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


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The Teaching Yoga Forgot

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  time barrier to reveal the immutable changeless nature of the ever present Self shining eternally as ‘I’, ATMAN. Hallowed and hidden in orthodoxy, prior to India’s modern revivalists translating the teaching and methodology into English, Atma Gnanam was not available to the commoner.  

As the seer of time, Self outshines and outlives everything. That Self-Knowledge and its method of teaching still survives is testimony to its profound nature and tenacity of the human spirit.

Successfully uplifting and resolving the problem of human suffering throughout the generations, known as Anadhigata – knowledge which can not be gained 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 nothing less than 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 of who we are we have always had to go to the Upanishads.

Self-Knowledge is not for everyone. Wanting to know ‘Who I am?’, it takes a particular type of wit and intellect to be able to stomach the answer.  

Having said that, the teaching of Self-Knowledge could not have been revived at a better time. All human suffering is on account of one thing ignorance avidya. Finding out the true nature and meaning of ones existence, frees the person from all pain and suffering.  

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

Tradition is a human Blockchain; a human ledger of knowledge kept alive through time. Called SAMPRADAYA, since the dawn of civilisation, man questioning his true nature, wanting answers to the real meaning of existence – finds the answer – already none other than oneself – is already there. Seeing only relatively we fail to see the non-relative nature of the seer that is ever present. This has always been the job of the teacher or Self-Knowledge.

Regarded as sacred, the reason the teachings stay alive is because of Sampradaya. As a living tradition of teachers, dedicated to keeping the knowledge alive 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 gets pushed higher and higher due to popular demand, Self-knowledge comes to show 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 is still a secret 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 us to look within or that eternal happiness lies in the hereafter. Both these ideas are false. Happiness already being our true nature (only hidden behind a cloak of ignorance) means searching anywhere for happiness is a mistake. Spending your whole life looking in all the wrong places results in pain, misery and suffering.  

Fortunately just like the sun destroys the darkness, Self-Knowledge destroys our ignorance.
What the sages and prophets have been pointing out through the ages, moksha, liberation
 already being ours and bliss already our true nature; already gained, means all thats needed is knowledge. Understanding our true nature, knowledge instantly frees us from the pain of suffering. As long as ignorance is there, that long our suffering continues.’

Knowledge for the i generation

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

Already married to the ocean the wave doesn’t need to learn how to be ocean. It only needs to let go its ignorance. 

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

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

Just like the wave, already perfect, whole and complete as it is needs nothing to complete itself and become part of ocean, so nothing is needed to make you more your best whole and complete Self than you are already.

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