge of oneness separation is still possible. Always seeing ourselves as separate, our ignorance separates us from the truth. Then true yoga cannot happen. In the end our ignorance is all that separates us.
Yoga happens when there is no longer any split or apparent separation from Self. This in the upanishads is called kevalyam.

The modern revival of Self-knowledge heralds the end of the search. The new age of yoga. The yoga of awakening. Self-knowledge is the end of ‘enlightenment’ and end of Self-realisation. Rather than just stretching our bodies, Self-knowledge invites you to stretch the mind and venture from the unknown to the known, from limitation to that which knows no limitation.
Showing us our true nature as pure wisdom, true understanding, pure intelligence and happiness, Self-knowledge ATMA VIDYA is the true path to moksha – absolute freedom.  

The key that unlocks yoga has always been the knowing of Self. Knowledge of the knower. 

Upanishadic Wisdom

The vedas are said to be the oldest books of mankind. Part of the vedas, yet older than the Vedas are the upanishads. While the vedas like all relative systems of knowledge – e.g. mathematics, science, physics, chemistry etc. can only deal with the relative world of matter and form we see around us, incapable of answering questions of a non-relative nature, this has always been left up to the upanishads. Revealing the timeless truth of the Self, the absolute ‘Seer’ of time, to which all knowledge relates, the upanishads are thus regarded as superior to any other form of knowledge.

Absolutely rational, upanishadic wisdom reveals and unravels the true mystery of creation that is yourself, takes away that responsibility from mathematics, physics, science and chemistry etc.