The Greatest Secret
It is said there is nothing new under the sun. When it comes to the human being, as the seer of time, Self outshines and outlives everything.
Described by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita as brighter than a thousand exploding suns, shining through the mists of time, the teaching and teacher of Self-knowledge; Atma Vidya आत्मा विद्या has always shone brightest.
Resolving mans greatest mystery the mystery and enigma that is ourselves and our human existence, Self-knowledge by revealing the truth of who we are, unlocks the universal secret and eternal mystery that is man himself.
Adi Shankara (509-477BCE) India’s great saint, spent his life dedicated to the revival of Self Knowledge.
Having stood the test of time, after saving countless generations before us from needless pain and suffering, flawlessly revealing the universal nature and truth we all are, the teaching remains as ever fresh and inexhaustible as the day it first dawned and and Truth was heard.
When the teaching threatened to disappear 2500 years ago, to stop the teaching from going extinct and save future it for generations, Adi Shankara (509-477BCE) India’s great saint, spent his life dedicated to it’s revival.
“The secret to the teaching of Self-knowledge is its methodology. After Shankara revived the teaching, priests thought to safeguard the teaching of Self-knowledge, they’d keep it secret and ‘in house’. “
Hidden in secrecy, over time, it got lost in religious taboo and orthodoxy. Its methodology forgotten soon Self-knowledge teaching became so secret it became secret even to the priests themselves.
Had Indian modernists not stepped in and revived the teaching of Self-knowledge and rediscovered its methodology, Atma Vidya could possibly have disappeared for good.
Translating Atma Vidya from Sanskrit into English for the first time, modernists teaching Self-knowledge to children in primary schools are reviving the tradition.
No longer the exception, to become educated and ‘enlightened’ to our true nature as human beings in Self-knowledge, is easy.
What was once kept a secret, is no longer exclusive. Consciousness being common and universal is not exceptional. The teaching that teaches us the truth of who we are, is now available in English.
Through education, what once was once thought exceptional, becomes the new norm. Only a generation ago, a child being able to read and write would have been thought impossible. Now through education, a child by the age of eight is expected to read and write or considered to have a learning disability. No longer the exception, to become educated and ‘enlightened’ to our true nature as human beings is Self-knowledge.
The less we limit ourselves and more normal our human behaviour becomes, no longer governed and dictated to by ignorance, knowing ourselves as the Truth, we can no longer destroy ourselves and the world we inhabit. Thriving in the truth, enjoying the wonderment we can go about saving rather than destroying our only Planet Earth.