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


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The Teaching Yoga Forgot

Questioning our true nature wanting to know the nature of existence, comes down to knowing one thing:‘WHO AM I?’. Self-Knowledge has always given the complete answer. Revived by Adi Shankara 2500 years ago, the teaching of आत्मा ज्ञानम् ATMA GNANAM is the direct path to Self transformation through realisation. Breaking the time barrier, आत्मा ज्ञानम् ATMA GNANAM answering all our questions brings us back to our true nature lying dormant. Shining eternally as ‘I’, ATMAN, the Self never changes. Ever available, we don’t have to go anywhere to be ourselves.

Because its timeless teaching has always been hallowed, hidden in orthodoxy and secrecy, prior to India’s modern revivalists breaking with tradition and translating Self-Knowledge and its methodology into English, Atma Gnanam was never available to the common man.

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

The key to Self-Knowledge is its methodology.  Unlocking the truth, the one knowing the methodology, who has gained the understanding can unlock the timeless secret of the Self for others.

Sastra is defined as “anadhigata abadhita jnana janakam sastram”.

Successfully uplifting and resolving the problem of human suffering throughout the ages, known as anadhigata – knowledge which cannot be gained from any other source and abhadita – knowledge which once gained is never subject to cancellation, (because it is the Truth) Self-Knowledge has traditionally only ever been taught in Sanskrit to single males. Even today, finding a Self-Knowledge teacher educated 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 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 our existence wanting to know the true meaning of what it means to be human we have always had to go to the Upanishads.

Self-Knowledge is not for everyone. Wanting to know ‘Who I am?’, takes a particular type of wit and intellect. To be able to stomach the truth the mind needs to be made ready. This is the job of the teacher.

All humans suffer on account of one thing: ignorance – avidya – of the nature of happinessFinding out the true nature and meaning of happiness, frees the person from all pain and suffering.   

Knowledge for the igeneration, as meaningful as yoga is today, the timeless teachings of Self-Knowledge are for all the future generations.

Tradition like a human Blockchain is a human ledger of knowledge that has been kept alive through the passage of time. Called SAMPRADAYA, since the dawn of civilisation, whenever man has questioned his unique nature, the answer already none other than oneself – has always been there. Seeing only relatively, taking our own existence for granted we fail to see our true non-relative nature as the Seer. Pointing out the true nature of Self has always been the job of the teacher.

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

As the wave of modern yoga and spirituality pushes 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 by a cloak of ignorance) means searching anywhere is a mistake. Spending your whole life looking, we keep searching in all the wrong places. The result is pain, misery and suffering.  

Fortunately just like the sun destroys the darkness, so Self-Knowledge destroys all 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 the Jeeva (individualised soul) from the pain of suffering.

As long as ignorance is there, that long the 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 has to come into existence first! 

Already married to ocean, as a wave in the ocean I don’t have to learn how to be ocean. I only need to be shown my ignorance. 

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

For Self-Knowledge no practice or exercise is needed.

Just like the wave, already perfect, whole and complete in itself 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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