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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By indiscriminately mixing up the aspect of being and consciousness of the self with the function of the individual consciousness, there springs up the idea “I know.

If you want to promote our shankarachwrya please write an introduction and post a link to it on your blog or website. The body and other objects of perception are the products of ignorance and are as evanescent as bubbles.

Atma bodha – Wikipedia

But knowledge surely destroys ignorance, as light destroys the densest darkness. Sitting in a lonely place, free of all passions, with the senses subjugated, one should contemplate that one infinite self, without thinking of anything else. However, recent scholarship doubts that the text was written by Shankara. The immutable, the one uninterrupted bliss, which is indicated by the Vedanta by excluding what is not it,—that should be understood as Brahman.

Published December 1st by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center first published Views Read Edit View shankagacharya. Knowing all, he should be like one that knows not, and should wander about, unattached, like the wind. All the manifested world of things and beings are projected by imagination upon the substratum which is the Eternal All-pervading Vishnu, whose nature is Existence-Intelligence; just as the different ornaments are all made out of the same gold.

Rigveda Yajurveda Samaveda Atharvaveda. That which is neither subtle nor dense, neither short nor long, which is unborn, immutable, devoid of form, quality, caste or name,—that should be understood as Brahman.


Action cannot destroy ignorance, for it is not in conflict with or opposed to ignorance. Open Preview See a Problem? Moksha Moksha Anubhava Turiya Sahaja.

Eashwar Thiagarajan rated it it was amazing Dec 30, 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.

Ian Cattanach rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Yet, because of ignorance it is not realised. A very good book, but I felt a lot is lost in translation. Compared with all other forms of discipline Knowledge of the Self is the one direct means for 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. So also the Omnipresent Truth appears to be diverse on account of Its association with the various Upadhis and becomes one on the destruction of these Upadhis.

Sridhar rated it it was ok Apr 02, TThis treatise called “Knowledge of Self” is written for the sake of those whose atmwbodha have been destroyed by austerities and who, with a tranquil shankaracharyw and free from attachment, long for liberation. The pure self, by the relation of the five sheaths, etc.

The knowledge that arises from the realization of one’s own true nature, directly destroys the illusion of “I” and “mine” which resembles the confusion of the directions. Biju Jalal rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Shankara describes the world and the individual soul are in true essence Brahman, the Absolute Reality, with the nature of Sat-chit-anand, shankaraacharya truth-consciousness-bliss.

Likewise to the non-discriminating person the Atman appears to be active when It is observed through the functions of the sense-organs. Like space, the Lord Vishnu, coming in contact with various conditions, appears to be different by reason of their differences, but is seen to be undifferentiated when those conditions are destroyed.

Self-Knowledge: Sankara’s “Atmabodha”

Sound and other objects of sense have no connection with me, for I am other than the senses. Thereafter he dwells as an embodiment of the Infinite Consciousness and Bliss. But when that ignorance is destroyed, the unconditioned self shines by its own light, like the sun when the clouds have disappeared. And by discovering your inner Self you experience the infinite, all pervading Brahman. The All-pervading Akasa appears to be diverse on account of its association with various conditionings Upadhis which are different from each other.


All objects are pervaded by Brahman. To appreciate the true essence of the book id recommend actually learning some basic sanskrit and reading the book in skt with the help of a dictionary or something. 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.

These material-objects by themselves cannot illumine themselves because they are inert. Refresh and try again. The tremblings that belong to the waters are attributed through ignorance to the reflected moon dancing on it: Atmabodha means “Self-knowledge”, self-awareness, or one with the “possession of a knowledge of soul or the supreme spirit”.

The devotee yogin that has gained right realization sees all things, by the eye of knowledge, as existing in his own self, and the one self as all things. The distinction of knower, knowledge and the known does not exist in respect of the supreme self. Shankara travelled across India and other parts of South Asia to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers.

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