Self-knowledge | ISHTA VIDYA इष्ट विद्या |

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Absolute Knowledge. The Power of ‘I’  Atma आत्मा 

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The Teaching Yoga Forgot

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 ignorance. Successfully answering all our questions, for countless generations Atma Vidya has been revealing the truth uplifting human beings. Called pramana, the means of knowledge, the teacher of Atma Vidya, using words, reveals the truth. Anadhigata abadhita jnana janakam sastram” – knowledge which is not available from any other source, once known, being the truthit is is never subject to cancelation.  

Atma Vidya by destroying all our ignorance, solves the problem of being human and cures all suffering. The survival of the 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 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 of the human being out of the dark ages, the teaching is being made available to the general public for the very first time.


 

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

As the wave of modern yoga and spirituality pushes higher due to popular demand, Self-Knowledge comes to show us 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. Superior to the Vedas, but part of the vedas are the upanishads. Like all relative systems of knowledge; mathematics, science, physics, chemistry etc. the vedas only deal with the relative world we see around us. Incapable of answering questions of a non-relative nature, throughout history this has always been the job of the teacher of the upanishads.
Absolutely rational,
upanishadic wisdom takes 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 secret to us and we remain a secret to ourselves we suffer. Our modern education and upbringing forces us to look for happiness in the world. Religion and spirituality takes this one step further, telling us that eternal happiness lies within or is waiting for us in the hereafter. Both these ideas are false. Because happiness is already our true nature (only hidden beneath a cloud of ignorance) searching anywhere for happiness is a mistake. Spending our whole lives searching, the more we go on looking in all the wrong places, the more pain, suffering and misery we all experience.  

Fortunately just like the sun destroys the darkness, Self-Knowledge, Atma Vidya, destroys our ignorance and cures our suffering.
What the sages and prophets have been trying to tell us throughout history, that the bliss and moksha of liberation, is already 
our true nature as human beings, gained already, means there is nothing we can do to get it!
All we need is pointing out. Once our true nature is shown to us we are instantly
 freeAs long as it stays hidden and we stay ignorant, like the clouds covering up the sun, that long we stay in the dark and keep on suffering.’

Knowledge for the i generation

For the little wave to appear separate from the ocean, the whole ocean has to exist.
For us to appear separate from 
the creation, the whole Creation has come into existence!

As much as the little wave in the ocean is already free, being married to the ocean already and doesn’t have to free itself. So we don’t have to learn or do anything to free and be ourselves. All we need is someone to point this out. 

To deal with the sense of separation and our sense of incompleteness and get rid of our ignorance is what Self-Knowledge is here to teach us. 

Just like the little wave, already perfect, whole and complete already being water needs nothing to complete itself and be ocean, so nothing we do can make us more our best whole and complete Self than we are already.