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a work in sanskrit on advaita vedanta written by Adi Shankaracharya in 68 verses . Overview of Vedanta for general understanding of the subject. A bit technical. Adi Shankaracharya Swami Sivananda Swami Tapovanji Swami . ATMA BODHA IS A Prakarna Grantha, dealing with Knowledge of the Self. Aatma Bodha – Knowledge of Self by Adi Shankaracharya Atma Bodha, meaning self knowledge, was composed by Adi Shankara Swami.

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As pots and jars are verily made of clay and cannot be said to be anything but clay, so too, to the enlightened soul and that is perceived is the Self. After crossing the ocean of delusion and killing the monsters of likes and dislikes, the Yogi who is united with peace dwells in the glory of his own realised Self — as an Atmaram.

If any object other than Brahman appears to exist, it is unreal like the mirage. Adi Shankara is believed to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and the founder of the Shanmata tradition of worship. These material-objects by themselves cannot illumine themselves because they are inert.

All objects are pervaded by Brahman. The self-abiding Jivanmukta, states verses of Atmabodha, is satisfied with his state of bliss derived from Atman soul, selfis free from hate for anyone, seeks unity, is perfected in peace, grows radiant, rejoices with what he has, is the one who “shines inwardly, like a lamp placed inside a vase”.

Though he lives in the conditionings Upadhishe, the contemplative one, remains ever unconcerned with anything or he may move about like the wind, perfectly unattached. On the destruction of ignorance Atman is realised. A liberated one, endowed with Self-knowledge, gives up the traits of his previously explained equipments Upadhis and because of his nature of Sat-chit-ananda, he verily becomes Brahman like the worm that grows to be a wasp.

Nikhilananda states that Shankara’s Vedic non-dualistic Advaita philosophy is based on the divinity of the soul, the unity of existence, the Oneness of the Godhead. Bydlo Suka rated it it was amazing Jul 05, Knowledge does verily destroy ignorance as light destroys deep darkness. Ritual cannot dispel ignorance, because they are not mutually contradictory.

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The world which is full of attachments, aversions, etc. Ayurveda Dhanurveda Natya Shastra Sthapatyaveda. It is not through rituals but through wisdom, one learns to discriminate the real from the unreal and gains liberation. Liberation-while-living means that the wise person, having abandoned his former limitations and qualities, and acquiring the properties of being, consciousness and blissattains Brahman, in the same way as the worm becomes the wasp.

Sri Shankaracharya – Atma Bodha by Swami Nikhilananda – PDF Drive

Working on this version very slowly, since it contains the original Sanskrit and with that I’m just a beginner: Every object is such because. And by discovering your inner Self you experience the infinite, all pervading Brahman. The place for experiencing happiness and misery, which is made up of the fivefold compounds of the great elements and is obtained as the result of past actions, is called the dense body.

The Soul appears to be finite because of ignorance. Biju Jalal rated it it was amazing Jun 07, On account of Its being of the nature of endless Bliss, It does not admit of such distinctions within Itself.

A rated it really liked it Aug 13, One should understand the self to be always like a king, different from the body, senses, mind, consciousness, and eyes, the witness of their activities. As cooking is impossible atmabodhz fire, so is liberation impossible without knowledge.

The ego-centric individuality in us regains fearlessness by realising that It is not a Jiva but shankaraharya Itself the Supreme Soul. They belong, therefore, to the consciousness and not to the self.

Atmabodha text reiterates that the Path of Knowledge consists in shravana hearing the instructions of a teachermanana reflecting dhankaracharya what is heard and nididhyasana meditating on Truth with single-minded devotion ; viveka philosophical discrimination and vairagya renunciation of all that which is unreal are the basic disciplines required to be followed and that it is not possible for religious actions Karmafasting, vows, pilgrimage [5] to destroy ignorance avidya and cause liberation moksha —.

The body and other objects of perception are the products of ignorance and are as evanescent as bubbles. The Atman, the Sun of Knowledge that rises in the sky of the heart, destroys the darkness of the ignorance, pervades and sustains all and shines and makes everything to shine.


Self-Knowledge: Sankara’s “Atmabodha”

According to Shankra the phenomenal world is a mere super imposition in which we become entangled because of our involvement with the sense objects. Space becomes one on the destruction of these limiting adjuncts: I am composing the ATMA-BODHA, this treatise of the Knowledge of the Self, for those who have purified themselves by austerities and are peaceful in heart and calm, who are free from cravings and are desirous of liberation.

Aug 03, Sanjay Gautam rated it liked it. By indiscriminately mixing up the aspect of being and consciousness of the self with the function shankaraccharya the individual consciousness, there springs up shankkaracharya idea “I know.

Knowledge alone destroys ignorance, as light destroys dense darkness. Brahman is other than this, the universe.

Atmabodha – Knowledge of Self

Shankara describes the world and the individual soul are in true essence Brahman, the Absolute Reality, with the nature of Sat-chit-anand, or truth-consciousness-bliss. Know for certain that the Atman is other than these three conditioning bodies Upadhis.

Depending upon the energy of vitality of Consciousness Atma Chaitanya the body, senses, mind and intellect engage themselves in their respective activities, just as men work depending upon the light of the Sun. Nothing whatever exists other than the Atman: Just as a lamp illumines a jar or a pot, so also the Atman illumines the mind and the sense organs, etc.

Though Atman is Pure Consciousness and ever present everywhere, yet It is perceived by the eye-of-wisdom alone: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. One should understand the self as other than these three bodies or conditions.