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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The self alone illumines the consciousness; the senses, etc.

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. 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. However, please do not copy information from the website and then atmaboeha us that you were trying to give us publicity.

Even though the authenticity of this work is doubted by present day scholars, it does not contradict the Advaita system which it advocates. Realise that to be Brahman which is Non-dual, Indivisible, One and Blissful and which is indicated in Vedanta as the Immutable Substratum, realised after the negation of all tangible objects.

Ian Cattanach rated it it was amazing Dec 27, A very good book, but I felt a lot atmabodhha lost in translation.

Shankara travelled across India and other parts of Hsankaracharya Asia to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand.

I am that very supreme Brahman that is reality, knowledge and infinity, that is ever unconditioned and ever free, the one undivided bliss that is without a second.

First pages are the best introduction to Avdaita I have read.

Sri Shankaracharya – Atma Bodha

Knowledge alone destroys ignorance, as light destroys dense darkness. Like the space I fill all things within and without. I found the main character – Sarah Fortune – really unexpected, and some of the detail quite shocking – just getting old?


Just as luminosity is the nature of the Sun, coolness of water and heat of fire, so too the nature of the Atman is Eternity, Purity, Reality, Consciousness and Bliss.

He is reputed to have founded four mathas “monasteries”which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta. To the indiscriminating, the self appears to be active while in reality the senses alone are active, in the same way that the moon is seen as if running, when the clouds move.

Sridhar rated it it was ok Apr 02, The yogi endowed with complete enlightenment sees, through the eye of Knowledge, the entire universe in his own Self, regards everything as the Self and nothing else.

Self-Knowledge: Sankara’s “Atmabodha” by Adi Shankaracharya

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. Compared with all other forms of discipline Knowledge of the Self is the one direct means for liberation. Deities like Brahma and others taste only a particle, of the unlimited Bliss of Brahman and enjoy in proportion their share of that particle.

That which is all-pervading, around, above, below, which is being, consciousness and bliss,which is without a second, without end, eternal, sole, that should be understood as Brahman.

Ayurveda Dhanurveda Natya Shastra Sthapatyaveda. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Atmabodha text reiterates that the Path of Knowledge consists in shravana hearing the instructions of a teachermanana reflecting on 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 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. Open Preview See a Problem?

Realise that to be Brahman which, when seen, leaves nothing more to be seen, which having become one is not born again in this world and which, when knowing leaves nothing else to be known. Rating relates only to root text itself, not to any commentary or associated materials. Shannkaracharya – Knowledge of Self. Venkataramanan Knowledge of the Self atmabodha is one of the well known works of Shanaracharya Adi Shankaracharya, written for the benefit of those who have cultivated detachment and want to seek freedom from ignorance and illusion.


As declared by the scripture, the self is neither the senses nor mind, but is unconditioned. Atmabodha is also the title of an Upanishad attached to the Atharvaveda. The self hsankaracharya no modification, nor can knowledge arise in any manner from individual consciousness alone. Space becomes one on the destruction of these limiting adjuncts: To appreciate the true essence of the book id recommend actually learning some atmaboodha sanskrit and reading the book in skt with the help of a dictionary or something.

The self, that is ever with us, appears, by ignorance, as if shankaraharya were unattained and, when that ignorance is destroyed, attained, like one’s own necklace. When this the lower and the higher aspects of the Self are well churned together, the fire of knowledge is born from it, which in its mighty conflagration shall burn down all the fuel of ignorance in us.

A lighted-lamp does not need another lamp to illumine its light. The Shankaraacharya Consciousness of the Self rises when the right knowledge has already killed the darkness in the bosom. Atma-bodha with translation and commentary by Nikhilananda PDF. Aditi rated it really liked it Feb 24, Mar 31, Deborah J rated it liked it.

Thereafter he dwells as an embodiment of the Infinite Consciousness shankarachaya Bliss. Being sole consciousness and bliss, it shines by itself alone.

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Self-Knowledge: Sankara’s “Atmabodha”

Gerardo Gonzalez rated it really liked it May 25, Moksha Moksha Anubhava Turiya Sahaja. Likewise to the non-discriminating person the Atman appears to be active when It is observed through the functions of the sense-organs. Though he lives in the conditionings Upadhishe, the contemplative one, remains ever unconcerned with anything or he may shan,aracharya about like the wind, perfectly unattached.

Just as a lamp illumines a jar or a pot, so also the Atman illumines the mind and the sense organs, etc.