Welcome to the world of aatmagyan.
We assume you have gone through the welcome page and the articles on it.
Before we begin this journey let me clarify some essentials…
- 1. What is a word? What is terminology?
Can we know for a fact that another has interpreted the same thing that we have? A word is simply a formation of sound. What is associated with the word is what defines it. It’s like humans and the old saying- ‘I think therefore I am’. Every human being is the same, yet equality is a goal that we are trying to achieve. The fact is that there is no equality, there is no uniformity- and there never can be. The simple reason is that every individual is defined by the idea he/she represents. The masses are called the masses because they represent the idea of being part of the herd. There is no distinguishing factor that exists between them. They simply follow what is being said, what they are being told to do. Those that do think become outcasts. Either themselves or because the masses force them to.it is good that they do because the truth is that there cannot be equality amongst unequal’s. Leaders and followers cannot be one. In the absence of leaders there can be no followers, and in the absence of followers there is no one to lead. Life is co-existence. Life is duality. Life is interrelated.
What we interpret of a word will thus change with a change in our state of conscious understanding.
The objective of spirituality is to raise ones level of consciousness to a state called enlightenment, Buddhahood, Krishna consciousness, Christ consciousness. It is the metamorphosis that enables true alchemy- the conversion of this base mortality (lead) into immortal divinity (gold).fortunately or unfortunately this is not a one minute process. The realization is. The process is not. In fact we are a result of this process. It is this process that has caused this soul to come again and again, in different forms. This is why life although similar is never the same for any two people. It is true that we are mortal immortals. Who we are today can never come back to us. This being exists for only this one life. So, we do not get multiple chances. It is the soul which is immortal……..
But, what is the soul? Where is it? What or who is god?
This is where aatmagyan comes in. in Hindi,’ aatma’ means soul and ‘gyan’ means wisdom. Thus aatmagyan literally translates into wisdom of the soul. This is something that everything in this universe possesses. We classify things into living and non- living based upon our limited understanding and perception. The most basic truth that needs to be understood is that- “nothing and I mean nothing is created or destroyed without a reason and nothing, I repeat nothing created has any purpose”. If we understand the reason for our being and the purposelessness of this being, we enter into the domain of the soul. Then the process starts. Siddhartha (the caterpillar) saw a world he did not like. He went to live under a tree and closed himself in deep introspection. He created his cocoon and sealed himself within it. He then broke that very cocoon and emerged a butterfly. The small fact we overlook is the fact that the toughest part in the life of the caterpillar is breaking out of that cocoon and it is also the most important. In the absence of hardships those wings cannot develop and that butterfly cannot fly…often life creates conditions and circumstances that go against what we want, that are not conducive to our being. The truth is that it is these phases that truly define us. Intense meditation is simply concentrating and shortening the entire process. All of us will have to go through many phases in life. A true and proper understanding of who we are allows us to truly and properly understand each event as an external perceiver. There is a great difference between involvement and entanglement. One must be involved in life, not entangled in it.
To sum up, aatmagyan is the inherent knowledge we all possess. Everything lives because of this knowledge; however it is only the human being that has the ability to truly understand this knowledge. And it this knowledge that makes us understand the reason for our being. It is this knowledge that shows us the futility of life. It is this knowledge that makes our life fruitful and gives it purpose.