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 wise one should intelligently merge the entire world-of-objects in the Atman alone and constantly think of the Self ever as contaminated by anything as the sky. Nikhilananda states that Shankara’s Vedic non-dualistic Advaita philosophy is based on the shankaracharyq of the soul, the unity of existence, the Oneness of the Godhead.

Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute. NT rated it really liked it May 03, Space becomes one on the destruction of these limiting adjuncts: The self-abiding Jivan Mukta, relinquishing all his attachments to the illusory external happiness and satisfied with the bliss derived from the Atman, shines inwardly like a lamp placed inside a jar.

If any object other than Brahman appears to exist, it is unreal like the mirage. The body, senses, mind and consciousness, carry on their respective activities by depending on the consciousness atmbodha the self, like men depending on the shankaracharay light. One should understand that the Atman is always like the King, distinct from the body, senses, mind and intellect, all of which constitute the matter Prakriti ; and is the witness of their functions.

The four-faced Brahma and others, that are but parts of that self which is uninterrupted bliss, become happy, each in his own degree, by possessing a particle of that bliss.


One should separate the grain of the pure inner self from the chaff of the body and- other sheaths by the threshing of reason. I am not the mind, and, therefore, sorrow, desire, hatred, fear, etc. Know for certain that the Atman is other than these three conditioning bodies Upadhis.

The moon appears to be running when the clouds move in the sky. I am attributeless, functionless, eternal, doubtless, stainless, changeless, formless, eternally free, and unconditioned. Working on this version very slowly, since it contains the original Sanskrit and with that I’m just a beginner: We like publicity, but not in this manner.

I am other than the body and so I am free from changes such as birth, wrinkling, senility, death, etc. The Jagat appears to be true Satyam so long as Brahman, the substratum, the basis of all this creation, is not realised.

I am imperishable, ever the established truthalike to all, unattached, unconditioned, imperturbable. It is pure existence, where as the mind and the body are unreal shankzracharya mutable. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

Like the space I fill all things within and without. On account atmaboddha Its being of the nature of endless Bliss, It does not admit of such shankagacharya within Itself. Leaving aside all attachments to external and transient pleasures, and happy in the bliss of the self, such a one, for ever, shines within, like a light inside a globe.

Adi Shankara is believed to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and the founder of the Shanmata tradition of worship. Nagarajan Narayanan rated it it was amazing Jul 31, The text in sixty-eight verses describes the path to Self-knowledge or the awareness of Atman.


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Atmabodha – Knowledge of Self

Knowledge does verily destroy ignorance as light destroys deep darkness. Hindu Way of Life. Shankara describes the world and the individual soul are in true essence Brahman, atmaodha Absolute Reality, with the nature of Sat-chit-anand, or truth-consciousness-bliss.

Views Read Edit View history. But when that ignorance is destroyed, the unconditioned self shines by its own light, like the sun when the clouds have disappeared.

Having crossed the ocean of ignorance and having slain the demons of likes and dislikes, etc. I read a translated version in Dutch.

Self-Knowledge: Sankara’s “Atmabodha”

He is reputed to have founded four mathas “monasteries”which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta.

We have been serving the world community since I am that atmabovha supreme Brahman that is reality, knowledge and infinity, that is ever unconditioned and ever free, the one undivided bliss that is without a second.

A really short poem on Advaita Vedanta by Adi Shankara himself. And yet, one ignorantly imagines that the individual soul knows, does and sees everything well.

The Atman does not shine in everything although He is All-pervading. Open Preview See a Problem?

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

By whose light the sun, etc. Shankara travelled across India and other parts of South Asia to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers.

It is like the illusion of silver in the mother-of pearl. The Soul appears to be finite because of ignorance. Atma-bodha with translation and commentary by Nikhilananda PDF. The world which shankarachary full of attachments, aversions, etc.